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Title: Exam stress. Posted: January 15, 2009 (05:10 AM)
I've never been a victim of exam nerves. Yet today, for some reason, I'm more than a little edgy. This afternoon marks the start of an 8-day exam period for yours truly, and the first set of exams for my degree that actually count towards my final mark. Somehow, this seems decidedly bigger than anything I've tackled before.
First up: Introduction to Cinema - specifically, themes in the history of film between 1900 and the present day. It's the first time the course has run, meaning my usual revision tactic of "look through loads of past papers and work out which areas are most likely to come up" has pretty much gone to pot. Instead, I've found myself making notes on the entire bloody 11-week course, with the result of compacting a total of 66 hours of tuition into five pages of size-10.
No idea what to expect in this one. All I know is there will be two lists of questions (one on pre-War cinema, one on post-War), and we have to answer one from each list. We have two hours to do this in, so I assume they'll be fairly broad topics, though my tutor did tell me there'll be a mix of "questions about broad themes and questions relating to specific films and filmmakers". I really hope the former are more prominent or more up my street, as that's where I've placed the bulk of my revision.
This sort of exam still strikes me as a little stupid. My Sociolinguistics exam (so, for the focus of my degree, fortunately) is a semi-prepared paper, where we've been given a list of topics that the paper will cover so that we can thoroughly prepare for the areas that most interest us, then answer on that in the exam. This seems like an infinitely more sensible approach. With this film one, having revised a total of ten topics, that means a fifth of what I've prepared for won't even find its way into my work.
Anyway. 90 minutes until launch. I wish I could just get it over with now.
User: wolfqueen001 Title: Posted: January 15, 2009 (07:55 AM)
Wow. That sounds a lot rougher than my exams. =/ Your system still confuses me a bit; I think I'll just pretend it's completely different. I know it's a lot more focused, though.
Anyway, good luck with all that. I hope you're not sick anymore; that could be a problem. I'm sure you'll do fine, though.
User: EmP Title: Posted: January 15, 2009 (12:18 PM)
Good luck/hope it went well depending on timing.
I'll find you a really awful game to review as congrats.
User: Lewis Title: Posted: January 16, 2009 (02:28 AM)
It went well, actually, I think, yeah.
Hell yeah, send us something to demolish.
User: JANUS2 Title: Posted: January 18, 2009 (02:13 PM)
I'm doing a module on British Cinema for my English degree. We just had to do an essay comparing 40s war films. Interesting stuff. Sort of...
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