BMS Sem 6 : Battleplan . . . again.

You remember the last time I wrote a post about my study time for the exams? Well I’m at it again. Last time I made some lofty projections about how much I would be able to study. This time again there’s no difference.

I’m sitting right now in college listening to a VERY uninteresting lecture on the European Monetary System. So with nothing to do I took out my notebook and pencil and started charted the time I have left before the next exams. Planning is a good thing. I suggest you try it sometime. They say good planning is work half done. Ahem. I wonder why they don’t mention the other half.

So sitting next to my friend reading the chick flick novel Twilight, i’m tapping away on my phone blogging about what I penned down a while ago. And yes the lecture is still going on. 🙂

My exams begin on the 19th April. 6 papers at one paper a day, no holidays the exams end on the 24th. These are taken by the university. The college holds preliminaries from the 12th of March till the 18.

10 weeks till the 19th. Subtract 10 days from 63 because I don’t study on sundays.

That leaves me with 54 days. Deducting a third from the total for sleep leaves me with 36 days. Deducting a further one fourth from 54 days i.e. 14 for college which takes 6 hours of my weekday. That leaves me with 22 days for studies.
Thats a lot of study time 22 x 24 equals 528 hours.
So say about 500 study hours.
Thats how much study time i got left.

6 subjects, 5 projects, 3 internals, to work for in the 6th Semester of my Bachelor of Management Studies course.

I’ve been totally hammered by my buddies who i didn’t expect to score over me let alone by a mile. I’m raring to go this time. Watch this space for more on the Sem 6 battle 2010. Return of the . . . COMING SOON!

5th Sem’s done! Reviewing last week..

The 5th Sem exams. Phew! Where do I begin? It was tough. Mentally and physically I was tired. I ended up doing a whole night shift on the 17th. Six back to back exams were taking their toll on me halfway through. However Grace was freely given thereafter. Well let me briefly take you through the juicy bits of my harrowing week. It started right after my last blog post, I had to begin revision for Human Resource. I guess I should have applied some productivity techniques on myself first. This is how the 6 exams went:

  • Day 1: Human Resource Mgmt- Good paper, Fair enough, but my lack of speed ensured I left a sixth of the paper without any attempt. And you could say I didn’t know like half of that portion so i would have left a 12th of the paper anyway. 😦
  • Day 2: Service Sector Management- This was one of the papers I had prepared for the most. I was so sure about some questions that i devoted a major portion of my 2 hours to writing them. And in the end, I missed out even more- 15 marks to be precise were not attempted. That’s like a fourth of the marks just left. Grace a la impeccable speed and the urge to show off ‘Look I know one answer! I’m going to be a smart jack and forget all about the OTHER TEN!! Ahhhh”. I kick my self every time I think how stupid that was. 😛

So as you can see the main problem was that i wrote too much for answers i knew and that took away time for the other answers. I was determined not to repeat this. Of course there were some answers I had no idea about but there’s something called ‘shooting in the dark and hoping it hits something’. That’s always the motto when you don’t know an answer. Examiners tend to give minimum marks.

  • Day 3: Financial Management- A good monetary investment in coaching classes and studies had prepared me for most of the chapters and theory. Was really psyched about attempting this. BUT, that day I got more than canned in the morning rush hour traffic (which was more than usual). As I began my exam I began attempting the sums first. I realized my calculator was showing incorrect values. On pressing 9 followed by a few zeros i saw that the digits on my calculator were all messed up and were showing 9s as 3s and 0s as 1s. It probably got crushed in the train while I was travelling. I asked the invigilator if I could borrow the one of the guy sitting behind me. She gave me a smirk and checked my calculator herself and then allowed me. I was stuck with a certain adjustment when my benefactor needed it again. I asked the invigilator if the college could provide me with a spare. NO! came the answer. I would now have to let go all the hard work of preparing the accounting formats for the sums and attempt the theory questions with just a little over an hour left. Blah blah blah.. and all I can say is that I’m praying for mercy in this paper. Please pass me God! I was really wondering like ‘God are you teaching me something? Cause, this is so not a good time!’. 😥

Things really started looking up after that exam. From depression I went into growth and gradually into peak! (Economic comparison)

  • Day 4: Management of Co-operatives- In college, our professor had prepared us well for this subject. She told us not to refer to anything else but her notes and guess what? It helped! Nothing apart from what she’d told us came. Of course she gave us a lot to study but still, it was better than all those poor souls who used the universities recommended reference books! 🙂
  • Day 5: Rural Marketing- I was so enjoying that last exam that I didn’t prepare well last minute for this one. I was banking on what I had studied initially and some important topics that a few friends said would probably come. It went so well! Two in a row thank you Lord! 😀
  • Day 6: Elements of Logistics- What can I say? It was brilliant! Just moments before the exam a friend showed me how to solve a few sums and the same ones came and as I checked later on.. the answers were correct! And since I solved the sums I had more time to give the theory and actually completed my paper. Looking good in this one surely. B)

