Revision Week + Exam Week (1), Semester 4

30 April 2015

It’s the end of April. It’s the end of my 5-paper-in-3-day suffering.

So in this two-week I’ve been studying* all day# for the papers happening this week and it has been paid off well, sort of.

*: studying + other stuffs like checking Facebook, e-mail, WhatsApp, playing game, some coding, wild project ideas appearing.
#: yeah, I took rest now and then although sometimes rest time can extend so much that finally I decided not to study.

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Week 1, Semester 4: The beginning, again.

19 January 2015

Another week 1 has passed. It is quite eventful, tiring, and yet time has passed just like that.

My semester started with lots hours of lectures on Monday and worst of all, they are spaced out throughout the day, i.e. lots of 1-hour space of doing nothing between the lectures. It started with CZ3001 Advanced Computer Architecture which was slow-paced, after a 3-hour of nothing-to-do, I went for CZ2007 Introduction to Database which was interesting enough, and another hour of nothing-to-do, then CM8003 From Alchemy to Chemistry, which was quite boring as we were told to listen to stories of how Chemistry started. After another hour of break, I had CZ3005 Artificial Intelligence lecture which was super slow-paced (wonder how 11 slides of minimum content and lots of pictures are dragged to 1-hour lecture). After all those lectures, I went to Canteen 17 for a dinner and then meeting with BAW team C discussing our progress and doing the prototype for the souvenirs.

The next day started with CZ2006 Software Engineering which was not that interesting. and that’s all the classes for the day! After this I went to update my passport number at OSSAC since I’ve been reminded a lot of times by ICA officials when I passed through the immigration counter at Changi airport since I renewed my passport at September 2014 (and I’ve travelled overseas like 3 times already: KL, Bangkok, and Medan). I then have lunch at Canteen B and tried out llaollao’s frozen yogurt (which was quite expensive) before I went back to my room. At my room, I revised my part on BAW team C, starting to do my solution for CEC PYP solution, and enquiring through email about the whereabouts of my packet which was delivered from US by USPS and through the tracking number, it was said to be delivered to my hall although the hall officers said that they no longer accept it on behalf of student; they asked me to check with Bumbox; Bumbox replied me to check again with hall officers or Singpost; Singpost said that they have delivered it; and finally, the hall officers check through again and found out that my packet has been put wrongly at someone else’s mailbox. Phew, finally I got my “Don’t Track Us” T-Shirt, which was a complimentary gift from DuckDuckGo affiliation program. (but the shipment was not free) Later at night, I went to hall 9 to celebrate Grace’s birthday.

Wednesday, I went to 2 Microsoft-affiliated places at a day. Firstly, I went to Microsoft Operations (Microsoft Singapore Office) at Raffles Place to collect my prize (Office 365 Home Subscription for 1 year) which I won from the #GetItDone contest, which was posted on their Facebook page. Well, this was my 2nd time winning a prize from Microsoft. (first one is the Surface Type Cover 2) The office is located at 22nd floor and when I used the lift, it was so fast and at a point I felt some dizziness. After I collected the prize, I went to Lavender at a mall called Aperia (which apparently is not in maps yet), and to Microsoft Devices Care Centre to get my speaker charger repaired. The centre was uncrowded at all and the “new furniture” smell was still there. After that, I went back to NTU, having lunch at KFC JP and went back to my hall, declaring my aircon and then went to CZ0002 Green Computing lecture which was boring and tiring. After that, I had dinner and then went to BU8401 Management Decision Tools seminar which was super interesting. This was my third Business module in NTU and all of them were very interesting. Reflecting back, once I was so clung to the idea that I will get admitted to NUS and be better off there, but if I was there, I will not have the opportunity to get lectured by those very good lecturers of NBS. Although most of SCE lectures were boring, at least I felt like there were so many projects to do and I think that this promotes self-learning instead of relying heavily on the lectures. And best of all, the lecture recording feature in case we missed the lecture unintentionally or intentionally. 🙂 Nevertheless, after the seminar finished, I went back and stumbled upon “Student Starcraft AI Tournament” which was quite interesting seeing that AIs controlling an old game fighting each other. It was later at midnight that I submitted my side project “c4 – Connect Four, with AI” to Hacker News and it gained some popularity, peaked at #2 for Show HN category and #6 at its Front Page (I track the ranking until I went to sleep around 1am). Their responses are generally positive, and from GitHub’s traffic, they actually went to the repo and open up the main JavaScript file (maybe reading how is the AI is build).

