#SoCS Contrast

contrast

This week Linda has given us contrast to use for our Stream of Consciousness posts, which can be used any way we choose.

The last couple of weeks have been quite a contrast for me, especially when it comes to Uni. The first exam we had a few weeks ago was drug calculations. I had practised this quite a bit beforehand and had finished in 15 minutes! Luckily for me, when we got the results back, I got 100%. That gave me a bit of a boost, to say the least.

However, it all came crashing down on Monday, the day before we had our dreaded Human Anatomy & Physiology exam. The results were in from one of the first assignments that we had submitted, and I failed it,  miserably!  I had to look at the result again as I could not believe it. When I was at Uni before, I had never failed any of my essays. That took the wind out of my sails and I spent that night crying and stressing about the exam I WAS worried about the next day.

I thought that my academic writing skills were ok, but it seemed that I had been too descriptive rather than critical. Luckily I do have a chance to resubmit the consignment, but I need to have a good think about how to sort out my critical thinking before I do so. The worst thing is that I have also written all of the other three essays and submitted two of them. Hopefully, I haven’t buggered them up as well! I have lost all confidence now, despite the essay writing being something I was not as worried about when I started. That certainly is a contrast I could have done without!

As for the A & P exam, well… I think I did ok, but am rather wary now as I don’t want to jinx it. I have to wait until 15th January before I am put out of my misery with that one!

We have started our placements too so have been working 12-hour shifts with not a huge amount of time to study. However, we break up for 2 weeks on the 18th December. I actually broke up today which is a bit of a mixed blessing for me. Although I am earlier in breaking up, I have had loads of dental work done which is extremely painful plus (due to vanity), I won’t be going out or seeing anyone for a week when I hope I will be fit enough to be viewed!

Added to that, my blood sugars are playing up for some reason, and are quite a bit higher than they normally are, which has made me feel a bit under the weather.

Still, at least I have got that time to sort out those bloody essays, and with not being to eat properly for a while, I might even lose a bit of weight!

 

 

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18 comments

  1. Oh dang.
    Clearly you can write. It’s hard to write outside of our own voices though, so I always had trouble with anything that was APA. :/
    Good luck to you on your future critical writing!

  2. I am so sorry, sis! But now you know “how the rabbit is running” as we say here. And you can prepare yourself even better. Don’t forget that passing that exam is a great achievement and not an easy task. You have made it til here and you will make it over all, sis!!

  3. Trying to write for others is never as easy as we hope. The sad thing is, these teachers, with their professional standards are likely reinforcing a trend in scientific writing that divides rather than unites. My favorite scientific writers are able to bring a sense of personal perspective (which usually comes through rich description) to their work, a way of engaging a layman without strict critical details.

    Guess this is a case of learning how to work within the rules so you’ll know where to safely peek out from them later on.

    Best of luck to you. I SO hear you on the dental work.

    1. Thanks so much, Eden. Reading this really helped to make me feel better about it all. I have already been swotting up on critical thinking, the way they expect me to write and hope that I get it right next time! 🙂

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