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

# maths

## 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

## Provisional Grades Are In: Passing So Far!

Provisional grades from my Data Science apprenticeship so far show that I am not only passing, but passing with a high mark on some of my submissions! The most recent of these, a portfolio combining learning, professional writing, reflection and programming, is something I am especially proud of. I can’t help but look back to the Read More

## There Was a Time When I Was Good at Maths

When I turned 16 I dropped out of school. I’d hated the experience since I started secondary school at 11 years old and it had only gotten worse from then. Dropping out was a huge relief for me. I went to community college the next year to study for and take the GCSE exams that I Read More

## Can I Get Enough Of Studying?

Last week was my latest contact week with the university, where we spend 3 hour sessions with the tutors going through tasks they’ve set out and asking questions. The week before that I took off as study time to work on my programming portfolio. This week, I went tutor hunting and have booked myself tutoring sessions Read More

## It’s Dangerous To Go (Into Maths) Alone! Take This (Tutor)

That’s a reference from the first Legend of Zelda video game, for you non-gamers out there. This morning I woke up early and finally took the step I’ve needed to take for a while; hiring a maths tutor. I’ve been scraping by in the Data Science degree, but there are some particular areas that I’m not Read More

## Progress in Data Science degree

As the end of my first year on the Data Science degree apprenticeship approaches, I’m realising how far I have come. I mean, before I started this degree, I thought that machine learning was like a really smart macro recorder! This week I’ve had some time with my tutors and they’ve been giving us quizzes that Read More

## Maths is very hard!

See title. That’s basically it, mathematics is very hard, calculus, linear algebra, and now I need to learn how to solve differential equations. I believe I can get it eventually, but I’m not sure I can get it soon enough for the exams in August… but I can sure as hell try. Anyway, that’s the whole 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

## 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