Thursday, May 11, 2006

Taking notes.

I'm still sick.

These past couple of days have been pretty bad. Spending 8 hours a day in school all the while all I wanna do is go to the anatomy lab and tell them to chop off my head is not fun. It's also not fun that I already have enough homework to keep me busy until July, but I suposse that's part of the deal.

Some of my more advanced med student friends (aka- my favorite party people) have advised me to be diligent about my studies, to set goals for myself, to make progress charts, to not under any circumstance miss class and all this other stuff; and while I understand what they are saying, I am just not feeling it.

I've never been the type of person who has ever really had to study. I read my stuff, go to class and somehow all the information is absorved almost osmotically. Sometimes I joke around saying that most of my learning is done by association. People laugh when I say that, but that really may be true. When I am challenged by something I find someone who is passioante about it to make me want to be passionate about it too.

Last semester was probably the first time that I really consciously sat down to study. After
the incident with the Chemistry professor I was so close to failing the class that everyone kept telling me to just drop it and take it again this semester. But I DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE drop classes. So I studied and made Chemistry my life. I made every concept in that book something I could understand. I think my notes alone could make for a very successful "Chemistry for Dummies". In any case, the class everyone thought I would fail, sometimes even me, I got an 87 in- and that was my lowest grade.

So yeah, I am somewhat intimidated by everything that I am going to have to tackle this semester should I survive this cold. Too many physics courses, too much chemistry, and still more crappy courses; but I've already come up with a system so I'm okay. I think. As long as I follow the plan, that is. Because I know that I probably won't, seeing how I am a procrastinator and all. But I am an effective procrastinator so that's a plus.

Still, in trying to start this semester on the right foot I should at least go shower because I am already late for class...

3 comments:

local wannabe said...

... i've never been the studying type either ... high shcool and college was somewhat of a breeze and a cag ... i didn't do extraordinarily well but got by with minimal effort ... somehow come test time all the knowledge just came out like an exorcised demon and i didn't even know where i was pulling it out of half the time ... now, in law school, things are different yet still the same ... unlike college i do all my work every day ... the only thing is the standards and degree of difficulty have changed ... now you are expected to go above and beyond the normal academic routine and pursue your studies diligently ... this is something i haven't come to terms with completely ... but somehow i always manage to luck out in the end ... hopefully i luck out on my last first year final tomorrow ... one things for sure though ... at 12pm tomorrow corks will be flyin and bowls willl be sparkin' ... not that any of that is different from how days are normally coordinated around here, except, of course, that school will be but a figment of the past ... a very hazy blurry figment that arguably never happened ...

jackt said...

I've found that the more advanced I got with schooling and career/work, the less I was able to get by with relying just on my smarts and last-minute efforts. Sometimes there's just too much to absorb, and some things just take a long time to complete or learn thoroughly.

But sounds like you have really good strategies at getting the help you need and knowing when to go out and seek it!

quico said...

My question is why are you taking so many physics courses?
I was under the impression that only me and other engineer major students had to...