If you're not familiar with the tale, it goes like this:
A man was walking on the beach saw that it was littered with thousands of starfish. A little boy was picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them into the ocean. He asked the boy, "What are you doing?" The boy replied, "I'm throwing starfish back into the water. If I leave them here they'll dry up and die." The man said, "But look how many starfish there are. What you're doing can't possibly make a difference." As the boy picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean he said, "Well, it makes a difference to this one!"
the results for my first mischievous bunch of students, who tortured (:p) me all of the last two years just came out and i'm glad that (some? most?) of the starfish i attempted to save, through the gruelling 4 months of last minute work (Gosh! realised i had slogged all the way from 10 Jul to 15th Nov!!), did make it in the end... :,).... (sense the exhaustion i felt at that time)... it's a feeling that i can't quite explain.. though i won't claim credit for their entire success but i'm glad i was there on their journey to where they want to be..
all the best little starfishes! **waves**