I repeat this to myself multiple times before almost every exam I have taken since high school. I even wrote it on my “whiteboard” earlier this afternoon. I try to convince myself that going back and changing my answers will hurt me, not help me. Yet, whenever I finish, I glance at the clock and determine that I have enough time to go over my answers, just in case I left anything blank. Then it begins.
I talk myself into answers that made no sense when I first saw them, but after 80+ questions (and a growling stomach) every answer choice seems correct. First I check to see if I missed a key word in the question that would completely change the meaning. No? Well, maybe I misinterpreted the answer choices. Nope, I understood those all fine. Well the question should not be this easy, so this cannot possibly be the right answer, therefore I must change it. And I do. Begrudgingly I must say, but I still do. Then I move on to the next question, and the process starts all over again.
Finally, I get a chance to go back over my notes, and what do you know? I changed it to the wrong answer 95% of the time. I send up a prayer so that I can end this cycle of self-doubt and resume my studies. Of course the next day I repeat the same thing to myself:
“You will not change your answers, go with your first choice.” Yeah, right.