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Failed my electronics mid term

  1. Nov 1, 2006 #1
    Today I BOMBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBED my electronics mid term.

    I think everyone did. I hope everyone does horrible and fails so my F becomes a B.

    That test was stupid, wayyy too long and hard. Multiple choice too. I had to guess a few at the last 30 sec and just put something down.

    I am so tired of school, next semester I am going to be part time. I've had enough of this sh!t.

    I think I pulled a nasty 40-50% on that exam, if that. The teacher sucks, but the material is good. I hate school.
     
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  3. Nov 1, 2006 #2
    That's too bad Cyrus:frown: I would freak out if any of my test were like that...Luckily, I haven't scored below a 80 on any of my test so far this semester(cross fingers) I am to that point in the semester though where I'm starting to get burnt out, need new classes.
    Hang in there!o:)
     
  4. Nov 1, 2006 #3

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    Sounds like a **** hole.

    I hope that doesn't happen to me when I take more classes. I'm currently in 4 courses where most people take 5. I will have 5 next term, so let's hope it goes fine.

    Let's cross our fingers so that the rest of the class gets an F, and cyrus' mark becomes an A+!!! :smile:
     
  5. Nov 1, 2006 #4
    :rofl: That happened in heat transfer. I got a 53/70, but the class avg. was a 37/70 so I ended up with an A-.

    But honestly, I just hate that electronics class, and I hate my materials class. Nothing would please me more than to just drop them both but Im stuck in them.

    And our teacher hates us back. He has even said so. He's always complaining to us and gets angry. He gave us a practice exam that was a joke and nothing like his mid term. Sad part is, I really just dont care anymore.

    I hope they all get F's. Every one of them.

    A+, no chance in hell. Not even an A-. At best, a B-, if im lucky.
     
  6. Nov 1, 2006 #5

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    Our school has a policy not to Bell Curve, so that's tricky for to fix for our school.

    Anyways, the same thing happened with my girlfriend in Heat Transfer. (She goes to a different school.)
     
  7. Nov 1, 2006 #6

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    What's the EE class - circuits? AC? Signal analysis?

    And what's the Materials Eng/ Mat Sci class?

    Cheer up Cyrus, I just spent an hour trying to figure why I was getting a core dump. . . . . I had filled the disk. My inputs were OK (I had change 1 number, and a similar case had just ran successfully), my model is OK, there is not bug in the code (same executable ran fine in the previous case), . . . I had just ran out of physical memory on a 49 GB disk.

    I have to have results by tomorrow morning, and it's going to take several hours to get through the runs (about 45 min/case).
     
  8. Nov 1, 2006 #7

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    My Chemistry final was a bear, and I didn't think that I got more than 50-60% of the answers right, but thanks to scaling, I ended up with an A that pulled my average up to a B. I did a whole lot better in the Fall semester, but losing almost a month to back-to-back bronchitis/mononeucleosis in February/March really screwed me and I thought that I might fail some courses, though I managed to pull through it OK. It's tough to carry a full load of freshman Engineering courses plus an Honors program and electives if you give up a month of lectures, labs, recitations, etc.

    Good luck on the scores. If the test was that tough, chances are they'll have to grade on a scale in order to give fair grades. Frankly, if I designed a test that at least one or two people could ace, I would toughen it up the next time around.
     
  9. Nov 1, 2006 #8

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    Glad to hear things are still the same. I remember fondly my 27% on an exam that turned out to be a B. Bizarre thing was, the few things I got right (on the two problems) were simple, first year elementary stuff.

    Does this ring any bells for you out there? thinking:
    "I don't even know what I should be studying for this test!"
     
  10. Nov 1, 2006 #9
    it might have been the prof trying to trick everyone into studying harder for the course. i had this one instructor for odes in one fall term & on the first midterm he put brutal problems (wel not so much brutal as long) & graded extra strict & everyone failed. when he handed them back he told us don't worry how we did compared with everyone else, it was us against the course material etc etc. ii suppose it was to make everyone study harder for the next midterm & final. i had the same guy for pdes in the spring term & he did the exact same thing, as i expected.
     
  11. Nov 1, 2006 #10

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    Back in my harder undergrad lower division physics courses (with plenty of engineering students), the median score was often 50%, and the class was graded on a bell curve. But then again, I loved those classes, and it sounds like you're not enjoying yours. Hopefully things will get better, Cyrus. Hang in there.
     
