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May 24th, 2004
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6 minutes to try and tell everyone what's going on in my life, before my guilt levels rise to the point where I may actually go and read some notes. Not that anything has been going on in my life, I have sacrificed my social life to the evil god of Exams, and there is nothing interesting to say. In fact, the only things that have been going on in my life are due to jelousy that other people still have social lives while I don't, or jelousy that other people can answer questions that I can't. I hate myself sometimes. Although not as much as I hate Dr Cowley. He seems to delight in making me feel stupid. It's a bit of a waste of effort on his part, as I already know that I'm miserably stupid. Ah well. Thank heaven for the lovely Ed, is all I can say. (Oh, and the lovely M, before you get jealous darling ;-) )

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From:feanelwa
Date:May 24th, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC)
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What is this thing, Dr Cowley? Must it be shot?
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From:feanelwa
Date:May 25th, 2004 01:31 am (UTC)
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Well, whatever. Shooting is easier to get away with in Cambridge, there are more rooves to hide in. What is it and what did it do?
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From:ilanin
Date:May 24th, 2004 02:59 pm (UTC)
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*hugs*
I think we have a general agreement that exams are evil. And there are a lot of second year NatScis who would like to join you in hating Dr. Cowley (he lectured Mathematical Methods this year, and was not entirely popular...)
*more hugs*
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From:atreic
Date:May 25th, 2004 01:05 am (UTC)
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Hmmmm... we had two lecturers for Methods this year, and Dr Peake has put his foot down that the questions for us must be at least attemptable. I hope that this doesn't mean he takes his frustration out on his natscis...
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From:requiem_17_23
Date:May 25th, 2004 10:04 am (UTC)
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Having just done his exam -

Yes. Yes, he did. >_
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From:atreic
Date:May 26th, 2004 12:45 am (UTC)
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*hugs* It will moderate up. Marks on Cowleys exams are like gold dust, rare, but corrispondingly valuable
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From:passage
Date:May 28th, 2004 11:39 am (UTC)
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Eeek! I've just been revising his waves course and hoping to get a couple of good questions out of it (on the grounds that previous years had questions which I could do). Would this be a vain hope after all?

I do recall that during a lecture he once said "One of the comments on the feedback sheets last year was 'Dr Cowley thinks that the way to solve a students difficulty with some topic is to repeat what they just failed to understand, only more loudly'" and we thought "Good summary".

Conversely he's the only lecturer I've had (except the one that supervised me) who showed any sign of realising I existed outside of lectures.
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From:atreic
Date:May 28th, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Well, in the last few years the lecturer was Prof/Dr??? Hinch, who was much nicer and fluffier and friendlier. Certainly last year had the most ludicrously friendly and bookworky waves question in living memory - I forgot the mass and momentum equations and still got a beta in one of them!

But Dr Cowley Cares, with a capital C. Sometimes because he cares about stuff, he wants things I think are obnoxious, but he does Care. I like this

Good luck with the exams, they can't be going worse than mine are :-)
From:anoushkamalfoy
Date:May 24th, 2004 02:59 pm (UTC)
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I think I remember Dr Cowley. Was he the man who gave a lecture with Tom Korner about exam technique just before our Part II exams? He was mean :( I remember we all went home and ate lots of ice cream to cheer ourselves up after that lecture.
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From:edith_the_hutt
Date:May 25th, 2004 12:20 am (UTC)
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Has anyone not sacrificed social life for exams by now?

Shut up Senji.
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From:atreic
Date:May 25th, 2004 01:14 am (UTC)
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Yeah, you see my point... I didn't stop to think about how it would be to be the only one in a rather busy house with exams. Although TBH there's as much temptation from the students out there, what with the BBQ on Saturday, and #assassins on... well, just #assassins in general
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From:olithered
Date:May 25th, 2004 08:56 am (UTC)
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It'll all be finished in a little while. Here's wishing you the very best of luck!
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From:ko
Date:May 25th, 2004 11:25 am (UTC)
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I once mentioned him to one of my profs and he said he thinks that guy is Really really strange. And then he changed the topic.
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From:holzi
Date:May 25th, 2004 02:35 pm (UTC)
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Well, he definitely is a little bit strange. But he didn't seem quite nice when he lectured Vector Calculus in my first year (Did I ever mention how his supersoaker was broken when he tried to demonstrate something and was immediately offered three replacements from the audience?). However that's of course a course which is not that difficult, no idea how he'd be if he lectures something more complicated. I hope your exams will go alright...
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From:atreic
Date:May 26th, 2004 12:47 am (UTC)
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Opinions on lecturers vary so much between students - I was on the Pilkington Prize committee which consisted of three people who thought Dr Korner was a god, and three who thought he couldn't lecture for toffee and just liked to cultivate an eccentric amusing image for his own sake, at the expense of the content of his lectures.
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From:robert_jones
Date:June 5th, 2004 03:45 pm (UTC)
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The latter three were correct. He's popular with many students because he tells jokes and because he gives out chocolates together with his lecture feed-back forms.
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From:atreic
Date:June 6th, 2004 01:29 am (UTC)
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Well, I was one of the latter three, who wanted to give it to Dr Leader instead... we won in the end. But Dr Korner does do a lot more than just tell jokes - the prize is a "teaching" prize, not a "lecturing" prize, and if you look at extra stuff he does: "how to write a part III essay", etc on his homepage, and the book on further analysis he's been handing out for ages, he's not all bad.
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From:robert_jones
Date:June 6th, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)
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His short guides are quite good, I admit. I've heard (from Imre, oddly enough), that he has very strange ideas about directing studies.
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From:atreic
Date:June 6th, 2004 07:11 am (UTC)
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My house mate was at Tit Hall, and didn't find him a problem as a dos. I think he's one of those weird tastes, like marmite... some people get on really well with him, and some don't.
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From:robert_jones
Date:June 6th, 2004 07:28 am (UTC)
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Yes, and I suspect that Imre may be a bit like that too, only a completely different flavour of Marmite obviously, which is why they get on so badly. They both have strong views about how maths should be taught. I tend more towards Imre, although not so much so as I did when he was my supervisor.
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From:meirion
Date:May 27th, 2004 01:16 am (UTC)
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oh, dr cowley's not as bad as all these comments would suggest (although he hasn't replied to my email, bah humbug).

he has a bit of an odd way of looking at the world, and takes a gloomy satisfaction in predicting the most pessimistic outcome and agreeing with one's own pessimistic predictions, but i find that easier to get along with than people spouting happy-happy-joy-joy.

[it has been suggested that if one feels like becoming depressed, one should go and talk to him for ten minutes and that'll do the trick.]

-m-
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