Frustrating Week

This week has been more than frustrating for me Tuesday we had 3 tests one in Residential Theory second in Study Skills, and third in the dreaded Basic Electric, Residential Theory went well I felt fairly confident with that one Study Skills was not as good I was uncertain about quite a bit on that one I just have so much trouble absorbing the needed information and then we had the Basic Electric after we took that one I felt really good about it, We got Residential Theory corrected and returned first I got 100% I was thrilled with that one In Study Skills I got 85% not anything to be too thrilled about but I am holding a 92% in that class even with that shitty 85% all that is left is the final report due next Wednesday I should be fine with that I have it almost complete I just hope I did it correctly, Third Basic Electric we got back Thursday I got my paper and looked and saw a 85% WTF I could not believe it I knew all the material I looked and here the last question worth 4 points was a schematic drawing we were given the voltage of the circuit and the value of the 4 resistors we had to find the Amps, of the circuit, voltage and Wattage at each resistor, an easy problem just follow the formulas which I know and it all works out, well for some reason I thought value of R4 was 5 Ohms it was actually 8 Ohms to me the 8 looked like a 5 well that threw all my calculations off so I totally missed all 4 points, I was so pissed and I also missed a true and false it was one you had to think about so I left that one for last it was “ Doubling the resistance in a circuit halves the current if the voltage is held constant” I went back to that one after I got all my other problems worked out I figured the answer it was True just then the teacher asked if all the tests are turned in I looked up and everybody else was done just then the bell rang, I went back circled False and turned it in I have no idea why I circled False I knew the correct answer GRRRRRRRR
I was so upset with myself I would not even talk to anybody the rest of the day, I went home and spent the rest of the evening splitting wood. So today we had yet another test in Residential Theory I took it I knew the answers but lost all confidence in myself after blowing the Basic Electric test, the circuit we had to draw was a challenge but I thought I got it OK I just was not sure if he wanted the downstream outlet to be GFCI protected so I did wire it into the GFCI. I answered all the rest of the questions to the best of my ability then just went on to the next class, and never gave that test another thought. Another test this was for the test out in Basic Math Damn it was hard I know I did not test out I am quite rusty with multiplying and dividing fractions but no big deal this test does not affect our grades it is just an evaluation test if you pass you don’t need to take the course I know I did not do too well and even if I did I would still take the class to be better prepared for Tech Math. Which brings us to lab we have the same teacher in Lab as Residential Theory, well he was huffing and puffing because there was so many poor tests results and really bad scores in fact several people failed, adding to my depression, Well he came into the room and shouted someone finally got a 100% He said where is Tim Ross I said right here I was working on my project #28 he said congratulations You are the first to get 100% on the test good Job. I don’t particularly like being in the spotlight like that he said that in front of both my class and the second semester class, but My confidences came right back I was once again happy and now determined never to make a mistake again like I did in the last Basic Electric class, funny how quickly things can turn around
Tonight Crista and I went out to eat we went to that great Chinese restaurant that just opened up the food is so great there then after that I just stayed home and vegged in front of the TV…..
Tomorrow I will work on my wood pile and go get some shopping done Mom wants a spotlight put up on the back of the house that will be an easy project and if all goes well I am going riding Sunday we are going out East toward Du Boise area it should be a good time and a welcome relief from the stress of this week
Enjoy Life,
Tim 😉