Jan 29

Communication Systems Exam ’12-’13

Today I had my first exam at PoliTO. When I first came to Torino in September there were also exams going on and they seemed to be pretty organised. People were called by their name to be able to enter the room, they told us you needed to use the terminals in the hallways to print some kind of “entry ticket” which you had to show as your name was called.

Fast forward to today, we could just enter the room where we had exam, everyone was just talking until the professor arrived. People just had to sit at both ends of a row and one in the middle, didn’t matter if your coat and backpack were next to you. Nothing was said about having your wallet or a cellphone in your pocket but to be sure I turned it off and put it away.

The professor came around during the exam, writing down your name on a paper to ‘register’ your attendance. That’s about all the formalities there were today, no papers or name calling at all!

For those who want to know which questions we got on the first exam day of Communication Systems, feel free to download the list of all possible questions: List of questions 2012 2013

The ones asked on the exam were questions 2, 5, 7, 14, 18 and 21.

Dec 10

Italian A1 exam

Last week we finally had our Italian level A1 exam. This is the most basic version of the Italian language course you can take. If you don’t know a single word (besides mama mia! perhaps) you usually take this difficulty level.

For anyone coming to Politecnico di Torino and having this exam as a part of their Learning Agreement, rejoice, as it’s six credits you will never get as easy again as these. Basically, if you summarize the grammar rules you get from the coursebooks and learn the gender of a handful of words along with the irregular participio passato forms table you will do just fine on the exam.

This is a multiple choice test without error correction. There are fifty questions testing your knowledge of prepositions, verb conjugation and the like. However, of the five possible answers there are always four that are too obviously wrong. If you have some notion of Italian you can easily guess the correct answer by eliminating the, sometimes hilarious, possibilities.

So don’t be afraid or be stressed for this exam. It’s easy, especially if you went to the courses at the beginning of the semester. I’d say you would need about 2 to 4 hours of studying if you want to get 45+ out of 50. To my surprise I only made one mistake, sadly enough you cannot view what it was.

I really don’t know if the A1 exams of Italian are all this easy around the world, but an A1 certification tells someone you understand Italian on a really basic level. If you’re motivated I suggest you skip A1 and start with the A2 level, that might be more interesting and challenging for any student who has notion of Roman languages.

Aug 22

Youtube Tutorials

I have a maths exam next week and I was having trouble with double integrals. A friend told me there were a couple of pretty good video tutorials on YouTube explaining how it works. It appears the guy who made those has a huge list of tutorials explaining all kinds of things related to mathematics, you can check it out by clicking here.

I’m also working on a new project along with a friend, it’s called VGsave. We’re going to try and make an archive of video game saves. Still working on eveything though, it’s not functional yet, but feel free to take a look at http://www.vgsave.com