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wyfbane

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I have written 28 pages of scholarly work (3 separate ones) in the last 18 hours, and have 12 to go (final) before midnight tonite.
Not achingly cramped like they get from handwriting, but a general fatigue where I am making way too many typos and poor punctuation mistakes.
WHY oh WHY do I procrastinate so? The 3.9 GPA is the culprit I suspect. Anyhoo, wish me luck!

 

ashdigger

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I know your pain. I authored 7 reports yesterday all being between 7 and 9 pages. I set a timer and get up at least once an hour. It really helps.

 

warren

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It took a few teachers, some late nights and resulting low grades to learn that I did not, in fact, work better under pressure. I simply worked faster. The results were not as deep and insightful as I firmly believed them to be.

 

oldmansmoking

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Yes best off luck, you will reap the benefits at the end. Smoke a bowl say for 30 minutes then get back to it.

 

mso489

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I just knew if I got behind I'd be lost, so I'd start a term paper as soon as it was assigned. I had a pretty good system -- small index cards for bibliog., big ones coded to the small cards for notes. Likewise reading. I knew if I didn't feed the info into my brain over time I wouldn't absorb any of it. In a sense, it was laziness put to good use. Final week was a kind of a freaky high, not that I was such a great student, but that I could unload all this material rapidly.

 

winton

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I learned early in college not to procrastinate. I had a prof ask me once, "Why are you playing pool before finals?"
"I have my notes memorized."

 

mso489

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...also, I couldn't even process exam questions without a good night's sleep. I couldn't bring myself into focus as to what I was being asked. People felt like the suffering involved in cramming would somehow make them deserve a good grade. I knew it wouldn't work for me, though perhaps it did for some. Oddly, I always knew if I felt really breezy and good about how I did on an exam, I probably didn't do too well, whereas if I was aware of the gaps in my knowledge, that was a signal that I'd done pretty well, maybe better.

 

jollyroger

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Oct 10, 2015
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Business school was easy enough that I could afford the luxury of procastinating. The same could not be said for Comp Sci. It was so heavily math orieted and coding required practice. Memorising was only the very first step and was worthless without complete understanding and knowing how to apply.
I recall working hard all semester long and then had to cram for weeks before the finals and it was still far from easy.

 

deathmetal

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Jul 21, 2015
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It's brutal, and ineffective.
In my experience, the best coders are naturals who picked it up by themselves.
The schooling beats the joy in geekdom from many people.
Glad you made it through.

 

wyfbane

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Came in at 39.5 pages, total (which was ok). My summer break finally began yesterday (and runs through the 20th of August).
I spent yesterday putting a new clutch in my Gambler 500 vehicle. I will post a thread about that soon.

 

wyfbane

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I will make it as far as the Great Wolf Lodge today. that is all. Maybe next time.

 

jollyroger

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deathmetal I dig.

I actually didn't truly enjoy writing code until 3 years into my career when i stumbled onto a colleague who showed me what engineering is all about and how good coders are artists in their field.
From there my curiosity and stubborness took over and I started loving every moment.
The greatest part is the stillness of it all. Not too much human interaction. Thom York put it best with "No alarms and no surprises, silence".