Phew! It’s been a busy week, and I’m glad to have reached the end of it. You guessed it – it was my first week of exams! And it was a triple whammy. First of all was an essay hand-in for my US Government and Politics unit, where I spent a lot of time researching Obama’s highly contested healthcare bill. I now consider myself a minor expert on the PPACA, or Obamacare is it is better known.
Then was my most dreaded exam – Japanese. I’m pleased to say that a few group revision sessions with my course friends really paid off. Yesterday was the final assessment for my Key Issues in Development unit, which involved writing 2 mini-essays under exam conditions.
So yes, it has been stressful, but the one thing I’ve fortunately always been good at is managing stress. Of course, I could save myself a whole load of pressure if I wasn’t always leaving it so close to the deadline.
In my First year everything was handed in right up to the deadline. This year most things have been a bit of a last-minute panic. So I’m promising myself that next year, my final year, I won’t rush things. I especially don’t want to rush my dissertation, and I plan to make a start on that early in the summer. But that will come after I have completed my last two exams. At least I have a good week to revise before my next test. The only annoying thing is that I seem to have succumbed to a slight cold, no doubt as a result of cramming hard this week.
Oh, if you’re interested in what the units mentioned above have entailed this year, fear not! I shall be giving you a run-down of all my Second Year units in my next post, so stay tuned. And seriously, don’t leave all your revision to the last minute!