Well well, there was me thinking that my first set of exams that count towards the degree just couldn’t have gone better. My utmost effort went into 4 out of 5 modules (excluding People in Organisations unfortunately) that I actually enjoyed and found very interesting. I was rather surprised on results day to find that I was left sitting in a low end 2.1 having scored 59 and 57 in AI22 and DB21 respectively. I think it was natural for me to react with disappointment and to be very downhearted on the day, but after sleep I could see nothing but a valuable lesson coming out of my experience.

In a way this is very frustrating because I do not think the grades represent my ability or work ethic, yet now I realise just too much time was spent on coursework and not enough on time is spent reading around the module throughout the semester. In some cases this probably wouldn’t help and this is where most of my frustration comes from not having learnt that some exams require a thorough understanding of the module where as some are based on a generic set of past papers.

I could keep writing for a long time to express my argument about what I think of closed book exams and why I think I scored how I did. It would probably turn into a frustrated rant.

So no time to waste - I’ve changed my view on how I approach my study and manage my time. I wish we were given more than just 3 days (which was spent drunk, admittedly) to take the semester into consideration. Semester 2 certainly was slow to get started and that wonderful coursework rush is coming round again.

At least I am happy with the modules I have picked again this semester.

I’m more than ready to effect change and bump up that average.

If it’s not one it’s the other at the moment- so much for the ‘holiday season’.

After the most difficult semester so far it continues to get more difficult as exams that actually count are now looming. It will interest me to see some peoples performance in the exams as I don’t think the coursework is a true representation of anyones ability. So much collaboration occurred on so much of the coursework. It also surprised me to have students in the same year that a week before the se20 programming coursework deadline still don’t understand the concept of the constructor- yet they had to understand Swing and database programming by the end of the week. The best thing is that this person will probably score a first- once again due to collaboration.

Good luck and happy revision. I’m sure those of us that do work will create their own luck anyway.


I must admit, I walked away somewhat relieved in mid June knowing I had comfortably passed the first year. I was in a financial mess - acceptable as a student, especially as I am able to say I just had the best year of my life. I don’t think I would be happier anywhere other than the SOC.

Walking through the long room today I came across a different atmosphere - emptiness. It makes me want to get started at level 2 already. I never thought I’d catch myself saying I’m ready to begin studying again. Another reason for my impatience is through helping friends with resits, as Kieran says, you soon realise how much you ‘forget’ but I also realise how much more I want to learn. I must comment on how some students are strikingly idle in work ethic, which is a shame, especially at this level.
Resits almost over. Freshers arrive soon.

I say bring on a whole new year. I certainly hope my fellow students feel the same.