exams are business

Usually coming up to every set of exams i’ll estimate what i’ll get and i’m normally pretty accurate. Overall this Christmas, i expect to average about 59% in my exams. So we’ll see if i’m right in late January when the results come out.

Right now, i don’t have official marks for any of my subjects and i still have to complete CA work in some, so these estimations are pretty blind (also i’m predicting my own score in final exams which isn’t easy when i haven’t seen the papers!) – i’m marking myself probably using some very complex system going on in my mind (i really do think about scores and look at past exam papers and guesstimate what i would have gotten etc..) but i’ll just call it ‘judgement’ for now 🙂

christmas exams 2009

As you can see, i’m not expecting to fail anything (a fail is anything under 35%). If i get through everything without failing, it’s job done. That will then be a total of 30 different subjects taken and passed over a 2 and half year period. I needed a second crack at one way back in first year but apart from that, there’ve been no problems.

The downside to being bombarded with exams and assignments and different subjects is that subjects you might love become ‘business’. You can’t get too involved with any subject because it’ll impact on your ability to pass another weaker subject.

So you then switch in to business mode and view subjects and exams as a profit and loss situations. If you’re not performing in one area, you slash spending (time) on one subject you are profiting in. All in a bid to balance the books and keep the business afloat (i.e. keep progressing for another semester).

It’s ruthless and almost a communism-like approach (sharing the wealth across all subjects evenly), but that’s what is required to pass in my opinion. I don’t think it’s a healthy thing, as it can limit productivity in your best areas, but that’s just me… others will disagree and say if you enjoyed everything you were learning you’d be living in a fairytale.

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