I'm stressed again! Had my biological psychology exam on thursday and I'm pretty sure I failed! You have to answer two questions in total; one from a choice of three from the first section and one from a choice of three from the second section. I suspected I'd find the second section okay and the first section difficult. I think deep down I knew I'd really struggled with certain aspects of bio all semester but I just kept telling myself not to worry because I know if you're in a negative mood that just makes everything worse. Deep down though I just had this feeling I wouldn't be able to answer any of the questions from the first section and I was right...
When I looked at the first questions my heart sank. They were the following:
1. Describe the two major classes of neurotransmitters in the brain and their different mechanisms of action
2. Compare and contrast the functioning of ionotrophic and metabotropic receptors
3. What are the functional differences between primary, secondary and association cortices in the brain?
I went onto the second section first and started answering that question but I just couldn't concentrate because I was worrying about the first section. We've been told that if only one question is answered; even if your answer is very good; the highest grade possible you will still fail. So I knew I had to answer one question but I didn't understand any of them; I'd been revising all the wrong stuff; about neurons and the limbic system and it all seemed terribly unfair because I'd done so much revision and all for nothing. In the end I answered question ne; I said the two neurotransmitters were small-molecule and peptides although I haven't got a clue if that's right or not then I started blabbering on about different parts of the neuron even though I know that's not relevant. I just felt I had to put something! Looking back I should have answered questino three because I know the association cortex consists of the four lobes and the limbic system; I just don't know what the primary and secondary cortices are!
I know it's probably not worth thinking about now; it's over now. I feel I will have to resit but I'm worried the same thing will happen again; I find bio interesting but I understand very little of it!!! I tried explaining to the study support people at Uni that I was finding the bio revision hard but she just said I'd be fine and then cancelled my study support sessions saying I didn't need them! I don't know whether to get back into contact with the study support people now or maybe email my tutor and tell him about the situation. My dad suggested maybe getting some special tutoring in biological psychology which I think is a good idea as I have to take bio next year as well.
I think I should just concentrate on revision for statistics, which is my last exam, taking place on Friday. But I think I will have to resit and if I fail that then there really is nothing to stop them chucking me out; regardless of how good my gardes are for other subjects