Weekly Journal: March 3rd

March 3rd, 2016

Greek Literature 8:10 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Thursday, February 25th: 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

  • This day we did exam prep. It was split into three categories which were 1. What you know, 2. What you know you don’t know, 3. What you don’t know you don’t know. We were taught how to make spiders of the important events in each play. How to weed out particular details we did not know and how to study for them. It was extremely hilarious when Dr. S instructed us to make a list in three minutes on everything we think we don’t know. After the minutes were over he said I’m sure the students who don’t have a long list are the students that know the least! I looked down at my list… and it was short! Lol! I thought to myself “Oh Lord, I have some work to do!” No seriously I knew I had a lot of prep to do if I wanted to succeed on our exam that would be coming soon. So I planned to study everyday up until the exam.

Friday, February 26: 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

  • I got started a little early with re-reading the Iliad because I knew that I would procrastinate. I went over my old notes and added to them. I jotted down the important characters and the important events that we discussed in class that I’m sure would be on the exam. I also looked over the list I made in class of the things I did not know and attempted to answer those questions. After I felt comfortable with the information of the play then I finally called it a night.

Saturday, February 27th: 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

  • This evening I decided to skim The Odyssey and Rhesus and go over my old notes and add to them. I also used outside sources like google to get others opinions about the plays and important facts.

Sunday, February 28th: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

  • This evening I picked up where I left off, reading and jotting down the important names, events, and places. It began to become a tedious task because the stories introduces so many people and you sometime confuse stories especially because there’s a lot of information to obtain and the same characters are in the plays but doing different things. I also skimmed over Iphigenia In Aulis again and looked at our discussion board on the Sunoikisis-Euripides website because we previously had to write a piece on what we thought about it.

Monday, February 29th: 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

  • This afternoon I went over my notes and focused on the important parts of the story so I would be prepared for the next day’s class exam. I focused on the email that were provided that said it would be basically quotes that we have to identify. I really did not know what to do because I found that extremely hard considering the fact Greek Literature is already hard itself and to remember a quote that someone said is extremely difficult considering the fact quotes are said the WHOLE time throughout your readings. So I decided to google important quotes from each play and attempted to memorize those. To my disappointment….. now of those were on the exam. SMH (Shaking my head).
  • March 1st, 2016: EXAM DAY!!!!

March 1st marked our first exam in the course. Thank God we were provided with all the details about how the exam would be structured. We were provided with four quotes from the four plays we have been studying (The Iliad, The Odyssey, Iphigenia In Aulis, and Rhesus) and were to pick three and basically elaborate on the important details of the quote. For example, the time, place, author, who said it, why that person said it, what happened before and after the quote was said, what the author was wearing when he wrote the quote, if the author ate the day he wrote the quote, how many vowels were in the quote, oh man, I could go on for days! When I got the papar I was thinking to myself “Now Dr. S… foreal?” However it was not hard to identify which quote came from which play. It was quite easy to put together context clues and depict what the quote was about to identify the author and title of the play. Long story short, thank God it’s over!

Afterwards, my friends were like “how was the test?” I then explained how we had to bascially describe where a quote came from. They laughed and ranted how the test was extremely obnoxious and how the hell we would remember something someone specifically said out of all the plays we’ve read and blah, blah, blah! I smiled in my head because I remember the conversation we had in class one day when Dr. S asked “Do anyone know why I test you guys on things you may consider irrelevant to learn?” Well he did not say that verbatim, but you get it. Everyone paused and looked around, and finally a girl to my left raised her hand and said because you want to see how well we pay attention to detail, It’s really not about how many facts we know Odysseus because let’s be honest here… how many random people can you walk up too that would be able to tell you the rising and falling action of The Odyssey? It then made so much sense especially for me because it is very hard for me to pay attention to details. I sort of overlook details and just be on my own little world and I’m not sure if it’s because I can get easily distracted or what.

Long story short, no matter how much of a pain this course is for me, it will be very beneficial in the future. Especially considering the fact I will be a MD, details will then become a life or death situation. So overall, I guess this course is a blessing in disguise. A REALLY GOOD, THOUGHT OUT DISGUISE!

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