A little over three weeks ago I took my comprehensive finals for my masters degree in exercise physiology. Today I received notification on the results.
The comps consisted of six hours of writing on four questions – three quesitons on exercise physiology, assessment, training, and nutrition and one question on statistics and research. One of my questions, the stats and research questions, was weak enough to warrant the committee feeling I needed to re-write it.
Now that said, it’s not nearly as bad as it seems.
- I felt after the test was over that this was my weakness coming out
- I did extremely well on the other three questions
- Normally if you have to re-write the committee stops all activity involving your thesis so you can concentrate on the re-write. While they felt it was weak, it wasn’t weak enough for them to feel that I wouldn’t destroy the question on the re-write so I can proceded full speed ahead with my thesis
- I only re-write the one question in December. So I don’t have to worry about anything else
So, I’m actually not in the least bit disappointed. In my defense, for the last two semesters, in the interview we have with the head of the graduate program in the exercise and sports science department upon ending the semester I have continued to express my discomfort and lack of confidence with my abilities in statistics. And as much as I studied during my prepartion for the comps I don’t feel I had as firm a grasp of the subject as I should have – partly due to my being slightly behind the learning curve and partly from the fact that I feel that it gets the least amount of ‘acutal instruction’ in the program.
In the end though I know it comes down to relying exclusively on myself. I accept the consequences of this and have no qualms with the results. I also have every confidence with putting the much more difficult ‘hard science’ stuff behind me, I’ll be able to manhandle this question come December.