As has been pointed out by many of my fellow bloggers over the past couple of weeks, it’s exam period and pretty much everyone I know is currently struggling to turn off Netflix and turn on their Cerebral Cortex. I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking it to; there are new episodes of New Girl on offer and *spoiler alert* Jess and Nick are far cuter than plotting complex numbers on an argon diagram, but then again… it is only a month of my life, and Jess and Nick will be around for a while yet.
On Friday I sat my first of three exams and despite the fact that I had a mad rush to hand in my final English assignment the day before, I felt extremely prepared and very calm. This week however, I have two exams and I do not feel ready at all. It’s such a daunting feeling knowing I’ll be sitting in that exam hall in 48 hours possibly/probably crying over all of the questions I can’t answer. Everybody keeps reminding me that “first year is just a qualifying year” (i.e. the grade doesn’t count towards our final degree) but I’m pretty sure that University is the first time in our life that education is genuinely about more than the grades. Okay so maybe in school getting GCSEs got you in to A Levels and getting A Levels got you into University but University gets you into an actual job (hopefully!), and I guess you sort of have to know stuff in that case, right? So despite everybody telling me just to make sure I pass, I actually am hoping to know more than 40% of what I’ve been taught so far. Next semester my modules are the same as what I’ve been studying this semester, just with a daunting ‘2’ after the name, so I’m assuming that means we will be building on our current knowledge, in which case it would probably be helpful to have some!
I was hoping to make this into some sort of procrastination-busting advice post, but alas I just lost the internal battle and fully cleaned my room instead of using epsilon and delta to prove the pinching theorem, so I don’t see myself in any position to advise. Perhaps if you have any good tips you could post them in the comments below?
Even this post has somehow turned into a means of procrastination so I’m going to leave it there and get back to the dreaded Calculus. I’ll leave you safe in the knowledge that my next post will be a lot more positive and exciting – refreshers week is but 6 days away…
N.B Looking at memes is not conducive to a good understanding of mathematics.