I checked my grades online today and was absolutely surprised to see I received an A in Solid State. Either I did better then I thought and the curve bumped me over a 75 or the entire class did so bad the curve was incredibly huge. I’m not complaining.
Now only if my other class would get its grade entered. That’s an A but I want to see it on my academic summary.
I know there’s still a lot of time in between my postings, but I’m hoping to get into the flow of blogging.
Last Thursday was my first final. It was more of an exercise. Since the class we redone from the previous offerings, everyone regardless if they got the robot to complete the “final” received an “A” because of the work we did all semster and basically being the guinea pigs for redoing this class. That was nice.
I had my last final this past Tuesday (Solid State Electronics). I got to class early and asked the people that started showing up what they put on their allowed 8.5×11 “cheat sheet”. It was a total consensus that there was way to much to cover from 12 chapters in the book that we all pretty much said we gave up making it. The chapters in the book covered quite a lot. This also meant we all pretty much hit a wall trying to study because there was just so much covered in the past 16 weeks. Forumals and theories up the wazoo. Before the test I asked the teacher for some numbers playing. Going into it I already knew I needed a 75% to keep an “A”. Well I wanted to know more. To keep a “B” (drop 1 letter grade) I’d need a 9%. Yes 9%. If I just skipped the final I’d drop to a high C (78.5%).
Knowing this made me feel even better but once the test was handed out things changed. This was hands down the hardest test I have ever taken in all of my 28 years on Earth. Even my classmates agreed. This teacher curves very nicely so I have no doubts of getting my 9%. At this point I’ll have no problem taking a “B”. When the first classmate finished, right away the person next to me also got up. I asked him if he finished and he straight up said he guessed on over 20 questions (out of 50). Eventually 1 by 1 the others finish (class size is 6 students). I just wanted to get out of there, test started at 10:15am and here it was just past 1:15pm. The last person left around 1:10 so I just started guessing. I was lost and I knew I wasn’t alone. I left alast, just after 1:15pm.
I’m waiting for the grades to be available but I don’t think there is any way I could NOT get a lousy 9% even without a curve.
This semester flew by. I have a final this Thursday in Advanced Micro (it’s not a computer class, it’s robotics). I just have to have my robot preform the required task. It has to search a mock-up house floor plan and search out a randomly placed light. About half the class is working on this together but we ran into a few problems today. Now we have to get together tomorrow and try to finish it since it’s due Thursday.
My other final is Tuesday in Solid State Electronics. Now this one is a actual test. 50 questions, multiple choice. I need to get a 75 or better on it to keep my A. That (hopefully) shouldn’t be a problem. I just need to get started on my allowed “cheat” sheet. I can have 1x 8.5×11″ paper with anything I want on it. I have 12 chapters from the book to summarize and cram in it. I know people last semester had to use a magnifying glass to read their sheets cause they made the drawings and text so small to fit the most they could on it. I’ll probably just put everything from the 3 tests we had on it.
After next week I have almost a month off then June 6 (summer school session 2) I start summer school. I’m only taking 1 class, the required Trigonometry. The teacher I wanted is teaching so I signed up. It’s going to be super easy.
I still need to sign up for the fall semester but I’m in no rush. I’ll only be taking 2 classes again and they’re in no danger of filling up. Even if they did the instructor would get me in (he’s also the EET department head).