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    I have a problem with uni. They require us for every course to do least one long assignment, like 20 pages. And it can be really tedious to write 20 pages full of diagrams, equations, etc in word.

    I find myself spending time doing that typing and formatting, that can be more than the time I spend to actually research, read and investigate a subject.

    Do you think this is with all uni's ?

    Is this normal? Do you find it logical?
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    It's not the same with every uni. In part, it depends on what course you're doing.
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    (Original post by Tiger Rag)
    It's not the same with every uni. In part, it depends on what course you're doing.
    Which unis don't have that? I'm doing mech eng. Is there a way to be exempt from this idiocy?
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    Set the font size to 26. You'll have 20 pages in a minute.

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    That's just the way uni is at times, I had to spend hours putting together a 20 page PowerPoint doc for a scrap book assignment, had to upload photos, scan docs in, read and write short essays. Stop moaning, I had to do that plus work on other assignments and my dissertation which is huge 8000 words on it's own with an appendix on top, suck it up and get used to it.


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    I hand write mine because it's so much quicker and easier than working with \LaTeX or something. Diagrams and graphs are easier too.
    The most I've had is about 12-15 pages though.
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    It's called university. What coursework do you expect to be doing? They need to test the depth of your understanding of whatever the assignment topic is. You can't do that in a page.

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    I hand write mine because it's so much quicker and easier than working with \LaTeX or something. Diagrams and graphs are easier too.
    The most I've had is about 12-15 pages though.
    I've never heard of a university accepting handwritten work in this day and age.
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    (Original post by GoingToBurst)
    I've never heard of a university accepting handwritten work in this day and age.
    Both of my departments do and everyone I know writes them by hand. They don't accept pencil or red pen though. It's just so much easier get your ideas across and do complicated algebra by hand. Row reducing a 5x5 matrix in LaTeX would be a nightmare for example. And they don't want to spend the first few weeks of first year teaching you how to use it.
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    (Original post by morgan8002)
    I hand write mine because it's so much quicker and easier than working with \LaTeX or something. Diagrams and graphs are easier too.
    The most I've had is about 12-15 pages though.
    I hard written mine once (and not all the pages, only few calculations and lost 10 marks because of that!
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    (Original post by morgan8002)
    Both of my departments do and everyone I know writes them by hand. They don't accept pencil or red pen though. It's just so much easier get your ideas across and do complicated algebra by hand. Row reducing a 5x5 matrix in LaTeX would be a nightmare for example. And they don't want to spend the first few weeks of first year teaching you how to use it.
    which uni are you man, that's amazing
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    (Original post by studos)
    Hi

    I have a problem with uni. They require us for every course to do least one long assignment, like 20 pages. And it can be really tedious to write 20 pages full of diagrams, equations, etc in word.

    I find myself spending time doing that typing and formatting, that can be more than the time I spend to actually research, read and investigate a subject.

    Do you think this is with all uni's ?

    Is this normal? Do you find it logical?
    exactly the same thing happened when I was doing GCSE computing coursework. obviously I know your uni work and my coursework are on completely different levels.

    but I understand the absolute torture of getting the text in the right places, making sure diagrams are labelled correctly etc, etc.

    i'd rather just do it all on paper, to be perfectly honest
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    (Original post by studos)
    I hard written mine once (and not all the pages, only few calculations and lost 10 marks because of that!
    Wow.
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    which uni are you man, that's amazing
    Warwick. I don't know if it's the same for engineering.
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    as far as im aware, thats the life of a uni student
    for every module we have a long assignment and for every level (3) we have an extra long module and level 5 and 6 has a dissertation in each

    if your not happy with the work load, go back to college
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    (Original post by morgan8002)
    Wow.


    Warwick. I don't know if it's the same for engineering.
    well. thát's a serious uni, what degree are you doing?
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    (Original post by shawtyb)
    as far as im aware, thats the life of a uni student
    for every module we have a long assignment and for every level (3) we have an extra long module and level 5 and 6 has a dissertation in each

    if your not happy with the work load, go back to college
    Stick your advice in your as and get back to your cave.
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    (Original post by studos)
    Stick your advice in your as and get back to your cave.
    u asked if its normal and i gave you my answer
    yes it is normal now stop ur whinging
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    (Original post by ZiggyStarDust_)
    exactly the same thing happened when I was doing GCSE computing coursework. obviously I know your uni work and my coursework are on completely different levels.

    but I understand the absolute torture of getting the text in the right places, making sure diagrams are labelled correctly etc, etc.

    i'd rather just do it all on paper, to be perfectly honest
    Exactly as you describe it. It is insane to undergo this and waste so much time for such stupid things. Many students use typing services for large dissertations like PhD and I am sure many lecturers and professors have the admin staff of the department to do the typing and formatting.
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    (Original post by studos)
    well. thát's a serious uni, what degree are you doing?
    Maths and physics.
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    (Original post by morgan8002)
    Maths and physics.
    very nice

    and how do you deal with photos, diagrams, etc in your hand written notes?
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    (Original post by studos)
    very nice

    and how do you deal with photos, diagrams, etc in your hand written notes?
    In my lecture notes? I don't take photos in them, but diagrams I just draw in the notes in pencil. I usually have a set square and compass with me so can use them if necessary.
 
 
 
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