Wednesday, October 03, 2007

You've got to be kidding me!?!

I apologize to all of you right now. I really will try my darndest to filter my thoughts and words.
But it's hard. Oh-so-hard!

So, I just finished my Botany exam that I've been preparing for all week....
I skipped knitting.
I took "for fun" reading breaks and felt guilty, and then got back to the nose-in-your-notes grind again.
I ignored other assigned readings in my other classes to listen to the Botany lectures on cassette tape.
I studied until the apsolute last minute before the exam.
Basically, I studied my ass off....
I mean, I even studied through a TORNADO in my city, with a room full of people crammed in the basement and alarms going off.

So, what exactly was on this exam?
Hmm... an abundance of short answer questions, screw-you-over multiple choice that has multiple answers, short essay questions, plenty of cell structure charts that made you want to slit your wrists with the metal blades piled in bowls nearby. What a tease.

But who whould have thought a whole week's worth of studying reaps nothing. Nada. Zilch. Null. Zip??

Q: How do you clone a unicellular alga (that has no DNA, or any organelles)?

Q: give me an example of cells in 1.) primary tissue with primary walls, secondary tissue with extensive secondary walls, and 3.) primary tissue with extensive secondary walls.

Q: Give the approximate size of these: membrane thickness, chloroplats, nucleus, etc. (choices: 1, 10, 15 angstroms, 1000 nanometers, 10 centimeters or 1 kilometers [obvsiouly a foux-choice], micronmeters, etc.

KNITTING UPDATE: I just started a new design of mine today that will knock your socks off! lol, I hope! My lips are sealed for now (who doesn't like supsense now and then?), but I will have pictures of the WIP in the next stay tuned!

Thanks for all of the good-luck wishes on the exam, gals! I'm sure I did better than what I would have if I didn't study so much.


Macoco said...

I hope you did better than expected on the exam. You should get extra credit just for studying through a tornado! If you have kids, you can always pull that one out when they don't have to study. Well when I was a young gal I studied through a tornado! ;)

I can't wait for your design!

LotusKnits said...

Oy! I'm sure you did better than you think! That's what I always hated about college: tests that don't cover anything you've been "taught" or should have read. It's utter b.s.

Hope you did well just to show him/her up!

Unknown said...

ugh, I always hated Biology classes of any kind, for just this reason. I'd study my butt off, do tons of problem sets, but the professor would always come up with something clever that rests on one single sentence in the whole chapter. I could never figure out whether the professors wanted me to absorb the big ideas or memorize the nit-pickiest of details (the answer is: both).

CassieMarie said...

I feel your pain!!!
I just took an art history test last week and it kicked my ass. The only reading that we had an essay about (out of the 30 readings we had) was the only one I didn't read. Bah humbug, we need to get a virtual drink together! hahah! Gin and tonics?

Laural said...

I hope you did better than expected! Can't wait to see your new project!

Alyssa said...

I'm so sorry. There will be curve, there has to be. That's a brutal exam, some teachers are just jerks. I hate botany, but I've told you this, unless you're going to do something with plants this test will not matter in the long run.

I can't wait to see the new pattern.

Laurie said...

Tests should be checking for understanding not to see if a teacher can trip you up on some odd small piece of never-to-be-used-again info. Some professors are just determined to do their life over because of bad karma. I'm sure you did better than you think/feel. In the grand picture of life, this too shall pass.

Can't wait to see the new design. Always on the look for something new.

Sarah said...

I hate those kind of tests! Blech! Well,at least your knitting again:) Looking forward to the new design...