I must apologise for my recent absence, but I have a good excuse: the scourge of students everywhere, exams.
After completing my group project, I allowed myself a much needed week off. The respite was short-lived however, because revision soon loomed.
When I was a maths student, revision was easy. Count up all the questions on the various problem sheets we got given during the year, divide by the number of days until the exam, and you’ve got yourself a revision timetable. With science communication (and Arts degrees in general, I imagine) things are a little different.
I tried adopting my tried-and-true method by setting myself a certain number of papers from the course to re-read each day, but it didn’t really feel like much was going in. A trip to the library rectified this, and I managed to get through a decent number of useful books. Some of them were even interesting.
All this wasn’t helped by catching a cold half way through the Easter holidays, leaving me generally slow-witted for a week and a bit. Thankfully my sinuses cleared up last week, and I had a go at some past papers. This was kind of difficult because the course content has changed quite a bit over the years.
Was it all worth it then? The exams were this Monday and Tuesday just gone, a three-hour paper on each day. The questions weren’t exactly what I had been hoping for, but I think it went all right. To celebrate our freedom the sci-commers headed to Imperial’s staff and post-grad only Holland Club for a good night of drinking. I got quite a few beers in, but I was knackered so passed up on the offer of continuing to a club. The exams were such a major effort that having completed them seemed to have robbed me of all my energy!
I’ve now got what seems like an increasingly rare occurrence - some time off! This term’s practical modules (Radio and Print in my case) don’t start until next week, so I’m looking forward to having a bit of quiet relaxation. Of course, this also means that I’ll have more time for blogging, so expect more regular updates from now on!