On Thursday, it’s a lot of lectures since 1030. I started another side-project which was a JavaScript application in answering quizzes in “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” style. The lectures have now started to talk about the real stuffs and not the admin stuffs: CZ2006 was quite abstract. I feel like what I learned from the MOOC CS169.1x Software as a Service offered by BerkeleyX on edx is better, although I did not complete the course, I feel like their first few lectures are talking mainly on Software Engineering and it’s interesting, as opposed to what this NTU course offered. CZ2007 also started talking about serious stuffs on database management system. CZ3005 is so boring and lengthy although the content is very few. Again, I felt what I learned from the MOOC CS188.1x Artificial Intelligence offered by BerkeleyX on edx is better and far more interesting (at least on the first few lectures). Now, the 2-hour lecture of CM8003 was quite okay: listening to lecturer telling story of history. After lecture, I rushed to NYH to meet Thiri who was just returning some stuffs to the cabinet. And then went to Hall 10 to join the anniversary night preparation (I was unexpected) for a while before having dinner at Canteen 11, collected projector from Evando (this was my real purpose going here), and went back to NYH to store the projector. Whew, I was really tired. I went back to my hall to take my laptop and then went to do part-time job (CITS) at SSLP until midnight.

On Friday, I continued developing my side-project and went for CZ3001 lecture in the afternoon. After that, I went back and rested for a while before going to NYH to prepare for NTUBS Dharma Class. After we prepared the class we went for dinner at Canteen B in which we were almost late for the class. The class talked about the Three Poison and I find it not that interesting as the venerable talked quite short and opened for longer question and answer. (and there were some technical issues with the microphone) After that, we went back to NYH storing the stuffs and I went back to my hall, resting for very short time before going for Jessica’s birthday.

On Saturday, I went for Buddhist Fellowship Youth’s Meditation Retreat conducted by Bhante Buddharakkhita. Well, I was really sleepy on this day and eventually I think that I slept through when we’re doing sitting meditation. I found out that walking meditation was quite nice since it was an active one and we can’t fell asleep. The program started at 10am and ended at 5pm but not all were for meditation. The meditation session was just around 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. The rest was resting time, lunch time, or a talk from bhante. Going back, I feel more energized since maybe I feel asleep during the meditation, and then I did some CodeHunt, answered some questions at ask.fm, and the rest of the time were just spent like that.

On Sunday, it was like competitive programming weekend where a lot of contest were held around this weekend. I spent the day for Facebook Hacker Cup Round 1 in which I only did some real coding in the afternoon but were unsure in some of my solutions. At 4 pm, I went to Dharma Camp 2015 debrief at Hall 12, giving feedback on how it can be better next year. After dinner at Canteen 14, I went to NYH, returning back some items that were borrowed long time ago. Going back to my hall, I started to stumble upon problems at Indonesian Wikipedia. Starting from the introduction of a new Copyright Law by Indonesian Government last year that have effects on many of the guidelines of our Indonesian Wikipedia. Also, there were new features being tested on the wiki and can’t be run with legacy JavaScript which are present on almost all of the scripts that are currently running at the wiki. I need to fix them, all of them. And just like that, my time has been consumed.

It was a long week but not that tiring, maybe it was just the start. Hope that I can survive this semester 🙂

 

Exam Week (1)

4 May 2014

May the Fourth be with you! (May the Force be with you!) Happy Star Wars day! This week I had 3 exams where the first one was held on Monday; and the other two were held on Wednesday. And like the previous week: I spent most of my time inside my room, “studying” (study, and then get distracted by other things, and then back to study again).

On Monday evening, I had exam on BU8201 Business Finance, which hopefully, I did well. Although my dinner after the exam turned out to be quite bad: I had this “Thunder Tea Rice” at Canteen 1, which tastes very weird. Whereas on Wednesday afternoon, I had exam on CZ1007, Data Structure, which I thought I did well too although it used up almost all of my brain juice. And then I had 2 hours of free time before the next exam, I did not bring my notes so I can’t revise. I just somehow killed time until the next exam on EE8087 Living with Mathematics, which turned out to be satisfactory. Yes, I hope I get that grade (Satisfactory) because I S/U-ed it. This was because, although I was able to answer all of the questions, I did not sure of my correctness and because of the group project which took a large portion of the grading (50%), which I think our group did not do well compared to other groups. After this exam, it was the end of the exam, for that week; and lesson learned: taking 2 exams on the same day will make you very tired.

