TERM 3- Relax, Recharge, Revision
Final term is here!!!!
I cannot believe how fast this year has gone! Exams are creeping fast and I’m cramming in revision! We had a 5-week break for easter and it was needed! 2 of the weeks I spent re-adjusting my sleeping pattern to the rest of the normal world. Spending time with family and friends was great, finally catching up and actually being proud of what I have achieved in my first 2 terms at Warwick. The difficulties and the successes have both been important.
Revision has been slow, and to be honest, most of the time is trying to organise all of the notes and work I have done throughout the year. All the reading, seminar work and lecture notes are all important for the exams! For my classics modules, I have picked 8 topics that are to my strengths, not based on whether the lecture was enjoyable or I made the most notes in. This is because I wanted my revision to be as enjoyable as possible. I didn’t want it to be boring because there is no point forcing yourself to do a topic which may have a really good handout but you don’t particularly think you can write enthusiastically in your essay.
My philosophy module: Introduction to ancient philosophy, has been the most time-consuming module to revise for. My advice if for those who are going to take a philosophy module is that you should read the core reading throughout the term! Purely because this gives you more time to actually sit and develop your own critical opinions on the topic, and work through the difficult language and Plato’s awful syntax! For this module we had to submit a formative essay, I received positive comments about my thematic approach towards the question and my critical analysis of the ideas conveyed in Parmenides’ writings. In philosophy, you can focus on language but ideas are the most important! For a classics student, you tend to quote from the text, this is fine, but try and focus on using that quote to highlight the key idea portrayed within the text. Secondary sources are vital to enrich your own ideas and help to bring counter-arguments
Greek Language: As I have been saying throughout the year! keep up with your vocab and grammar! Make your notes as simple as possible, literally bullet point the rules of participles or make flash cards. The key thing with greek is repetition and practicing the language as often as you can. At this stage of the year, you want to try and read passages and understand different patterns which are used when reading greek. Syntax and particular phrases in greek are not the same as in English, therefore, by reading passages you soon can understand the flow of the language and get to grips with the different declensions and verb endings.
First exam on Monday! Good luck on any revision you are doing at the moment, stay focused and remember summer is around the corner!