TUDelft Exams Season Survival Guide!

Hello everyone! As I already commented on my last post, I’m on the middle of the exam season here in Delft, definitely one of the toughest parts of being a student and as such, I’ve decided to give some advice/encouragement for the forecoming generations of students that may happen to read this blog.

First things first, as an international student, you probably live by yourself or with some roommates and that means that you have to feed yourself. During the rest of the year this is obviously not a big issue, but during exam season all the stress couple up with the lack of time can result in some extremely questionable meal choices. In order to avoid this, what I did was buy a big set of tupperwares and follow a very strict meal-prep schedule. I normally spend Sunday mornings cooking and I cook 2 or 3 meals for the whole week. My recommendation is to prepare a big vegetable stew and some rice/spaghetti. (I’m planning on doing soon a post about student cooking, bear with me!) This way, you can forget about cooking for the whole week and you can carry the tupperwares with you to the library/studying place of your choice in order to minimize the lunch break. I also recommend to buy ziplock bags to carry fruits/ bread as eating just one thing for lunch can be quite disheartnening otherwise.

Now that we have the staying alive part covered, here are my tricks to prepare for an exam. In the EEMCS Faculty, there is an student organization called Christiaan Huygens (in honor of the famous Dutch mathematician) that keeps an exam archive  of past years exams, some of them coming even with solutions. Trying to solve them by yourself without notes and writing down the weak points you think you may have with the material is a great exercise in order to test how truly prepared you are. Also the teachers generally give a couple of question lectures/sessions in their offices in which you can drop by and ask things that might confuse or that you haven’t truly understood.

Lastly I would like to talk about the best places to study here in Campus. Everybody knows the TU Delft library and how amazing it is, but I’ve found it to be too crowded for my taste, so I set out to find other spots to study. My two favorite ones are first the 2nd and 3rd floors of the EWI building where there are plenty of tables where you can comfortably study (the 2nd is near the canteen and the 3rd is a very big silent room) and second the new Mathematics Building  (we’re moving from the big red tower!) where there are plenty tables with very good lightning and is generally silent.

Well guys this is all from my part, I wish you all a lot of luck with your current studies as I’m going back to studying in order to face the last couple of exams that I still have!

Happy New Year and brace yourselves, exam season is coming!

Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a Christmas break as nice as mine! I flew back to Madrid to be with my family during the holidays and I had a blast! Every year, I go with my friends on a walk around the center to look at the Christmas lights, which are laid out throughout Madrid’s central districts to light up the city for the occasion. They usually look like this:

Even though it can get quite cold, the sights are totally worth it. To me it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas until I’ve seen the Christmas lights in Madrid! Now that all the holidays are over though, I came back to Delft to study for the exams that I’m taking on January. In the Applied Mathematics MSc in your first semester you usually do 3 Common Core classes plus 1 or 2 electives from your track. In my case I am doing Martingales, Brownian Motion and Stochastic calculus, Discrete Optimization and Scientific Computing as Common Core subjects and then Risk Analysis and Financial Markets Theory as electives of my track (which is Financial Engineering).

 

In most of this classes, there’s a part of the grade that consists on work done during the semester such as handing in exercises/assignments done at home  or short exams done in class. This accounts for 40% of the total grade generally and the rest can be achieved in the written exams for which I am studying right now. In order to be able to do all exams at TU Delft, you have to enroll a couple weeks prior through Osiris, the webpage in which grades are also recorded at the end of each exam season. It’s extremely important to remember to do this, if you don’t enroll for an exam, you may not be allowed to do it or there may not even be enough space for you in the exam hall to do it! This last piece however is very rare in the Applied Mathematics MSc though, as we’re very few students luckily!

Anyways with all of this said, I’m going back to studying! (I know, shocker) Wish me luck in the coming months!