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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Where were the equations?

Can you imagine first of all, a brand new Masters- level subject introduced for a course. Now, imagine that you have no previous year papers to fall back on and to get a rough sense of idea of how the exam would be like. Now, imagine your own lecturer admitting that there was too much material being covered and that he would reduce it for the next academic year, but there was nothing he could do about it for now. When asked about equations, he mentioned that we should memorize whatever 'was basic and important'.

Next, imagine that half the paper's marks would come from quantitative questions, and that the material covered in the course was dominated by calculations and formulae, some of which are easy and the rest confusing because they appear to be similar. Next, imagine the chill down the spine when you opened the exam paper, saw the questions, and when you tried to look for equations, there wasn't any given at all.


Next paper tomorrow, so off I go!


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