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( Jun. 24th, 2005 11:28 pm)
Michelle,

Congratulations on getting a 2.1! You were ranked top of the Churchill
IB Computer Scientists this year.


I AM WIN!

I'm not actually sure how well I did on this paper yet, hence another Phoenix post-mortem to stop me trying to work it out in my head all the way home. It was a bit frustrating; all of the questions I could answer ended up having last parts which I could probably explain to someone in a handwavy fashion but couldn't actually get right whilst writing down.
Question-by-Question randomness ) Conclusion: Not quite as lousy as I thought, and still right on the border between 2.1 and 2.2 in general.
...brought to you from the Phoenix Room, so that I can stop it spinning around in my head for the entire half-hour walk home.

Considering my dire predictions of doom for this exam, it didn't actually go all that badly, I think; I'm fairly sure I got at least half marks, which is entirely adequate for my worst paper.
Post-Mortem! )
chess: (doing some serious work)
( Jun. 6th, 2005 05:29 pm)
As I confidently predicted, today's paper went fine. However, I still feel rather like I cheated somehow, because it only went fine because I revised the Exact Correct Thing To Revise this morning, which I feel is almost certainly the effect of the people who are praying for me... credit should also go to [livejournal.com profile] tienelle who explained my Data Structures and Algorithms course to me far better than the notes or the textbook managed (or, indeed, my supervisor, who suffered from English Not First Language problems).
An extensive post-mortem follows, of course )
I should probably do some last-minute revision for the next few papers, since today's last-minute revision worked so well, but first - Spod!
chess: (just a lizard)
( May. 23rd, 2005 02:12 pm)
I appear to be entirely incapable of working. Instead of working I have been sitting around on #larp and basically sitting on the internet reading porn. (My definition of 'porn' in relation to 'reading porn on the internet' is anything that I read for no particular purpose except immediate distraction.)

I think I may fail my exams. (Where Fail = Get a 2.2, because I already know enough to get a 2.2 whether I do any work or not.) This prospect does not fill me with the requisite amount of horror; lots of people appear to survive significantly worse jobs than I'm likely to get coming out of Cambridge with a 2.2 in Computer Science. I am just not good with stress, and tend to react to the general Exam Doom Vibes by being mentally paralysed and incapable of doing anything useful rather than being encouraged to do work. (Actual Work Deadline Doom Stress, as tested by the Group Project, seems to actually inspire me to get stuff done, so I should be okay when I get out of this place.)

I guess this summer I'll find out whether I am really going to be all right when I get out of here, or whether I'm just completely doomed.
chess: (just a lizard)
( Apr. 25th, 2005 11:26 am)
Had a variety of interesting, continuous dreams last night, mostly to the backdrop of the Firefly theme.

Tell them I'm not coming back )
My rendition of the lyrics of the Firefly theme tune appears to be slightly innaccurate, but as usual I prefer my version:
Lyrics. )
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