Blog entry by Timo Stabbert:
After six months, I’ve finished my first semester. The last few weeks were a period of intense written tests and examinations. Okay, I only had three exams and only one of these was a traditional written test. But there were still always examinations. Maths was the first one, a classic written test. After sitting in the lecture room for three hours and writing until our hands ached, we were finally set free. After discussing it briefly with my fellow students, we of course quickly found out whether or not we had answered the questions correctly or incorrectly. So often the answer to a question turns out to be easy when you think about it afterwards, even through during the examination it had seemed so difficult. But unfortunately, the results don’t come until later.
Not long after this eventful Tuesday came a similarly unusual Thursday. My two fellow apprenticeship students, Henning and Patrick and I had our exam in Theoretical IT. The whole thing was a technical discussion and was a mix of old and new for me. I had experienced oral examinations in my school-leaving exam, but a technical discussion is a bit different.
After finding our tutor, the four of us sat in the examination room. The technical discussion started by us simply being asked to talk about something related to the topic. So I started off, explained a few bases, then Patrick took over, followed by Henning. The three of us explained most of the exam in a satisfactory manner. In hindsight, this exam was actually a lot of fun. We could definitely have spent another half an hour in there. The atmosphere was also relaxed. It was not a typical tense examination environment, but rather more like a talk among friends discussing their studies.
The weekend was also spent studying, as the next exam was on Monday – a technical discussion on Practical IT. This exam places great emphasis on practical application. So we were set a programming task which we had to complete on paper. A bit unusual, but when I was finished, I re-calculated the example entries for the function in my head using the code I had developed – and everything worked. One of the two examiners then came over to me and asked me to explain the code. In doing so, I thought of a few small improvements which I also mentioned. The examiner told me my program was fine and all exceptional cases had been well covered. After a few questions on other topics from the lecture, this examination was also done and dusted.
The semester is now over for me – my two fellow apprenticeship students still have one more exam in Management Information Systems. I’ve taken Media IT, so I only have an examination after two semesters. Now it’s back to the practical component of my integrated degree program. When I’m not at lectures, I’m being trained further at hmmh. I’m really excited about what’s to come... I’m probably going to blog about it in my next entry. Bye for now!
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