British767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 20 Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2108 times:
I'm a 2nd year uni student studying German and Management. I'm just interested to see if other uni/college students here are doing a helluva lot of work at the moment, in the run up to the exam period. I've just finished one 1,500 word essay which was done in German, am currently working on a 2,500 word Marketing essay, then need to do 2x 2,000 German literature essays (about Goethe and Kafka) and also one more 2,000 word Strategic management essay. All this for the next 3 weeks (with at least 1 deadline each week).
Anybody else got a large amount of essays/exams to get through at the moment? Everybody at my uni is having the same problem (we couldn't have started earlier as we've only just been given the essay titles).
AirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2058 times:
It appears I have it easy compared to you guys, but being a first year student helps in that regard.
I have an 8-10 page English paper due in 3 weeks, a Materials Science test tomorrow, a Calc 2 test in a week and a half, and a presentation about the Engineering College in 4 weeks. And I haven't started anything yet. Guess what I'm doing over spring break? Some of that, not all.
AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2033 times:
I have an 8-10 page paper due at the end of month, along with some database and spreadsheet projects. In April, I have a 2-page paper and 2 final exams then I'm done with my B.A. on May 6th. Almost over.....
PLANAR From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1987 times:
Nice.... I had to write a 3000 word paper for journal publication which had to be re-written over and over again so the word count is actually so very misleading. Plus I fumbled up so badly that my immediate colleague has taken over it now!
Then I had an exam in Fracture Mechanics today afternoon, which by the looks of it went through my system without causing any apparent damage.
Coming up next though is a presentation next week, submission of two homework assignment on Monday and Thursday respectively, another set of experiments, an exam two weeks later! Life sucks!!
But then the lab group is going to go to a trip to Washington DC for a conference during spring break... that ummm... might be fun... I guess!
GQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1986 times:
Quoting British767 (Thread starter): I'm just interested to see if other uni/college students here are doing a helluva lot of work at the moment, in the run up to the exam period.
I've still got 6 weeks till exams, but I've got projects every week. Usually at least 3 projects assigned and due every week, along with usual book wook in 2 other classes. I know what you mean, man. Racketball, hockey, and poker night is what gets me through it.
Not especially. I go to the Degree Factory of Texas At San Antonio, where actual college work is unheard of, much like actual learning. But there are apparently a few people here overnight studying, I wrote 60 parking tickets last night out of boredom and I wasn't even being a hardass.
Its a good thing midterms haven't been that bad, we have been swamped with BS at work so I have been pulling a lot of overtime.. It is nice to have a little money.
Saxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 39
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1974 times:
My students are zombies right now from being overloaded. I make all the final class work due a week early on purpose, because I know next week (final exam week), they're going to be struggling even worse.
These 11-week terms (we're on a quarter system) are rough that way.
WSOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
Rather than tallying words and pages, the university culture here in Finland places emphasis on disposition and clarity. Your work will receive good marks if it is a well-conceived one that keeps to its thesis, and meets the technical criteria on citing and similar.
CaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1948 times:
Quoting WSOY (Reply 15): Your work will receive good marks if it is a well-conceived one that keeps to its thesis, and meets the technical criteria on citing and similar.
And that is why it amazes me we have so many international students at colleges in the US. Our educational experience consists of memorizing crap from lecture notes and textbooks only to puke them back onto a test, or into a paper in condensed form. Any creative thinking is punished, severely.
FlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1929 times:
Environmental consulting I only have a group (which is the entire class as one group) environmental assessment due as our final (no test), My instructional design in aviation class (for those of us that don't want to be CFI's) have 1 more test and the final, all have been take home right out of the FOI book so I have 100% on all those (final will be take home too). Weather for aircrews I have 1 or 2 more tests and an international weather brief as our final (once again no final test). So as of right now, my finals week will consist of NO finals! HOORAY for being a senior flight student!!!
Good luck with that. I studied Kafka in high school, and it nearly killed me. I draw the line where literature causes more stress and anxiety than it alleviates.
Anyways, I have exams every five weeks or so, in the form of papers with essay questions, and we get four days to complete them at home. The next one is coming up in another two weeks or so, and I got done with my previous one at the end of February. It's usually pretty heavy stuff, but the course I'm taking now, Human Rights 101, is pretty weird and easy. The last exam was on international law and humanitarian law, and the questions for the paper were pretty much regular test questions, for example: "When did the Vienna Convention on Treaty Law come into effect for Finland if the country signed the convention in 1978?" Well, the convention did not come into effect at all until 1980, so there's your answer. Silly, just silly.
So I don't believe I'll be working very hard at all this semester, which suits me perfectly.
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
SpinalTap From New Zealand, joined Mar 2005, 441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1904 times:
Quoting FrancoBlanco (Reply 18): I just finished my doctoral thesis, containing 20000 words and 93 pages! Congrats to me!
Seriously, I have to spend a few days off the computer right now. I hate my keyboard, my dysfunctional mouse, my fingers, my laboratory, etc.
Good on you bud, hope to join you later in the year but at the moment I have just finished the latest editions of a 59 slide presentation and 57 page (13621 word) final report for the people who fund my project.
"I get what they call a stipend, a stipend is like money but its such as small amount they don't really call it money"
Sv2008 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1877 times:
In my last few months of an Engineering degree, it's so much much work!
I'm working up to 10 hrs a day 7 days a week and still not keeping up with the work.
I got 3 exams at the end of all this too in may! At least I'll be free for the summer, as most graduate jobs start in october or November, I'll only work part time probably then just to have money to buy some stuff.
: RHUL (Royal Holloway). My year abroad's gonna be at LMU in Munich.
: So you're from the dark side? Good luck on your grade...I could never go into graduate studies