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Posted May 20th 2017 at 07:35 PM by LlamaLlamaDuck

I've just woken up from an unplanned doze. It was only an hour or so but it's left me feeling really drowsy and lethargic. It's been a busy week at work. Thanks to our expansion (so lots of recruitment coming up) and Brexit (woohoo.) I've been tasked with going through all our personnel files individually. All 572 of them. Fun!
My poor dad is really suffering, he has a massive amount of work and a very short time period to do it. We stayed till about half six on Monday (I finish at half four and he finishes at 5), half five on Tuesday, nine on Wednesday, and half six on Thursday.
My exam is on 7th June so I've used the time staying late to study. I have to learn 30 terms (definition, relevance to psychology, example) and write/learn 6 essays. In the exam there will be 8 terms, I have to choose 3, and then 2 of the 6 essays will come up and they both have to be answered. I've got all my terms written up and recorded on my iPod to listen to. I've almost finished making flashcards of them too so that people at work and my family can quiz me on them. I've got four of the essays planned out and just have last bits of the other two to finish off. I'll split them into simple bullet points then and record those too.
I've been thinking once I've got all the recordings done I'll start going for a walk in the evening and weekends, I'll take the same route each time and listen to my recordings on the way. In theory, when I see the term or essay in the exam I should then be able to remember which point in my walk I was at when I learned that term or essay, and it will help me remember what information was involved. Apparently if you can count how many windows are in your house just by walking through it in your mind, then this kind of learning will work for you. It's worth a try!
Incidentally, if anyone wants a list of my terms so they can just throw them at me randomly, please do feel free to ask! I need all the help I can get.

It's only for a couple more weeks and then I can totally relax. No more exams. My last two years just have a big project, like a dissertation, and an end of unit assessment that I do in my own time. So I'm taking comfort from knowing this is the last time I'll have to do this.
Also, assuming I get a grade for my last essay that was similar to all my previous ones, then I will only need about 55% in the exam. I worked it out that it won't make a difference if I get 55% or 100%, I'll still get the same overall grade. So that takes huge amounts of pressure off. I also already have 10% towards the exam from a collaborative assignment so that's even more reassuring. As long as I pass I'm not that bothered at this stage. This module has been a complete nightmare so I'll be glad to get it over with.
Once it's done I'm going for cocktails with my mum, and then a few weeks later I'm going on holiday with my parents and brother where we'll get to see Elbow perform live in Sherwood Forest. Which I'm ridiculously excited about because they have some really amazing songs and I can't wait to see them done live. It's all going to be magnificent.

So that's the light on my horizon right now. Past all the stress and exhaustion and obsessive-attempted-learning, there is hope and light and relaxation!
Until then I'm going to be the not-stressed cat:
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    Good luck in your exams. I am so sure you will do well in them

    And its great to hear about your future plans as they really sound interesting!
    Posted May 23rd 2017 at 01:20 PM by Thinking Thinking is offline
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