I miss the days when I write a proper blog post to express myself. Nowadays, I tend to write one-liners that probably wouldn’t be able to fully reflect my thoughts on Facebook. I want to fix that. I’ll probably try to write at least one post per fortnight.
Okay so, it’s been 6 months since my last post, which described my thoughts on my friends from secondary school and junior college leaving for universities overseas. Ironically, this is where Facebook comes in handy. It has become a very powerful tool in connecting people, no matter where they are on this planet. (Actually, that is describing the Internet in general, but you get my point.)
Also, it’s nice to be able to meet up with other secondary school friends who are studying in local universities, including the one I’m in right now. It’s hard to meet up, especially with clashing timetables, lots of homework, and other commitments to tend to. It was nice to be able to meet with Mervyn, Roger and Yuan Kang for lunch yesterday.
My study area. Might be unconducive to most others.
Results from previous semester:
1. CS1101S: B+
I was expecting to get this grade, and I got it. It was one of the tougher mods considering that I was (almost) completely new to programming, and this mod was the tougher basic programming mod compared to CS1010. I relished the challenge, though. It was also the last semester that this mod will ever be taught, which means I was part of the final batch of students for this class. There were many brilliant students taking this mod, as well as tutors, not to mention Prof Ben. It was indeed a privilege for me to work with them while building on my foundations of programming. It’s a pity, though, that I was unable to do better to get that A- that would allow me to take CS2020 this semester.
I mean, where else can you find such an awesome lecturer?
2. CS1231: B+
In all honesty, I’ve no idea what was going on for the first half of this module, as per at least half of those taking this module together with me. I’m also pretty sure that I bombed the final exam. However, I have to be grateful to have an awesome project team that included Ryan, Davin (a long-lost classmate from primary school) and 2 others.
At first, the grader gave us the lowest score for the entire batch. We appealed, considering that we got full marks for our pre-video storyboard submission and followed it closely in our video. And then we got another tutor to grade the video and we got the highest score for the entire batch. Awesome. How the hell did that happen? If not for that, I’m pretty sure I would have got a much worse grade for this module.
3. GEK1505: B+
Took this module with Kah Hou to fulfill university requirements. Honestly, I really deserve better, but I’ve only myself to blame for making too many careless mistakes in the midterms and final exams.
Yeah, he looks way younger on his profile photo in IVLE.
4. MA1521: B
I can safely say that I totally bombed the final exams for this one. But thanks to the bell curve god, I escaped a B-. I must say that Wang Fei was a good lecturer, though sometimes his magic tricks with Calculus can be really… magical. You don’t even know what hit you and where he pulls his methods from, and *poof*,
you get Koko Krunch the answer is right there. It’s damn imba.
Your typical magic show.
5. LAJ2202: B-
A university language module is no joke. You’d think that just because you are already JLPT N4 certified, and have spent half a year studying for N2, the Japanese 3 module, covering Minna no Nihongo Lesson 26-38, will be a piece of cake. It really isn’t, because studying for the JLPT does not prepare you for writing and conversational skills at all, or at the very least, hardly ever. It’s a really awful feeling when you try to express what you want to say in Japanese, but fail horribly. I entered the semester confident of getting at least an A-, and ended with a grade which was 3 levels lower than my expectations.
Nevertheless, I’m planning to strive on to Japanese 6 one semester at a time, and subsequently take the Japanese Translation module.
Also, I’ve never seen a teacher that puts in more effort in their teaching and more time towards her students than Chiba-sensei, the module coordinator and lecturer. I can’t remember exactly how many students there are in this module, but it could easily be about a hundred, but she takes the time to personally go through the work of every single student prior to the exams, as well as do 1-to-1 consultation with each student. She’ll also make time for such consultations when you miss lectures (once for me, due to CS1101S practical exam).
When was the last time you saw a teacher work this hard for their students?
I had the option of S/U-ing the B- in LAJ2202 and get 3.88, but decided that I would most likely get a C grade in some modules that are compulsory and require me to write essays.
Modules that I’m taking this semester:
Thankfully, this semester's timetable isn't as packed as the last, though I still have 7 hours of Japanese lessons as per last sem.
It’s already halfway through the semester, midterms having just ended last week. Until all my (potentially demotivating) midterm results come back, I will continue to believe that I am doing just a little better than last semester. Hopefully I will be able to get a SAP of more than 4.1 this semester to pull my CAP to more than 4.
I’ll probably talk more about other stuff, like hall-related activities, but that’s for next time. It’s already 4.30am woah.
Till the next time, it’s me, woonie, signing off.