You shoulda posted this thread last week…but then I probably would have spent even less time on my vital school projects. Let’s see, what didn’t I do last week??
My English paper:
Topic was creative power in the works of JRR Tolkien…i.e. his characters & their motivations for creative works. This meant that I had to read large parts of several of his books, because I wanted to quote (by page number) lots of stuff. Lucky I’d already read the parts of his Letters and the Silmarillion that I wanted to use, and all of LOTR, or I would have been very badly screwed.
As it was, the rough draft was due Monday (2 wks ago) and we were supposed to proofread each others’ papers Mon. & Wed. in class. I didn’t even start writing it until, what, Friday before it was due? after two pages I left it sit until Monday, worked on it a tad then, and ended up doing it in a rush Tuesday night, pulling an all-nighter for Wednesday. Did I mention it was supposed to be 10 pages? (I ended up with about 17.) Missed Monday’s class AND Wednesday’s, so I won’t be getting the marks for participating in the proofing.
The final draft I did a bit better on, actually getting it handed in by last Monday when it was due, and actually working on it when I was mostly awake. But I still didn’t start revising it until a day or two before it was due. Amazingly enough, the instructor liked the paper. I’ve skipped almost half the classes for that course, but the instructor seems to like my writing style, and the final was extremely easy, so I’ve gotten off easy. Will probably pull an A, but by no means because of my industrious labour!
My physics labs:
My excuse/reason for not doing these was that I had my English paper to do and couldn’t do both at the same time, but as we all know I wasn’t even doing my English when I was saying this. I had three lab experiments to write up, the first one dating from as far back as March 8 (!). I kept promising them to my instructor and not turning them in…finally started really earnestly working on them this week, figuring that final exam day was the absolute latest I could get them turned in. Exam day, Thursday, rolls around, and I’ve got about 1/2 of one done and 1/3 of another. Tell my instructor, “Yeah, I’ll bring them by this afternoon,” skip work and type like heck from 2 pm til 11:30 pm, getting two of the three done. Debate with self whether to finish up the other one, which is on oscillations in A/C currents–something I missed most of in class, and didn’t really understand the lab anyway. Decide to possibly work on it the next day, but wimp out and talk myself into not turning in the last lab. Still haven’t done it. Hope to God Mr Z. doesn’t give me an “incomplete” grade instead of the B or C I’ll get if he assumes I just forgot about the third one…
Studying for exams:
Three finals: English, physics, and calculus. Studied for approximately an hour, possibly two, for each one, the night before the respective exam. English was fine, but I knew the math one was going to be hell. It was–I’m glad I at least spent the time to put the relevant formulas on my formula sheet (we’re allowed a couple pages of formulas, just no actual problems/answers, for our exams). Everyone had a hard time with that exam, and my study buddy says he didn’t study for it either. That’s great for moral support, but it’s not going to help if I flunk the course! Don’t know my marks yet but assume it’ll be a B or so. Physics? I skimmed through the last few chapters of the book, making sure I kind of knew the basics of what we’d been talking about, but no hard-core studying. It didn’t help that I’d missed large sections of that class, too. I MEANT to tackle both the math & physics and really, really cram for them, I really did, but of course I never got around to it. Aargh. The marks bulletin board will show what I’ve gotten in those courses, I’m almost afraid to look…
Y’know what? I think this thread is some kind of confessional…can we have a celebratory/consoling thread after everyone’s done their exams?
I had no idea my (non-)study methods were so typical.