So 3 out of 6 were good. Two of them were just above average and one was good. I hope I’m able to recover some ground in the next sem 6 since both scores are aggregated. To focus on the immediate future, I’ve got a 100 mark project to do. I’m sure my project guide’s gonna be mad (I was supposed to have finished it before the exams). That and a few other things top my list of what to do in the next few days. Looking forward. Good day!

Distractions while studying

When will be the day I finally start working hard for studies? Is it today? Tomorrow? Now? I need to focus. Surprisingly all the distractions become increasingly more attractive when one is focused on something. The movies are better on the TV, you have more friends online to chat with, your blessed with more ideas to blog about etc. If it’s none of these, then comes the no.1 distraction – daydreaming. Sooner or later I find myself engrossed in dreaming about getting to the top of a conglomerate. Is it my sickness? Is something mentally wrong with me or am I just a lazy potato couch?

Two months to go for the November exams. And I have hardly begun studying. Six subjects with 16 chapters each. I hardly have the time to them even a chapter a day!

If there’s one thing you could pray for yourself (and me too) is the ability to concentrate. Distractions are very threatening. Patrick Stewart said “Look where you want to go, not where you don’t want to go”. I guess I’ll just get back to my books then. Bye!

Where I am and where I want to be.

Why do I bother asking myself that question? Judging by the number of times it has already changed, I don’t know when I will get a positive and affirmative answer. In my quest to answer it, I began asking other friends of what they wanted to be. Got many different answers and one of them that ticked me off the most was ”I’ll see when I grow up!”. Well ok, its your life but how can you not be concerned now about your future? Isn’t it important As a kid, I wanted to do many things. I wanted to be a pilot first of all since my dad had brought me a ‘A’ volume World Book and the ‘Airplane’ section really awed me. I dreamt of being a pilot and flying high among the clouds. I also dream of being the savior to a few hundred souls by maneuvering the aircraft properly on to the runway during a storm. My dream plane crashed when I heard that my optical number and glasses wouldn’t deem me fit to fly since I couldn’t see far of things that well. Another of my dream took me to wanting to be an engineer. But I canned that idea as soon as I realized how bad at math I was and that the main part of engineering was math. That was around the time when I finished the 10th grade. I had plenty of ambitions till then and all of them were systematically chucked out due to logical reasoning.

In the 12th grade I had this burning passion to be a doctor. I went all out for it and joined coaching classes that specialized in PCB i.e Physics, Chemistry and Biology which was a required specialization to give the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test for medicine. Well, while studying so hard for that I forgot to pay attention to math that was also required to attain a cumulative average and m total percentage went down. A year of studying had achieved dismal results. It was good enough for my entrance test though, and when I sat for it bio was totally amazing. Chemistry didn’t give me much trouble. But along came Electro-physics. Electro-magnetism formulae, magnetic flux formulae, along with principles of Dia, Para and Ferro magnetism hit me again and again on the head like Brett Lee hits a novice batsman with bouncers. I was run out, literally! 10 minutes to the bell and I realized that I would not be able to complete those answers, and I marked ‘c’ for nearly 20 questions assuring me 5 marks at least by way of probability.

Before my CET results were out I knew what it’d be, I had no hope of getting in that year. Could I try again next year? Yes! but I went through so much heart-burn in that previous year studying, cutting off relations with friends among other sacrifices, that I didn’t want to ever have to do anything with science as study again. Again I was stuck with the same question.. who will I be and what graduation course should I take to become that?

While gloomily chatting with my classmate on Orkut, he told me that he was trying for a different course, a non-science stream – BMS. Like in my life there were many people who helped me make a career decision.. my parents, my elders.. and then there was a friend named Jude. What was BMS then to me? It was a pre-MBA course that could get me to become a manager. Manager….hmm. The thought of being in a position higher than other employees seemed very appealing. So that’s where I’m after two years nearly. Just another year to go to become a graduate.

What will life bring to me after this? What job will I take? Will I be a super successful entrepreneur or someone who has a lot of power? Or will I be humbled anytime by the Lord in the near future? 😀 I look forward now, hoping that whatever I do will lead me to becoming who I want to be.

Keep reading this blog to see how this guy turns out! See you ’round!