I have realised that the hardest part of my exam is going to be finding the right pen to take! Thankfully being a letter writer I am more used than most to handwriting, but not for 3 hours solid... So I am trying out pens. I borrowed some from work which are gel pens. Great I thought, these will flow nicely and not need much pressure, but they are rubbish.
The one that looks posher is horrible and scratchy and leaves gaps in letters. The other one is better. But the problem with gel pens is the smudging. Now I know that I am going to want to leave a gap while I jot down something for the next paragraph while I think of it, and then go back to fill in the gap. I did it while doing a practice answer and ended up with a black hand and an unreadable paragraph.
I could take my favourite ink pen which I use for letter writing, but again the same problem. I could use a bit of paper to cover up the paragraph while I lean on it, but we're not allowed to take paper extra paper into the exam and our answers are written in a booklet.
I could use my posh ballpoint pen that the office bought me when I'd been there 25 years, but I have to press too hard so I'll have cramp within 10 minutes.
I have 2 1/2 weeks to sort this out! So now I'll try out some of the other ballpoints I have, but not too much otherwise they'll run out of ink after the first paragraph....
Other than that, it's the simple (?) task of learning the essay contents.
Just now I'm working on Attention and Perception, which is interesting. It has also gone some way to explaining how I managed to walk past a pile of wood on the drive and not notice it, something that Mr H has always taken great pleasure in reminding me!