Posted by Amber on April 15th, 2012
Filed under: School
I have two and a half weeks of class left, then a week of finals, but I’m…urgh. My microbial genetics professor finally posted grades for the third exam. I don’t think I wrote here about that, since I was busy studying for it, so I will now. I went to every lecture and recorded every one. I would then hand write the notes from the slides at home and spend over an hour on each lecture re-listening to it and writing in extra things he said in class that wasn’t on the slides. Writing all the notes probably took about four or five hours, plus about nine or so hours listening to the lectures. So roughly thirteen hours just to make the notes. Then there was the studying. In the week before the exam, I probably went over the notes, explaining them to myself for two hours a day, so figure that took about another eight hours of my time. For the pictures in the slides, I used my whiteboard and would draw them out, explaining the stuff to myself out loud as I did so. That was probably a couple hours. So, altogether that was close to twenty-five hours of studying for this exam. I skipped watching a couple of games for this exam, and it was March Madness. I don’t ignore the Madness. I wasn’t happy with my grades on the previous two, so I made sure that I knew the material. Then on the day of the exam I got there around fifteen minutes early to start it early and just barely managed to finish. Unlike the other exams, I answered all but one question on this exam, and was confident enough. I was hoping to get at least in the 90′s (as in ninety-something out of one hundred fifty). But I didn’t. I got 70/150. I did worse than the first two. Sad thing is that’s around what most people got, and it’s a C with the curve. Looks like no matter what I try I’m getting a C in this class. I guess I should be grateful. Then again, there’s still the final I have to not completely bomb.