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I bombed my recent exam. I clearly don’t understand mass spectrometry, despite convincing myself otherwise. Fortunately it was more than just MS, so I didn’t lose my entire shirt, but fuckityFUCKFUCK!
I am unbelievably angry with myself, mostly at my self-deception. I had learned it before in another class a while back and I convinced myself I didn’t need to practice it and focus on other things. I clearly don’t remember it, and looking through a textbook, I realize I’m actually inept at it. Now I have to go to office hours and relearn this skill that I thought I had. And it’s a fundamental skill that I want to develop, not just for this class.
What annoys me most is that I can’t find good resources on it. I have the old standby: A textbook that basically every chemistry student has nationwide, and then… nothing that is really helping it “click” in my mind so that I can approach problems with any confidence. I can rationalize a correct answer, but I lose all confidence working towards one. Shit like this makes me seriously wonder if I have the chops for what I’m doing.