  12. Nov 1, 2006 #11
    This guy gives the trickiest damn multiple choice questions you ever saw in your life. He loves to do that crap every semester. If you dont see the trick to them, you can waste all your time on just the multiple choice which is worth 50%.

    I am sick of staying up late day in and day out. I have had one test every week for 4 weeks straight, and another one next week.

    I went to the 7-11 last night when studying for my exam at the library, and all the girls were dressed in slutty costumes going to the bars. AHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I should have done communications.

    Oh yeah, and I hope they all fail. Yes, I am ruthless.....but I dont really care.
     
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    Less PF, more studying!
     
  14. Nov 1, 2006 #13

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    That's okay, our grad students were just tortured with an awful exam too. A couple of them came by to hand it in when the faculty member collecting them was out of his office (they had several hours to work on it), so the person I was talking with at the door of my office took them for him. We took a look at the exam, and seriously had to sympathize with those students. My hand would have fallen off if I had to write essay answers to that many questions, which is what they were asked to do. Plus, just the range of topics on this exam was pretty broad, and jumped all over the place (I'm not sure how they decide what topics to cover on a single exam). It looked more like a final exam than a midterm, and even then, it was a lot. It seems to be suffering from the "choose 2 of the following 3 questions" problem that sometimes happens when you have multiple faculty writing a single exam...they all tried to write a hard question so they wouldn't have many students answer it so they wouldn't have to grade that many exams. :rolleyes: I'm curious to find out how the students did...probably not very well. But, geez, if they did do well, they'll be real stars.
     
  15. Nov 1, 2006 #14

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    I would have walked out.

    I already have plans to search for good graduate schools in January. I will visit them, talk to them, talk to graduate students, and so on. I don't want to go to a school that's going to waste lots of time on pointless junk. I know it sounds stupid, but I'm sure there is a school out there that can meet my needs and where I can meet theirs. I'll settle for a smallerish faculty and department in return for less nonsense.
     
  16. Nov 1, 2006 #15

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    It wasn't pointless junk, but just too much in one exam. I would have recommended breaking it down into two separate tests. It looked more like a qualifying exam than an exam for a single course. Well, at least it'll start preparing them for that.
     
  17. Nov 1, 2006 #16

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    Want me to kill him for you? :devil: I don't think he'd be missed.
     
  18. Nov 1, 2006 #17

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    On Tuesday, I was subjected to a 75-minute VLSI circuit design midterm that consisted of 16 pages. Yes, that's right, an average of less than five minutes per page of questions that often require half a page of math to solve.

    At least the TA said most students don't finish.

    - Warren
     
  19. Nov 2, 2006 #18

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    That's what I mean by pointless junk. You sum up so much stuff in one midterm. It becomes junk because most of it can not be done, which makes it a junk midterm. Like, the professor needs to learn how to write them.

    I wouldn't definitely make a comment to the professor with regards to the midterm.

    Note: I've already made comments about midterms that were just too tight or flat out too easy (yes, I've commented on easy ones too). They never took offence because their goal is to write good midterms. And I know it's really difficult at our school because of how mixed up the students are, hence I respect the challenges.

    But it's not like they ever gave us a midterm that could that be completed by anyone. I would freak. I just wasted hard work and time at something that can not be completed. :mad:
     
  20. Nov 2, 2006 #19

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    Oh, it could be completed, I just felt sorry for the students because their hands had to fall off writing so much. They had several hours to write it. Though, having seen it myself, I will mention something to them about it (the problem is that it's not just one person teaching...it's a grad level course, so multiple faculty each teach their own part and each write their questions...unfortunately, one of them should have taken a moment to look through them all in advance and make sure it wasn't too much when put together). I don't know if they're held to some university schedule for setting the date of the midterm, or if they have some flexibility in that. If they have flexibility, I'm going to recommend they break down the units a bit and spread out the material over 3 or 4 exams during the term instead of just a midterm and final.

    I wouldn't call it a waste of time though. If they learned nothing else, they learned not to do it to their own students one day. :biggrin: These are all PhD students, so we expect that many of them will wind up teaching eventually.
     
  21. Nov 2, 2006 #20

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    <smacks cyrus on the back of the head with a Chesapeake Bay bluefish> :grumpy:
     
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