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Some Lessons Learnt during the Busy 'report writ'in, project finish'in period'
- The more you stay up late to finish your work, the more you sleep in the day.
- Having a finished written report does not mean a finished readable report.
- Although the prof says content matters more than the number of pages, you still have this irrational/kiasu fear that you are graded by the thickness of your report.
- You eventually end up comparing the number of pages you wrote, with your friends.
- After comparing the number of pages, and realising you are not the most worst-off of your friends, you slack off.
- If, after comparing the number of pages, and you realise you wrote the least pages. You aim to write at least as many pages as the (2nd lowest pages) friend. After that, you slack off.
- Sometimes, putting pictures in your report can take up a lot of pages.
- You'll realise you're clutching at straws when you fall into the vicious cycle of having not enough pages to fill, and creating diagrams/thinking of new chapters to fill up those pages, then finding out that your friends have written even more.
- Updating the content page numbers of the report in MS Word - manually , sucks.
- Almost 60% of your time would be spend fiddling with fonts, section breaks, Bold/Italics, formatting, page numbers(1,2,III ?? ) in MS Word. The 30% will be spend surfing net, taking a peek at the telly, having a snack/toilet break. The final 10% will actually be writing.
- Writing the report actually takes more effort than the project.
- Most painful lesson learnt by far: Save Often. in multiple locations. in multiple formats, CD/DVD/Usb drive,diskette/Gmail yourself the report. Even then, you may still screw up somehow.