So it’s 2008 and Super Maz (that’s me) just got back to uni from the holidays, where she must have gained like an extra 200 stone it felt like. Damn those mince pies (its weird cause I only had like 5….a day…jokes).
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Anyway she came back to uni knowing that she wasn’t exactly 100% percent prepared for all of her exams, but still sure of herself (confidence was practically oozing from her). Having looked at the past exam papers, if Maz and her classmates were going to get a similar paper to what they got the previous years, she would ace those exams, not even ace them.. She would smack it around and flip them upside down. She thought she would be able to at least get between 50-70% depending on the exams. How wrong was she?
On a scale of 1 – 10, I would say 100. First exam she did (Internet Engineering, it’s about networking, if you know your not interested in it, it’s the kind of stuff where you would rather watch paint dry kind of boring), what a shocker, she had never seen a paper like that in her life, I mean what was her lecturer on when he wrote it? Some kind of drug that makes you think your students will be able to answer all these questions?! She’s glad she wasn’t alone though, pretty much everyone was feeling the same when we came out of the exam after two hours of hell. “Let’s kill the guy!”
After that atrocious start to her exams, it got a lot better. Yay!
Oh how I wish that was true, in fact it just got worse, her next exam (Graphics) was better, but that was only because the lecturer gave them a lot more help before hand. After graphics was her maths exam, now looking at the last eight years gone the paper has been EXACTLY the same, same format, very very similar questions, sometimes the same damn questions, all written by one guy, this year, we got a whole new paper, well it might as well have been written by a different guy, oh what do you know, it’s a different guy!
Maz thought she heard people crying on the inside in that exam, many also felt like committing suicide. After her Internet Engineering exam, they did not need this. Maz and all her course mates all walked out of that exam with our heads held low, not daring to look at each other. Everyone knew you didn’t need to ask the question: How did that exam go for you? You would have probably got a very high pitched rant with a punch in the face, just for good measure.
She had never seen maths like that, how can you put a maths question on a maths paper that they had never ONCE seen in any of the lectures? Well the next maths lecture they had, oh man did our lecturer sure get it. That’s when all the guns came out.
Her last exam she undertook was something called Signal Processing. Now I would probably say what this is about, but in actual fact, I have no idea, I could say signals, but that would be the kind of thing where you take a question and turn it around, because you don’t actually know what the question was asking in the first place. The lecturer for this module is the worst teacher she ever had the misfortune of learning from. Did I say learning from? She hadn’t learnt one thing from the git, and I’m sure know one has. Just ask Alice (Maz’s fellow classmate and revision buddy extraordinaire!)
Basically Maz taught herself for this exam, the night before they crammed about 5 topics into our heads from something about the Frequency Spectrum of a signal to Fourier Transforms (never again will she be cramming the night before an exam). Why the night before?
Basically they had no idea what to revise, they then looked at the previous exam papers saw that the same questions always came up and revised like that, since all of their exams were so close together they didn’t really have that much time to look find out much about it before hand. So the night before it had to be.
Super Maz and fellow course mates are actually quite proud that they did this. Because after the exam they came out feeling ok, not great, but she thinks she passed, she doesn’t want to jinx it, or get her hopes up, so that’s enough about that.
So that’s how the Amazing Super Maz failed her first semester exams. She can see her first class degree floating away in the distance, shame really, for a little while there she actually thought she had a chance to get that 1st, looks like she’ll have to settle for less.