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Practice

A white flower shot using a +3 macro filter at 200mm on a 55-200mm lens.

A white flower shot using a +3 macro filter at 200mm on a 55-200mm lens.

For almost any activity, from sports to writing someone starting out is told to practice, practice, practice. This is most often met with a “yeah, sure.”. Recently I looked back at some of my writing from four years ago (letters home) and compared them to ones from my last month at college.

Since I have been writing these every week since the start of Freshman year I have had plenty of practice, and it is quite visible when comparing two documents fours years apart. While I am sure there has been some influence in vocabulary and grammar since I started college due to writing papers, if I had not practiced at letter writing they would still likely be disjointed narratives with no flow or interest.

I have not looked back at any of my old blog entries (it has almost been a year) so I don’t know if there would be any dramatic changes yet. Maybe in a few more years will I have seriously improved at this.

Meanwhile all I can do is practice.

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Construction at UCSB, there is always some on campus.

Construction at UCSB, there is always some on campus.

I started studying for the Physics GRE today. My test is on November 8th, I know I should have started sooner. It sort of snuck up on me.

I don’t know how most people would start studying. Maybe looking over notes for the past years or reviewing a lower division general physics textbook. Or internet resources. I decided to go full immersion and start with a practice exam.

It destroyed me.

In the end my score came to be 590 or about 34th percentile. My goal is about 800 for the schools I want to get in to. During the test I marked problems that I felt I needed to review, sadly no correlation appeared between the problems I marked and the ones I answered correctly.

Now I need to decide on a path of study before my next practice test (probably Saturday). I can either look over the test for the right answers, look at solutions for my wrong answers online or compile a list of topics to study from notes.

I will start with solutions then move on to notes. Let us see if my score improves after my next practice exam.

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