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D's All Around

What a nightmare. I had an AP Chemistry test  - yes, I know, it all comes back to this class - a few days ago, and let me tell you, equlibrium or whatever it was on is my weakness. A perfect analogy for the struggle I had with the concepts of this previous chapter is accurately summed up in the SAT style analogy:

Complete the comparison
Heel is to Achilles as Equilibrium is to ________.

(A) Me, but maybe someone else
(B) My teacher
(C) (I thought) everyone else in my class - at least before I found out what everyone actually got
(D) Really just me

Answer: If you guessed D, you're right! D is the correct answer because after I discovered how everyone else performed on that nightmare, I soon realized that it wasn't a problem with the material or anything else, the problem was me. And my utter lack of understanding.


Whaddya know? Well that's mildly amusing. (Because the answer to the question was the letter "D" and I got a "D" on my test. Get it? Get it?)

I thought I had it together for that test, but apparently I didn't. As you can see:
a D and a D-, glorious. Probably the worst test I've had in years. My grade only dropped THREE percent, not a big deal. No sweat.

Who am I kidding? Yes big deal! And yes? sweat! The next test though, I'll be getting one hundred percent. You keep waiting for it. It's coming. I might be horrible at equilibrium, but I think that the analogy above is slightly inaccurate because it's not just equilibrium that's my weakness, it's the entirety of chemistry. (Now prepare for some serious digression) Unfortunately, because this is an AP class, there's an AP test. And because there's an AP test, in order to receive credit I'm required to take it.

And yeah sure, you don't have to do well. I mean, it won't affect my grade (well it certainly can't get any lower at this point), but it still would be nice to earn a 5 on the AP exam. To "help" us all do well on the AP test, my teacher has decided to give the AP Chemistry final before the AP exam. And I agree that that does make some sense. What doesn't make sense is the fact that the final is the day that we got back from Spring Break.

Not the end of the week we got back.
Not the second day back so we have a day to review.
No, but the day we get back from break. And it's a Monday.

So all that means is that although I may be on break from physically being in school, in the end, school is all that I really have during spring break. And the break is about ten days, plenty of time to leisurely but effectively study the material before the final and the AP test. Wrong. The AP Chemistry book was written by a group of people who had nothing better to do and decided to compile every specific granule of information humanly possible and stashed into a massive volume with three or four point font. And sure, the book's "only" a thousand pages long. But considering I only have about ten days of break and that I'm most likely NOT going to be effectively studying everyday, it's safe to say that I'll be burning through that book the night before the final.
 Well, if that's not something to look forward to I don't know what is.


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