Just as I was starting to despair ever seeing TMA02 again, it popped up in my inbox in the middle of the night, about a week late. I had a stern talk with it, let it know how nervous I get when it stays out till all hours. I’d like to say that it wouldn’t happen again, but I think we all know that it will.
The results were again too good. I didn’t get full marks, as I had half a mark deducted for an amazingly obtuse error on my part, but it rounded back up to full marks for the result. I don’t think later stages will be so forgiving. It was, of course, on the one part of the TMA that I couldn’t bring myself to proof read, because it was ages since I’d done it, and barely remembered how. (The exam’s going to be a real treat at this rate.) Still, aside from that one mistake, I’m very pleased with how well I’ve been doing. I’m understanding much more than I thought I would, but that’s often due to seeking resources external to the OU for assistance.
After the slog that was differentiation and integration, studying matrices as an absolute sleepwalk. They weren’t immediately obvious, but I didn’t have to practise too much before they were second nature. In fact, I found them downright logical and useful. The mathematics for linking input and output networks have never been that difficult, but they’re messy, and matrices tidy them up nicely. I tore through the whole unit in two days, and got to work finishing up TMA03.
I submitted my first draft at about 2:30 AM this morning – just half an hour after I got TMA02 back! I submitted my second draft at about 10:30 AM. I’ve given it a decent read through, and it’s probably the best I can do for this round, but again I think I’ll do well with it. As difficult as calculus is, I feel I’ve done a good job grounding myself with it. And to do it more than a month ahead of the due date is an unexpected relief. I thought I’d be struggling for time after the way calculus started off.
Part of TMA03 is a practice section for an exam. It’s only three questions long, and it took me half an hour to get through it. (The last question was of a form I’d only practised twice before, so it took me nearly all of the half hour to complete.) At that rate, come exam time I’ll need a little more than four hours to complete the exam, and they only give us three. I foresee a lot of practice in my future.