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So, naelse, you're at Cambridge, right? Don't you get in deep trouble if you get poo marks? My first year here at York Uni counts for 33% of my total degree! Worst thing is that I'm reading linguistics, a subject I've never, ever studied before.

My mate on the board of studies told me that next year, the first year will only count for 15% of the total degree. I feel slightly cheated.
i'm specialising in classical philology! so we're doing similar subjects...

yes, i'm at cambridge. the cool thing is that the only thing that counts are the final exams. but you have to pass the summer exams every year or risk being chucked out. So poo marks throughout the year just mean that maybe you get offered extra lessons and told to buck up. i've never done really badly on an essay, though... just handed in a couple that were written when i could no longer see and so were mostly good ideas written in gobbledygook.

i know how you feel about things being changed! it's so annoying, next year my faculty are lightening the load for people who had to start greek from scratch because they've realised that we're all failing greek right now. we were actually told that they expect us to fail. :hmpf: nice
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Damn universities .... most of my mates are just dossing about, cause nothing counts in their first year apart from their final exams.

I've been feeling generally poo about my degree anyway ... check out my rant from yesterday ... http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/t87152.html
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i'm not dossing!! i get a huge essay ( or two) a week plus 48hrs worth of language work. i'm dying!!

just read your other post...

awww *hug*

i find that the more drinking i do, the less it matters that i'm failing

but, seriously, focus on what you have achieved rather than what you haven't. and don't try to catch up. it'll just make you more behind. try to just do what's set now and then you can go over past stuff if you have extra time.

ooooo and have you done any semantics and syntax? it's killing me!
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Really great advice, I appreciate it *hug*

Yeah, I have 4 linguistics modules, semantics, syntax, phonetics and sociolinguistics. I'm really enjoying them all and sometimes I feel as though I'm completely on top of the work. But there's something implanted in my mind that stops me from recongnising this and instead I only think about the negatives, or how much I've missed/need to catch up on ...

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do you think maybe what you need is someone to tell you how well you're doing whenever you start to feel down?
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do you think maybe what you need is someone to tell you how well you're doing whenever you start to feel down?
You mean, like a friend, or a supervisor (someone who's connected to my academic progress) ...

I've pretty much done both. I felt so bogged down by the end of last term that I booked an appointment with my supervisor. I told him that I wasn't happy with my performance, results, etc and that I wanted to change my whole routine and the way I worked, etc. And he was really cool about it (I was surprised, given that he was my least favourite lecturer at the time!). He didn't really give me any advice, he just told me that I already knew what I had to do, and that I should just go for it. But something didn't quite click over Christmas (family problems ...), so I never did get myself into that positive frame of mind that I needed to make myself a better student.

I'm seeing my syntax lecturer tomorrow about the E that I got. She's quite nice, it's just a shame that I couldn't get off my arse and see her about the problems I was having during the term. I'll explain all of this and more to her when I see her.

I think my main problem is my negative outlook on life. My whole family is pretty introverted, quite self-conscious. And I think it shows on my personality. I'd definetly say that I've grown in confidence over the last two or three months (i.e., when I started uni), but it's this imbuilt negativety that I keep going on about that stops me from truly reaching my goals. The post that you read perfectly summerises how I feel sometimes ....

*sigh*
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well if you ever need to talk...
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Wow, a Cambridge student .... okay then. Thanks for the support!
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Wow, a Cambridge student ....
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we are normal too!
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I know, 'twas a light-hearted comment!

I can PM you my MSN if you're cool with that? My name's Dan, by the way.
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sure, (i'm selena)
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its the mornin so this probably wont be needed, but i find that when i have a few hours sleep, compared to not having any, it actually makes me more sleepy. i wud say go to sleep after ur semoinar and blow the mate out and tell them to come round later, im sure they will understand
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the way i feel right now i cant even think about doing an all nighter! I got 6 hours sleep last night i should be fine!!!!
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Never do all nighters..may stay up till 4 and get up at 7 but always get some sleep..it will honestly make you feel better.
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Let me set the scene. It's 03:15, I've just finished preparing my French presentation for tomorrow, I have a 9.15 seminar. What are the chances of me getting up at 8.15?

I have a mate who wil give me a ring when she gets up, another mate who's gonna bang on my door when he gets up, I've borrowed another mates alarm and set it for 7.30 and I've given another mate my keys so she can let herself in when she gets up to make sure I wake up.

I'm thinkin; forget all that. I should probably just stay up all night. It's only 4 hours.
Take 4 pro plus with a red bull, ur be buzzing all day!
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i managed to stay up til 4am the night before i had all my ict coursework due of which i had done hardly any...needless to say i got an E for 60& of my GCSE...
To be honest i never quite worked out how i managed to get a C for the whole thing!

Seriously tho, as long as you go to bed at 4/5 and get some sleep, staying up late isnt thaaat bad and can actually do you some favours in the exam
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Let me set the scene. It's 03:15, I've just finished preparing my French presentation for tomorrow, I have a 9.15 seminar. What are the chances of me getting up at 8.15?

I have a mate who wil give me a ring when she gets up, another mate who's gonna bang on my door when he gets up, I've borrowed another mates alarm and set it for 7.30 and I've given another mate my keys so she can let herself in when she gets up to make sure I wake up.

I'm thinkin; forget all that. I should probably just stay up all night. It's only 4 hours.
5 hours of sleep? That's loads for a busy student... or should I say I disorganised student who puts everything to the last minute (like me...).
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Take 4 pro plus with a red bull, ur be buzzing all day!
You do know that it's possible to overdose on Caffeine, and have fatal effects? (admittedly not in that dosage, but it's still enough to have a stimulant effect and it's against the recommended dose. In Pro Plus's case:

Each Pro-Plus tablet contains 50mg of caffeine. The pack clearly states that no more than one to two tablets should be taken per hour and no more than eight in any 24 hours.)
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No, you shouldn't. It's much better to get enough sleep and do slightly less work, than do the work and do an 'all-nighter'. The quality of the work may not be as good, plus you can always ask for an extention (well hopefully you can!).

Danni x
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No, you shouldn't. It's much better to get enough sleep and do slightly less work, than do the work and do an 'all-nighter'. The quality of the work may not be as good, plus you can always ask for an extention (well hopefully you can!).

Danni x
hmm i think its a bit late now :p:
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