Posts Tagged ‘calculus’

Grade grubbing and my anxieties…

February 27, 2010

Yes, I’m a grade grubber.  I’m not afraid to admit it.  I’m your typical type A, straight A, AP student with achievement on the brain.  So when I get something less than perfection, I kind of lose it, like yesterday. I didn’t do well on a calculus 3 test, so I got really upset and called my father and my sister.  I wanted to kind of just give up on school.  In my little messed up brain, I thought that what’s the point of going to college if I can’t be the best and excel at everything?  Basically, I’m crazy, neurotic and an Asian child in a white girl’s body.

What people like me need to learn is the point of school is learning, not grades.  I have found that I learn best by making mistakes.  If I mess up on something, I never forget what I did wrong, and basically, I never make the same mistake twice.  I think I learned that from my dad.  When I was little, I learned how to roller blade, and I would fall all the time.  I’d have bruises and cuts, but I didn’t really cry when I fell.  My dad said that by falling, I was learning.  And it was true.  Next time I went out on my skates, I wouldn’t fall the same way ever again.  I’d figure out a new way to fall, and by doing so, I’d improve.  Now that I know what I did wrong on that test, I know what I need to learn better.  I’m still disappointed in myself, and so I spent about 6 hours yesterday studying and doing homework but the good news about that is, I feel like I have a better grasp on the material that is being presented to us.

I guess the point of all this is the fact that instead of sulking and feeling defeated by one bad grade, I’m going to come out swinging and do better on the next test and work even harder.  I have gotten in the habit of not working as hard as I used to in college, because I didn’t need to.  But now, I’m ready to get back on the horse, and it actually felt really good to study that hard.

I’m insane.

AND NOW picture time.

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A fine lesson in procrastination

February 11, 2010

Well, here we are world…first post.

Anticlimactic, ain’t it?

Basically, I’m going to give a quick lesson in procrastination as I’ve perfected it.  It might not work for you, but I’ve found that it helps keep me on my toes and keep an adequate stress level.
First:  You need an assignment.  Now, you can want to do this assignment or not.  Doesn’t matter.  Right now, I have a calculus assignment that’s due tomorrow evening as well as a physics online quiz, also due tomorrow evening.  So there are my assignments.

Second:  Don’t do them.  If you find yourself with free time during your day, do something else instead.   The assignments will be there when you get back for the most part, and there’s always time to do them later.  Until your boyfriend calls and wants to go out.  Or your friend needs help with the very assignment you’re avoiding.  Or maybe your roommates want to go to the movies with you. Oh great, now you have to go to work.  Wait, there’s a party tonight?

Third:  Start running out of time.  All those little time killing activities have begun to build up and build up until your due date has become a deadline.  Now, if you feel stressed out and like you want to strangle small animals and cry, you’re doing it right.  Those who truly procrastinate as a way of life will still avoid the assignment at this point, and decide to do it once they calm down a little bit.
Fourth:  Frantically try to complete the assignment as each tick of the clock kills more precious time, which you need more than anything at this point.  Watch as time slips further and further away as you find that you only have one minute to finish 4 problems for your online assignment, and those due dates are not soft and fluffy and kind like the ones professors tend to make for turn in assignments.  You press submit for any work you have and call it a day with your bare minimum amount of work.

And finally:  Blame the professor for you poor grade.  It wasn’t your fault you didn’t have time to complete the assignment.  Seriously, the due date was unrealistic.  Didn’t he know that you had a big soiree this weekend, or that Avatar just came out?  Seriously, how is homework supposed to compete with that?

Hope these easy steps could help you not complete your homework on time and scrape by in school!

And now, a picture, which I shall endeavor to include in all my posts.

He procrastinated.  Doesn't he look happy?

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