A student as smart as could be
had to integrate X to the 3
She said “X to the 4, over 4 I am sure”
But was out by a constant of C!
I’m afraid I can’t take credit for the above piece of genius, but I thought I’d share it with you all. Anyone want to guess what I was kicking myself over as I got my maths mock results? Yup that’s right, I forgot the +C, at least once. This would be understandable if I hadn’t written “DO NOT FORGET +C” at the top of my paper, or a lot of +Cs all over the integration section. So now someone out there, who I will probably never meet, thinks I’m a complete idiot. Despite that stroke of stupidity my maths result was good enough, for me. I got a C1 which is nothing to some but great news for me! For medicine all that’s required for HL maths is a D3 so at the moment if doing fine, it would be nice to drag that up to a B3 for June though. I was happy when I got the result considering I was just cramming loads, but I really believe if I’d gone to bed the night before when I’d wanted to I’d be down at least a grade. See kids, cramming really does work!
I didn’t write much about Valentine’s day, as this isn’t really the blog for that, but if anyone’s interested I spent it fawning over my boyfriend in the cinema and Luigi Malone’s in Temple Bar (lovely restaurant!). You know who didn’t have a happy Valentine’s day? Our English examiner, that’s who. Our theory is she is a middle aged woman whose marriage has broken down and spent a very bitter Valentine’s night alone with her seven cats correcting English mock papers. Writing about “An Amish Rug” probably did myself no favours as it brought back painful memories of her marriage. This would explain why half the year got such low marks (the highest grade she gave, that I know of, was a B2) and some of the other half got As.
A B2 is a good grade for English, but it’ quite disheartening to write almost word-for-word an essay that got you an A1 in class only to see it marked as a B2. There was no more study I could have done for that paper, I fulfilled all the requirements set down in the marking scheme, but it just wasn’t “good” enough I guess. It’s easy to work on things like structure, length, fluidity, but being “good”, well that’s a tad ambiguous.
French I was much happier with, scraped an A1, and to my surprise got an A1 in the aural, which was really really difficult and I’d really thought I’d done terribly in. Like maths, the extra hour study I did instead of going to bed seems to have paid off!
The last result I got back was music. This was pretty bad, I got aB3. A B3 isn’t a bad grade as such, it’s just the questions were answered badly. I got just 6 marks for my two page essay because I misinterpreted “musical examples” and didn’t realize I’d actually have to write notes or rhythm patterns. My melody was pathetic. Almost funny. Sort of. Basically I got 12 marks out of a possible 40 which is a spectacular failure. Having spent so much time on the harmony (which I didn’t even do that well in) I was really rushed for the melody. Because of that I could only make it a 12 bar melody instead of 16 and when I modulated I started reading the treble clef as the bass clef and ended up making a mess of the whole thing. At least I know now that timing is an issue and I’ll hopefully not fail as awfully in June!
On Monday I was outside the Music Room about to check if our mocks were back yet and I saw a list of names for the music practical outsider the door. Says I to myself “I’d better get my name on there” and when I found the music teacher she corrected the month on the list from March to February and told me it was actually the mock practical. So now I have my mock practical tomorrow, when I only found out on Monday. Cue big panic to try and find some way of recording a piano accompaniment. Finally managed to do that today but the sound quality is pretty poor and I haven’t learned one or two of my pieces completely yet. Hopefully it will bring me up from the abomination that was the paper anyway!
More mock results might be coming back this week, I really hope there are some good ones in there to cheer me up from English and Music! I know the results in French, Music and Maths fairly reflect the work I’ve put in so far, but I’m still a bit worried about English. I can’t really say “well I know I deserved better so I’d get better results in June”. What do I know? I’m just a 17 year old girl, if an examiner tells me my paper is a B2, well then I guess that’s it, it’s a B2, I really hope I have a more generous examiner for the real exam!