Some thoughts for exams

I live in sunny South Africa, which means I live in the southern hemisphere, which in turn means I follow  a different academic year to Europe and North America. So I’m currently in the middle of my mid-year exams. But I’d just like to wish any readers good luck for the exam period if you are in fact writing exams, and especially if you’re still writing finals.

So instead of studying I was being a good procrastinator and surfing the net when I stumbled upon (not using the website) the following prayer specifically written for students:

23rd Psalm for Students

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not flunk
He keepeth me from lying down when I should be studying
He leadeth me beside the water cooler for a study break
He restores my faith in study guides
He leads me to better study habits
For my grades’ sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of borderline grades
I will not have a nervous breakdown
For Thou art with me
My prayers and my friends, they comfort me
Thou givest me the answer in moments of blankness
Thou anointest my head with understanding
My test paper runneth over with questions I recognise.
Surely passing grades and flying colours shall follow me
All the days of my examinations
And I shall not have to dwell in this exam hall forever.

Amen

(It can be found here )

I really do find this quite amusing, but also helpful, especially the night before my toughest exam: Soil Mechanics (I never knew walking along the beach would be such a complicated business :/). I also stumbled upon this during my virtual travels (ok, I confess I was emailed it):

“A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer are all given identical rubber balls and told to find the volume. They are given anything they want to measure it, and have all the time they need. The mathematician pulls out a measuring tape and records the circumference. He then divides by two times pi to get the radius, cubes that, multiplies by pi again, and then multiplies by four-thirds and thereby calculates the volume. The physicist gets a bucket of water, places 1.00000 gallons of water in the bucket, drops in the ball, and measures the displacement to six significant figures. And the engineer? He writes down the serial number of the ball, and looks it up.”

I’ll admit it’s an ultra nerd joke, but as I said, anything to avoid studying right? I thought it was funny anyway.

Jeremy

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