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FML - The follow-up
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OP here! I didn't think my FML would get posted so I didn't create an account until now, haha. First, thank you all for your suggestions and understanding! Now, to clarify some things...(long comment incoming!) 1. I actually started researching for this assignment on Christmas (My family doesn't celebrate Christmas or New Years so I had no holiday celebrations to distract me). The institutional login went down on the 31st of December and during that time, I had just finished reading textbooks and articles on the Cognitive Metaphor Theory and have only started to look for articles related to my text and such. So yes, I spent 6 days reading up and researching more on the theory because I didn't understand it. Although I'm a second year English major, English is not my first language and it definitely isn't my country's national language either, so I had some trouble with certain words and concepts. 2. My classes officially ended after the first week of December, my class had consultations with our lecturers in the following week. It's not encouraged to start writing essays before the consultations because our ideas can be rejected and in Year 2, rejection is a high probability because we "need to be more unique" and "everything has been done to death". Also, paying attention in class rarely (in my experience) helps in university, especially for a course like mine because what you learn in class may never be applied in your essays. But yes, I actually did go and see my lecturer to have her explain things to me after each class, the unfortunate thing is that she speaks in a roundabout way so even when I ask her to clarify things further, it still makes no sense. Hence I often end up learning everything again by myself. 3. I had a 3000 word essay on Victorian Literature on top of this Stylistics essay. It's completely my fault for underestimating how much time and research I needed on my assignments (I spent two whole weeks on my Vic Lit essay) because I thought that my anxiety and perfectionist-tendencies wouldn't go insane this time round. 4. The Institutional login issue is a campus-wide one. Despite this, none of my classmates and I have the balls ask for a deadline extension. Prior to this issue, it has already been extended by a day and most of us don't want to bother our lecturer since she's the nicest one and the only one who really cares so far. She's also new and has done a lot for us (as in helping us catch up with the basics we weren't taught in Year 1 so that we can understand Stylistics). Also, as soon as it opened, I went over to the library to ask about what happened and they told me that the IT department decided to "restart" the servers, which I find ridiculous because it's less than a week away from examinations period and the majority of the university have their assignments due before examinations period starts. 5. My classmates are unfortunately on the same boat as I am, meaning, none of us get Stylistics enough to teach someone else. We've spent our entire time in Stylistics trying to catch up on the basics of Linguistics while learning Stylistics at the same time so a lot of whatever that's taught in Stylistics flew over our heads. 6. There's no "winter break" for my university because my country is a tropical country (which is weird because we have "summer break". Christmas is unfortunately also viewed as one of the minor holidays so no, there's no study break during Christmas as well, but it's still a public holiday. I hope that clears some things up! Also, I'm a 'she/her/female' :)
By nebarius - / Monday 2 January 2017 10:07 /
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3rd day attempting to find resources plus 2 days until it was due means that he tried to start 5 days ahead. I wouldn't call that last minute. Sometimes, I have to start papers a week before their due date because the professor is still teaching on the subject or hasn't even gotten to it yet.

Usually professors are really understanding if you can't log into something especially if you tried to seek help. Just have some proof and hope that they are in a good mood!

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paying attention to a class doesn't mean you'll understand everything. paying attention also can't help when you can't log into something, unless the professor had told the class that the login information has been changed.

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Last year in my Biology class, I never took notes, fell asleep a few times (I work nights), and never read the book or studied the material. I passed with an 88. Meanwhile, the guy next to me, who took notes every day, never fell asleep, always read the book chapters and studied before every test got a 60-65 on each exam (we answered tests on these clickers that told you your grade as soon as you submitted your test answers, so we would always compare grades). This all said, paying attention doesn't mean you'll pass the class. I'm not saying it doesn't help, I probably would've gotten a higher grade in the class if I paid more attention, but sometimes people legitimately just don't understand the subject matter. If it had been some sort of math class, and not Biology, and me and this guy swapped places, he'd have outscored me without even batting an eye, while I'd have been struggling trying to do my best. It's just how learning is sometimes.

Usually professors are really understanding if you can't log into something especially if you tried to seek help. Just have some proof and hope that they are in a good mood!

It's always wise to save a classmate's number for situations like this. However, I'm sure you're not the only one having trouble accessing different resources. Email prof as soon as possible and seek help. There's nothing more that a prof hates than an email full of excuses the night before an assignment is due.

could you not reach out to other students in the same class to get some understanding ? and if you explain what happened to your professor I'm sure they help you out alittle with an extension.

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3rd day attempting to find resources plus 2 days until it was due means that he tried to start 5 days ahead. I wouldn't call that last minute. Sometimes, I have to start papers a week before their due date because the professor is still teaching on the subject or hasn't even gotten to it yet.

Being that most schools have been on break for the holidays for at least a week I'm going to have to agree with the "don't procrastinate" comments. if you didn't understand the theory you should've asked the teacher about it prior to winter break...YDI

I failed a online test when the university site went down for maintenance, and signed me out 2 minutes into an exam. Instructor said the syllabus was very clear on no excuses on incomplete tests.

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