Monday, February 14, 2011

The right decision.


When I decided to drop my stats class last semester, I was really worried about whether or not I was making the right decisions.  I had a 60... I was passing. But for me, 6 is not an acceptable mark.  I agonized over whether or not to drop the class before I had a mark recorded and re-take it.  Eventually, I made the final decision and pulled myself out, but not without reservations.

Well, I'm back at it this semester with a few changes. Instead of taking it as my online class, I'm taking it in person and I hired myself a tutor who I meet with once per week.  MAN have I realized that I made the right decision.  I got an 85% on the first assignment (up 10% from last semester) and I got 80% on the first quiz (which we didn't have last time around).  But most important, I wrote the mid-term this past Saturday and WHAT A DIFFERENCE.  Last time I froze up. I left most of the exam blank, I was panicked and I bombed it.  This time around, I answered every question without exception, was confident through the whole thing and was the second person to finish (including re-checking my answers and calculations) with 45 minutes to spare.  No rushing, no panicking, no crying.... just relief and confidence when I left the exam.  I honestly think I did well on it.  I'm not going to say I did AWESOME, but I know that I'll be OK with the mark.

It's for this reason that I know that I made the right decision.  Now there's not so much pressure going into the second half of the course and I'll be much better prepared when I have to take Stats II within the next few semesters.   Honestly, I couldn't be happier that I made the decision I did.  I took a step back, took a few deep breaths and started again with a different approach, and boy was it worth it.  I still have a struggle to get through the last test, assignment and final exam, but atleast this time my mark at the mid-term won't be working against me.

1 comment:

kenpen said...

Yay! I'm glad it's going better.