Semester two has ended. All my assessment pieces and exams have been completed and now I am eagerly awaiting my grades (9 days to go!). It was my first exam period as a mother of two children, and Tim’s first experience of looking after the kids without my help. We both survived and I am pretty happy with my performance in my exams.
I needed to take my deferred Discrete Mathematics exam as well. Lilah was only a month old when my previous semester’s exam period was on. I was doing really well in my assessment pieces and didn’t want to compromise my grades.I must say prepping for three exams, including a complete subject review, in 2 weeks was intense.
Pretty accurate at times over those 2 weeks.
I am so glad that from this new semester, Semester 3, my university has made their StudyDesk much more mobile-device friendly. I relied heavily on my phone to study when I was looking after the kids during exam prep and even travelling to my exams. As an external student, we have our exams in the major city closest to us.For me, that is Ipswich: an hours worth of public transport or 20min-ish drive.
I find it better to be alone on the bus/train and studying than to be driven in [I don’t hold a license at the moment]. It gives me a chance to have a final look over topics I am not confident in. I go into my own solo study place. It also helps me separate from mummy-mode. I’ve been in mummy-mode and written Ethan’s name instead of my own out of habit.
I admit, I was a little sad to see I was the only female in my exam sections. Multiple courses have exams at the same time. There were only 4 of us in my IT subjects, and I was the only maths student. I hope that is just because we are so dispersed across the state, country, and surrounding countries.
I enjoyed a nice 3 day study break and now I’m straight back into it with Semester 3. I’m also learning some programming languages alongside my course. I only have the one available this semester. I’d also like to get a headstart for my programming courses next year.
I don’t want to get into my Java/C++ courses and feel like this…too much of the time.