Today I Got A 94

Today I was informed that the preliminary result was in for my programming portfolio, worth 80% of the final grade for the programming module of my Data Science Apprenticeship. Going into the system to check the result and feedback had my anxiety way up, I was sure I’d done at least as well as the other Read More

I Only Wish I Had More Time To Study!

I’m enjoying studying again and I am even enjoying studying maths. I wrote the other day about how I used to be good at maths, but had fallen behind and given up in my school days, then labelled myself as ‘bad at maths’ thereon. But being ‘bad at maths’ for me mainly meant, “I can’t be Read More

Eating My Ego

Today I attended a tutorial with my probability and statistics tutor for the Data Science degree. It was around a half hour just me and him, which let me work on the really basic stuff that I don’t understand, and an hour with another student attending to work on the more complex stuff. I felt bad Read More

Preparing Myself For The Future

Something that I have always been comfortable and good at is learning new work skills. My Excel skills for example have only gotten better and better and been the backbone of my career for the last 5 years. With all of the different jobs I’ve undertaken that were heavily Excel focused, I’ve also developed great analytical Read More

Getting Up To Speed For Data Science: Attitude

At the end of last year I was losing faith in my ability to study Data Science. Even though I had had a good first contact week, the material was incredibly difficult for me to understand. Following that, I wanted to work hard on my maths, but really had to start at a much lower point Read More

Organising Bookmarks More Usefully

One of the troubles with attempting to be a self-driven learner is that organising everything is up to you. Being in control of how and when learning happens is great, but being told what to learn and when and being directed to the material simplifies so much! So this is what I’m lamenting after my contact Read More

Getting Up To Speed For Data Science: Maths

As I mentioned in previous posts, I’ve just finished my second contact week with the Uni for my apprenticeship and I am re-motivated to learn. The maths is the thing that has me the most stumped, so I’m going to take charge and stop hoping that the material I’m struggling with will suddenly make sense. Luckily, Read More

Data Science Contact Week 2: Finished!

Today marks the end of my second contact week for my Data Science apprenticeship. My main takeaway is the same as last time, I should not be so worried about being behind, if I just put in the hours, I’ll be fine. After this week, I can even envision myself getting ahead as we now have Read More

I Underestimated Data Science

I didn’t realise I was going to have to learn Linear Algebra and Calculus for this degree. It was silly of me really to so far underestimate what I would need to learn. From what I had read online, python or r can do all the work for you, you just need to learn the language Read More