Tuesday, September 30, 2008

4:55 PM

General 19: Econs ++

So the last of my Prelims results was received today. I got 61.3 (calculation error of 58.9 in school) for my H1 Econs! Another B grade for my H1 to slightly make up for my very dismal H2 grades.

Here is the mark breakdown:

Case Study 1: 15/30
Case Study 2: 18/30
Essay Q3: 19/25 (9/10, 10/15)

(CS=70%, Essay=30%)

This is the best showing for my Econs in my entire JC life! Whats even more amazing is that I hardly ever study for my 2 H1 subjects. Maybe the paper was easier, I dunno. I was heavily penalised in Case Study 1 for being too one-sided. That immediately lowered my mark levels for several "high-value" questions. Damn wasted sia!

I would say the essay question was really lucky as it suited me. Part 1 asked for reasons of rise in food prices. I whacked a whole set of demand and supply factors from general knowledge but I never expected such a high 9/10 mark!

Marker comment : Can be improved by providing some insights to issue. Good coverage of content and application of real-world examples. (Something very similar to my GP essay lol.)

Part 2 was about the viability of price controls of food. Despite getting 10/15, it was poorly done as exclaimed by the marker as I failed to elaborate more on the price ceilings and the whole slew of alternative measures I proposed. Quantity but no quality.

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So here are the overall grades for the entire prelims with some updates.

Physics 57.3 C (School Rank 35/390)
Chem 47.6 E (School Rank: 324/609)
Maths 50.0 D

GP 60.0 B
Econs 61.3 B

Total rank points=55.0

This is a drop of 2.5 ranks points from my mid-years. Very bad considering that most people actually improved from their mid-years. Its always my Maths and Chem dragging me down. To add salt to the wound, my lousiest H2 subject, Chemistry was the only improvement of a measly one point, I dropped one grade each for Physics and Maths. Thats the price I pay for slacking in the holidays.

According to reasonable guesswork, my Physics, Econs and GP are likely to remain at the >90, >91 and >95 percentiles respectively. My Chem and Maths would most likely have dropped below 50%. I think my prelim result slip would be the only one that has the most extreme of percentiles, lol!

With A-Levels looming in less than a months time, the word "slack" has been deleted from my dictionary. Chem and Maths are known to be the easiest to mug subjects in my subject combination. Yet I am one of the few that scores out of the ordinary. Many have said I am so stupid to have squandered my potential. The easiest to score subjects I pian pian cannot do well. Then those people praying to pass especially for GP can hardly ever get their wish despite relentless mugging.

I fully understand this, and in order not to disappoint, I will have to bite my teeth and mug for the sake of my future!

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It is Cindy's birthday today. As usual, I do a short post on it.

Cindy, the birthday cake smasher, as she is most affectionately known. A super-high schizophrenic with a half-girl, half-guy mentality. That should sum up what her character is!

Work hard for the A-Levels! Drive up that "motivation" streak of yours!

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I did something for the first time in my life yesterday. Although the first was jittery, I never felt that huge sense of euphoria in the second. Unfortunately (or fortunately), it shall mark the start of a period of enforced divergence. Everything shall be frozen in a state of suspended animation during this time, after that, the "serious stuff" starts!

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