“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” (Albert Einstein)
I hope that this academic year goes plain sailing for all students. However, it won’t be long before we start getting our first marks and it won’t be long before our expectations are challenged.
Nobody feels great when things don’t go the way they planned. And it is sometimes difficult to come to terms with that situation. We start asking questions: “Who, how, what went wrong?” “Am I to blame or is it someone else’s fault?” “How do I get back on track?” Continue reading
We are slowly heading to the day results will be announced. Most of us have mixed feelings. I can personally feel a sense of relief but, also, I feel stressed. I try not to think negatively. I think it is crucial for all of us to enjoy our summer vacations, to refill our batteries and relax. Whatever has happened, it’s over now! Whenever I feel stressed and under the weather, I try to remember an old Chinese saying “Don’t worry about things that can change and things that cannot be changed!” Continue reading
My, my… It’s been already two weeks since my last examination, and I am still all bubbly with the information gathered throughout this year, in which I attempted three modules instead of my usual two. I bet a lot of you are feeling the same, maybe with a bit of regret mixed in (“why did I not start earlier?” “I should have read that author”, etc.).
However, do not let the regret take hold of you, rather, take advantage of that spur to action by evaluating your past year. To gear yourself towards interpreting your results, the first thing you should do is make a fair evaluation of your efforts: did you encounter any difficulties this year? Was your planning too tight/too loose? Did you spread your efforts evenly across all your modules? These questions and many more can offer you a valuable view of your learning style as a student, and the input can then be used to improve your efforts next year. Continue reading
The more I studied, the more I realised I loved learning.
To be honest, before the exams, I was very worried. I felt unprepared but at the same time, I knew that if I was given as much time as I needed, I probably still feel unprepared.
This was as prepared as I can get.
I was scared because I was afraid that I would fail and failing means that I would have to repeat the year. The thought of repeating the year frustrated me. Doing this all over again felt overwhelming and because of that, I nearly had a meltdown.
However, as the exams came closer, the more I revised, the more I felt like the subject and I clicked.
It’s like a sudden clarity.
Suddenly, I can see it in a new light.
Suddenly, it all makes sense now.
I wouldn’t say that I completely understood it but I could see what it was trying to say now.
It’s odd. I spent my entire year learning and constantly revising, only managing to understand parts of this knowledge. But as the exams came closer, all these parts suddenly merged and now, I understood better.
What do exam results really mean to me? First, I have to remind you that I am an ETNJ on the Myers Briggs scale which means I need to see relationships between things, analyze them, and make lists for lists. Exam results, the time between exams and getting the results, and even taking exams, is ENTJ heaven. While thinking about it today it occurred to me that exam results mean something different to everybody whether we are pleased or disappointed, are planning next term carefully, or just want to forget all about it until it is time to get on with the next set of courses.