Tuesday, September 14, 2004


I was at school this morning shortly after seven. This is usually a good thing, as the perfectionist in me prefers to get to events early so that I have time to acclimate and relax before whatever is going to happen happens. Perhaps it is one of my methods of coping. I perused the New York Times in the twenty minutes or so before class would begin. You could say that those twenty minutes were the most calmed of the entire day. It wasn’t normal ODE class today; we had the teacher’s aid in, helping us with our homework. However, I think there should probably be a rule written somewhere that states that students are not allowed to do calculus before 10 AM. It brought the day off to a frustrating start, as even the TA had a hard time explaining concepts to us. I sat spent the hour quietly in my seat taking notes, and trying to learn, while hoping that somehow the method of solving Differential Equations by the method of Integrating Factors would impress itself on my memory.

Not feeling that I had satisfactorily learned in discussion this morning, I took the day off from work (I only would have been in for three hours anyway), and went to the mathematics tutoring center, where I did get the help I needed, and at the same time was reminded how I really ought to spend some time with integration again, as I am feeling rusty. Two hours in the tutoring center flew by, and before I knew it I was attending my second ODE discussion of the day. I hoped that by getting some additional help in the tutoring center that if I attended another class session, I might be able to follow the lecture this time around. Thankfully, I was able to understand. Now we just need to hope that I remember it well enough now to make final presentation copies to hand in tomorrow morning.

After grabbing a quick lunch at Subway, and walking on up president’s circle where I was able to chat with a friend from high school, it was off to the regular schedule of afternoon classes. Discrete Math, CS2020, Discrete Math discussion. I can say that CS2020 went well. However, I can’t say the same about Discrete Math. In fact, the whole thing has me very worried at the moment. I am not quite sure what to do about it. Proofs are hard, but very important. I guess that it is time to look into finding a tutor, or maybe it is just a matter of more study hours. I will try to talk to the professor, and maybe he will have some advice for me.

I have a significant amount of homework to do tonight, but I figured that after 9 hours at school I was entitled to a couple of hours rest before I attacked the monster pile of homework. Here’s to getting it done.

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