On Tuesday afternoon, I had to work to cover my friend’s time slot at One Stop @ SAC, which was okay for me, I can work while studying; although most of the time the work-study was interrupted by those asking “where to submit MC” and “how to submit MC”. Hey, this is IT Support Helpdesk, and how do we know such thing?

On Friday afternoon, I worked again at my normal time slot at LWN Library. Although I planned to study during the work, I can’t. Just can’t. I somehow too lazy to study there and decided to play games and read articles. Maybe because my next exam was still quite far (in reality, no).

On Saturday, I had my routine of breakfast-laundry-room cleaning routine done again. That morning, I started and finished the final assignment of Buddhism and Modern Psychology course on Coursera. Well, after lunch, I found some “productivity” tool and I think it was quite effective in boosting up my willingness to study and not getting distracted. Quickly done, at the evening, I started the course CS169.1x Software as a Service on edx, offered by UC Berkeley, which last year I’ve attempted but failed because I stopped in the middle of the course.

I will had my 5th exam tomorrow on CM8001 Impact of Chemistry on Society, which is a Pass-Fail module now. And followed up by CZ0001 Engineers and Society on Wednesday (which I think will be the heaviest, yet hardest, subject of this exam) and CZ1008 Engineering Mathematics on Thursday. Hope that I can do well on those exams! 🙂

Revision week and exam!

27 April 2014

This week is called revision week, no classes, intended for revising studies for the upcoming exams. Friday marks the start of the final examination of my semester 2.

On Monday, I went to find Dr. Jason Teo to ask for tutorial solutions of CZ1006, which exam was held that Friday. After that, I went to south spine to submit my group’s project report on EE8087 Living with Mathematics. Quickly after that, I went to Business Library to find a book referred by ANU, it was “The Evolution of God” by Robert Wright. Walao, it was a thick one; but I borrow it anyway, for reading after exam. Going back to my room, I started my revision (forgot which one). At the night, I got a pull request (at GitHub, krinkle/intuition) approved, yay! This is the second time I submitted a pull request and got approved.

On Tuesday till Thursday, most of my time were spent on revising exams. I even did not step out of Hall 11, specifically I went out only because I went to Canteen 11 for lunch and dinner. Many times I got distracted on many things, such as Facebook, MouseHunt, installing Ubuntu, reading Hacker News (https://news.ycombinator.com/), and the list goes on. But, my exam preparation seems fine and still on track.

On Friday, my first exam (it was on CZ1006 Computer Organization and Architecture) started on 1430 and I and my friends gathered for lunch at Canteen 1 first before going to the exam venue, on Exam Hall F at SRC. I was quite scared after blanking some parts of the first 2 questions, which also was time-consuming. Hopefully question 3 and 4 was manageable although I also got some parts which I’m unsure (but lower marks than those in front); and at the second attempt of doing the blank parts, luckily I can filled them up. After exam, as usual, there was some discussions about the exam questions, and I think that I got some parts wrong, but it’s okay 🙂 At night, after some attempts on installing and fixing things, finally I can dual-boot my laptop on Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. During the night, I also started to revise on CZ0001 (although it was still quite far from complete).

On Saturday, I was told to quickly buy tickets of 2NE1 concert at 10:00am online, but I managed to do laundry first and I still got some time before 1000. With my experience in STARS “wars”, I managed to buy the tickets at 10:01am. 🙂 The concert itself will be held on the night of 28 June 2014 (which on the day and afternoon, I will join Awaken Challenge 2014) 😛 The rest of Saturday was not so productive in terms of exam preparations as I got distracted on the newly installed OS. After reading about Groovebasin on Wednesday, I spend some hours on compiling the source codes (and the source codes of its dependencies, which also depends on some other programs which all are only available as source codes) and successfully set up a local copy of Groovebasin, which basically is a music player that can be controlled through a web application, and the music plays on the Terminal, and can be streamed on browsers. This day, I managed to finish only one PYP which was on BU8201. At the night, I was again distracted by TOKI Open Contest April 2014 which was very fun! There are 6 problems, initially, and increased to 7, just around 15 minutes before the end of the contest. The contest featured me on #1 spot of the scoreboard at some points (I rarely be in #1 spot :P) in the contest before being caught up and “defeated” by others.

On Sunday, basically I got focused on revising and discussing Business Finance the whole day. It was such a productive and distraction-free day. Yay! 🙂 By the way, this day is my sister’s birthday. Happy birthday Sophie 🙂

Next week, I will have 3 exams. One on Monday evening (BU8201) and two on Wednesday afternoon (CZ1007) till evening (EE8087). I wish I could do well on all the exams 🙂