It’s Ending Already?!

Hello and welcome to my first post of May! I honestly didn’t intend to take this recent break, I just had a super bad week when I got back to uni which sucked all creativity out of me, and then a deadline which took up the whole of this last week. I didn’t want to not post, but I didn’t want to post totally miserable or totally boring things either.

But, my final essay of my first year at uni has been submitted, I’m almost finished with one of my four modules, and then I’ll just have 3 exams to contend with and that’s it! First year over!

It’s mad to think that one third of my time at uni is almost over. A whole third. And I’m kind of happy about it, not because I’m desperate for it to be over by any means, but because if it’s going quickly, it means I’m enjoying it. I don’t want this period of my life to drag out, I want it to be something I achieve because I’ve always wanted to, and that I look back on with pride.

BUT. It is not over yet. I have a long slog of revision ahead of me (I mean, I have just over two weeks to my first exam and have only just started revising… It’s a tad nerve-wracking, but I’ll deal).

One thing I am really glad about though, is that I’ve chosen my modules for next year and I’m halving the amount of exams I’ll have to take! This year I had three after my first semester, and I’ve got three coming up. Next year I’ll have two after my first semester and only one after my second.

I realise that to anyone taking GCSEs currently, that will sound like a miniscule amount of exams, and I sympathise completely with your plight. My academic year was the first to have linear GCSEs rather than modular, and I had 22 exams at the end of year 11. The great thing about uni is that after first year, it’s largely up to you how you get assessed – prefer exams? Choose exam modules. Hate exams like the plague? Choose coursework modules.

Quick FYI, though: most exam modules include coursework anyway so if you’re trying to avoid coursework then good luck to ya.

Anyway, to get back on topic, I was thinking the other night about how I’m so close to the end of this year at uni, and it was just one of those moments where you realise what you’ve actually done. This time last year I was desperate to leave my town, I was doubting even getting in to uni, and everything was so pressured. Now I’ve spent the last nine months living in Liverpool, studying what I want, with way more freedom than I’ve ever had.

It is quite funny though – you’ll be going about your day at uni, feeling like your standard student, a bit incompetent when it comes to actual life – you know, dishes from two days ago sitting on your windowsill etc – and then something happens that reminds you about your actual responsibilities. For me it was buying Mr Muscle Drain Gel and a book of stamps. Stamps. I’ve never bought either of those in my lifetime before.

I’ve spent a while recently planning/writing blog posts so I’ll be back again on Thursday!

Katy x

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3 thoughts on “It’s Ending Already?!

  1. Good luck to your exams! My third university term for this academic year has begun, and now I’m in my third week.
    Having passed through my first year and the first 2 terms of the second year, I know how stressing exams can be, especially in my case when all of the final exams are squeezed into a 1-week period and there’s like little time to revise all subjects.
    At my uni, most subjects I took or are taking have exams as the major component, only a few subjects that have a coursework/project that makes up a huge proportion of the grade. For example, Business Communication, which is a subject I’m taking this term, has a project that makes up 40% of the grade, plus in-class activity and attendance which makes up another 20%, and a final exam that makes up the remaining 40%. Principles of Marketing, on the other hand, has a midterm exam that makes up 35% of the grade, a final exam that makes up 45% and a group project that makes up the remaining 20%. The only subjects that I know of where coursework makes up 70-80% of the grade are English courses (Intermediate English Communication I, II and III and Creative Writing).

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    1. That sounds like a lot! A fair few history modules are quite coursework reliant, I find, often being worth 50% of the grade – where my English modules have exams & coursework the exam is usually worth 66% and up. Totally get you on the little amount of time to revise – I have only two weeks between my semester ending & first exam and for others it’s even worse! 🙂

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      1. 50% of the grade is coursework is actually a lot. At my uni there’s a history concentration for Social Science students but I don’t know whether how much of those courses are reliant on coursework.
        One clear group of subjects at my uni that I know of that is heavily reliant on coursework is entertainment media production courses (courses in the Film, Animation and TV production majors) and courses in the Communication Design major. A number of courses in some science majors also have coursework that makes up a significant portion of the grade, but those I assume are mainly lab experiments and writing up lab reports.

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