the last semester

12 Oct

I know, I haven’t posted in a while.  Sorry about that.  The Jess (my sister in law) is visiting, and I haven’t seen her in almost 4 months.  Plus I had a couple of university assignments due.  That’s the problem with the second half of the semester – all classes have assignments due at the same time, so every spare moment is spent researching, writing, and solving math problems. The first half of the semester seems to be pretty breezy.  You go to class, take notes, have a mid semester test, and that’s pretty much it.  Then the second half of the semester rolls around and we’ve learned enough to do something about it, which means we are given all sorts of papers and assignments to do, from each class, at the same time.

The Jess and me at the park (with the kids)

The Jess and me at the park (with the kids)

My math class (which is actually called Quantitative Thinking, but really, who can be bothered saying that when it’s just math work) is the worst.  For one thing, I HATE math.  I’m not at all good at it, and I haven’t done it since high school, except a bit of large format photography math about 10 years ago. I was fine at that math though, it actually made sense to me since we were using it in real world photography situations on a daily basis.  So I suck at math, and half of what we are supposed to do in our assignments wasn’t actually taught in the lectures.  Annoying right? Then I have to search the internet to find out how I’m supposed to solve these foreign looking problems, which takes heaps of extra time and makes me very cranky that we haven’t been taught the stuff in the first place.

25% of our math grade is based on group work, which is also very annoying.  It would be one thing if I were an internal student for that class, but I’m not.  I’m an external, internet based student.  I watch the lectures online, turn stuff in online, and don’t have to go to any face to face classes.  Group work is done online with people we’ve never met, in groups we were allocated to.  The group project is done 3 parts. There are 4 people in my group, 2 of which I didn’t even hear from despite repeated emails and group discussion board comments from me, and calls from the teacher (because I emailed him to say I hadn’t heard from people and I was leaving for another country before the assignment was due) until the day before the assignment was due.

We only got 70 something percent.  I don’t like getting below 85, which is a high distinction.  The second part of the assignment is due on Friday and once again, we haven’t heard from the same two people.  It sucks that we have to rely on others for 25% of our grade.  And that we got marked down for not answering math questions in full sentences when none of the paperwork told us to.

Anyway, I only have something like 3 weeks of classes left, then a couple study weeks, then final exams and I’m done.  I have one more assignment, which is a group presentation about honey for my food science class, due in two weeks.  So don’t be surprised if I don’t write very often for a while.  University is intense, especially at this time of year.  But then I’ll have a break from the middle of November until the end of February/beginning of March.

Hooray for that.

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2 Responses to “the last semester”

  1. Chrissy October 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    It never fails to be an external student and the lecturer decides to do group work. Always happens. And, as I sadly learned, it affects overall marks because basically the lecturer has his “class” and really you’re the ring in.

    Sorry for the let down but good on you for sticking it out.

    • Mommy Adventures October 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 I dread the final test though. Math is certainly not my strong point. At least with assignments I can watch youtube videos on how to do stuff and then do it. Can’t really do that in a test….

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