As I mentioned yesterday, in the evening I went for a coffee and a bit of a study session with another friend taking the 2級JLPT. How does having someone to study with affect me?
Being able to meet someone in the same situation is great as you can help solve each other’s questions and feel like you are not alone in ‘exam hell’ (a bit strong perhaps). If it wasn’t for meeting up I would’ve been at home not studying, anyway.
However, often my friend has such a far greater knowledge of vocabulary and kanji than me that I end up feeling pathetic with no chance of passing the exam. Likewise, my friend seems to think that my memory of grammar is better than hers. While we are sometimes scared of each other’s ability, at the same time we are each other’s motivation. I have to focus on the motivational factor rather than the ‘you are not worthy’ feeling.
We were saying yesterday that we didn’t think we stood any chance of passing 2 months ago, but now that we feel it could go either way. Because of this it would hurt far more failing by a slim margin. Still, any chance is better than no-chance-in-hell of passing.