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Busy times are coming and have actually already started... (sounds spooky if you don't know what I'm talking about Razz ) As you may or may not know already, I've started (since october) with the studies of engineer (not quite the easiest courses) and because the exams are coming in January, I'm working my ass off lately (sorry couldn't find another saying to describe my thoughts Razz ).

I just stopped writing a summary for Linear Algebra and I'm almost done with the summary. I've stopped summarizing at page 435 today, just before 6.6 Applications to Linear Models and have still 73 pages to summarize (508 is the last page of the book (without the index and answers to questions etc.)). So I'm quite safe for this course also because it is one of the easiest courses (although I'm actually one of the only that thinks that) I'll get. Smile

But I can't say that for all of my courses, I still have a lot to do for Philosophy ( Sad Philosophy isn't cool Sad and it takes ages to read those books) and Mechanics (After a test where I scored very little points (epic fail at test actually), I kind off gave up hope for this course...).

For Analyse (functions, differentials (of mutiple variables), integrals (of mutiple variables)), I'm also quite good. I started to summarize some things but because this course has a wide variety of possible questions, I'm keeping my summary simple (just some formulas with some explanations).

For Chemistry (God, I love Chemistry Very Happy ), I'm also making a summary of the Theory. I still have a long way to go because now I'm at page 50 and the courses are already at page 200<. People say to me that I should not summarize that much but for me it's one of the only methods that I found successful at High School (for Mathematics at least because that was the only course that you couldn't learn in one day Razz ). Also summarizing makes it easier for me to understand things when I'm studying the course itself. If I don't understand something, I just quickly check my summary, read it and *poef* I understand it, whilst if I don't have a summary, it could take some time to understand it (reading pages in the book, browsing the web,...) and time is crucial in January. Razz

So now you know what I'm doing when I'm not posting on Frihost. Smile


5 blog comments below

That seems very similar to what I got in the first semester. It can be a real hell, especially the mathematic (analytics) courses. The exercises weren't even representative of the actual exam questions. To study for the exam you actually needed to study the previous exams (the answers and exams were luckily provided), the exercises were simply the principles/building blocks.

Are your exams open book or closed book? Most of mine were open book, if I remember correctly. Although you mostly didn't have the time to look up the theory. A summary can come in handy in this case, I suppose.

Anyway, good luck! Very Happy
Bondings on Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:25 pm
Most of my exams are open book, which is good of course because I can use the summaries that I wrote during the year. Very Happy I'm definitely checking all the exams before christmas and actually as soon as possible so I know where I should spent some more time etc.

P.S. : Maybe the courses are similar because you went to the same University as I do? Although most Universities are quite similar in the courses (although there are some differences such as Philosophy, having to know or don't have to know proofs for your exams,...).

adri on Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:54 pm
I was curious too. But you never mentioned the university. Anyway, is your Chemistry professor called Creemers?
Bondings on Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:37 pm
Shocked Yes it is, actually. Razz Rumors say that the exams of Creemers are always tough and that the exams of Analysis are mostly the same every year (except for one or two tiny questions). And mechanics is almost impossible. For the test exam, 70% failed (with like 40 people having zero or less than zero), including me (I did not have zero but I did fail) (but it's better to fail now than in January, although I'm not spending a lot of time at this course because I rather succeed in the others than failing the others because I spent too much time doing Mechanics and with a change that I still fail for this course).

adri on Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:29 pm
I found Creemers a nice professor (while teaching). However I don't think he cares about the students and can be quite arrogant. Compared to the other exams I wouldn't call it a difficult exam, though.

About Analysis, one of the 2 professors left, so maybe that caused it. Normally there are always different exercises, of a similar type, though.

Mechanics is normally considered one of the easier courses. It's a different professor, but the previous one had a pretty bad (messy) book (written by himself). It's rather a question of finally understanding all the forces and how to compute them.
Bondings on Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:12 pm

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