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April 24, 2008

Early morning exam panic!

Yeah, time to panic a bit. Exam at 2pm.

Maths II for physicists is harder (a lot to remember) than I thought and I spent too much time on Maths I and power generation. I don't think I am going to spend too much time on Einstein notation. May try to do some tensors but unlikely to make progress. And I don't think I could do optics even there were another week. Try to spend time on Fourier stuff while praying for luck to lagrange multipliers.

Looks like I am not the only one with such a terrible strategy. Two of the four main areas dismissed is devastating even 15% was in the bag already (from online tests). At least I THINK I am not alone. Marks get normalised a bit, but that's too much to compute.

I am in a situation so bad that give-away questions are not a give-away. Looks like I'll have to walk into the exam without further revision on maths I which is in the same exam as II. What a mess... I don't even have the mood to attempt question and notes reading is not a good way to revise, believe me.

One of the third years told me that 2nd year of the physics course is the hardest because of the complusories, looks like he is quite right there. Maybe I should start doing some more outside stuff next year. 

P.S. The quatity of maths terminology used in 2nd paragraph is to illustrate how sad and geeky a 'trainee physicist' can get. I still like to using the term 'trainee physicist' depite the fact that I would probably see the end of my physics career after that exam. Still thinking what option to take for exam in mid-June. And the air-ticket home for summer. And the lab. And the Deutsch oral. And learning tactics. *sighing*

April 21, 2008

Facing my last maths exam

I am currently revising for probably my last examination on proper mathematics because there would not be any more course on maths in my physics course. Apparently I am not the only one feeling the pressure, everyone on my course is sort of nervous about the exams.

The progress is dreadful as with all kind of maths exam. You can never do enough. There is always a way for the examiners to come up with questions that most of the candidates would fail. Of course that's unlikely but this thought comes to light every time I revised for maths and I feel fortunate that my maths seems fine so far (except a few). The problem about maths is forgeting something and that something is usually fundamental and examinable.

Anyway, physics exams are pretty mathematical... 2 days away from 3 hrs of maths with another phys exam in between. SO the aim now is at least to attempt a few questions from each topic and have a look in the notes if there's spare time. Some of the past papers look challenging.

April 20, 2008

Exam crisis cycle

I didn't have a good series of exam last year, especially the bit right after Easter.

I decided not to visit my aunt in Cambridgeshire (so no hair cut and home cooking) just to get some more 'revision time' but on the same time I spent my last two week of the holiday in a placement in school. So I really don't have much time but procastination took over the weeks.

I suppose to do revision without school. School is fun but tiring. Revision progress doesn't look good. I can't say anything. It is actually quite worrying, just like last year. I expected some sort of cycle, not one in school (i.e. carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, water cycle, or even motor cycle, none of them was encountered in the school I did my placement in).

Everything happens all over again, with heavier consequences. I REALLY need to get 60% in all of them, especially the two I have most trouble with (maths!). OUCH! All due to lack of commitment time during ... most of the time! (even I attend all of my lectures except quite a few which I can count with a single hand) Maybe I should start missing lecture intentionally, not! Looks like I should have done some revision during the first two terms but still, OH NO!

Time to get on!! (p.s. sorry for the unnecessarily excessive exclamination marks!)

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