I’m so tired.
I’ve taken a midterm and a quiz in Calculus, one quiz in Chemistry, a quiz in Biostats, done three labs in Chemistry, studied until 2am at least four times, and am generally just wiped out. There’s no real time to rest, though, as I’ve another quiz in Chemistry on Monday, another in Calculus as well on Tuesday, and a midterm in Biostats on Thursday. Oh, and a midterm in Chemistry on Friday. This isn’t counting the homework assigned for each class.
At this point, I’m glad I didn’t get into either of the other classes I tried to sign up for. I’m full up right now.
The Biostats quizzes are all take-home, so open-note. Students have to sign on the back to show that we didn’t get any help from anyone else or Teh Intarwebz. I saw people copying from each other before class started. I asked questions out loud, while at home, but really mostly to check on what I thought was going on (If you have a population of ducks and some number is one type and another number is another type, what is the probability that one of them will be male?).
The Calculus quiz was NOT at all what I expected. I did the homework, read up in the two different textbooks I have (neither is the assigned text, which never fails to make me cry), and thought I had a handle on what to do. Nope. Not really. Anyway, at first I’d thought that the quiz was a series of problems to solve. It was, but it was a series of steps for one actual problem. The instructions said to explain every step in complete sentences – as well as with correct math. He wants us to learn how to explain what we’re doing, which makes total sense, but at the same time, it’s very much not what any of us expected.
I don’t think I did well. The teacher drops the worst three quizzes, thank goodness.
I did get an 83 on the Calculus midterm, though, which feels pretty good.
I don’t think I did well on the Chemistry quiz either, but at least that’s just a quiz.
I did a bunch of reading and note-taking for Biostats this evening; the test will be open-note, so I’m trying to get really good notes written out. We can also bring in the answers to the quzzes and the homework. AND the textbook.