Join Date: Aug 2013
Language: English (British), German to some extent.
At school, I was pretty good at most subjects (grades 1 or 2, under the old Scottish Standard Grade exam system, and all A or B in Highers). I even got a grade 2 in physics, a subject which contains a fair bit of maths. Think I could maybe have done the same in maths, but I wasn't given the chance to do Credit Level maths, only General Level, so only got a 3. Whether it's reasonable or not, that still annoys me, I was one of the pupils who had special one-on-one remedial maths lessons (the school did them for English as well, I didn't need that). I spent lots of time revising for exams, and was always better at them than coursework.
At uni (in England), I did a huge amount of work and continued to be better at exams, really. But some if not a lot of other people did even more, and someone once commented that I seemed quite laid-back. I had huge problems with the undergraduate dissertation, and also various personal issues. Perhaps part of the problem as well was that I stayed very attached to hand-writing even long essays for a long time, in the era when almost everything was gradually moving to word-processing. IIRC that sometimes annoyed the staff. Could have got a better degree. Then, unfortunately in hindsight, I stayed at the same uni for another year, attempting to get an MA. It was probably a bad choice of subject, and I couldn't complete the dissertation. So only got a Postgrad diploma, sadly. I actually applied to do a PHD as well, but think the uni were quite glad to get rid of me in the end, which was a shame.
Ðhis girl is a tortoise, wandering in the long grass and streaming rain, between fire and ice in a sense