So it’s been three weeks since I started university now, I forgot to blog last weekend because I was busy.. sleeping. And complexly writing a simple essay. I complicated things for myself.
In the second week of uni I received my first set of assessments. I had an upcoming online exam (which I did on Thursday – 90% =D – though I think many other people would have gotten 100% so that sort of rains on my parade) an essay, and I have group work that I should be doing right now.
So in week 2 I learnt that it is easy to blow things like essays and online exams wayyyy out of proportion. I got a little bit panicky; my thoughts were something along the lines of “university essays must be of a higher standard than high school essays! What if my essays are too juvenile!? Nooooooooooo!!!”
Anyway, so I looked over the assessment outline and the marking guidelines and all that jazz and it sort of calmed me down a bit. I can’t tell you just yet if a good essay by high school standards is good enough by first year university standards, but I’ll let you know.
Another thing, online exams are nothing! The word ‘exam’ freaks me out. I’m okay with ‘quiz’ or ‘test’ but exams are scary and harshly marked in my previous experiences. But this was easy – it was nothing!
Don’t panic too much about online exams, I mean, study! Because you do need to know everything in some sort of detail, preferably high detail – because sometimes you get tedious questions, but don’t go nuts because of the word ‘exam’.
Now I’m working on my part of a group assessment. I don’t have much advice to give yet, but so far, I do know that you have to do your part. If you don’t do your part, or if you do it badly and slack off a bit, your group has the power to get you a zero. All it takes is “s/he didn’t do the work.” And you fail.
DO YOUR WORK. That’s my advice for today.