Saturday, October 29, 2011

Another Saturday Night & I Ain't Got Nobody

So, I sit alone, in the librar - ry;  (actually, they closed too)

How I wish I had someone to blog to... (oooh, I do!)

So, I wandered down the med school area, only to be surrounded by chatter-bugs on "dates" ... I remember those days... kind of.

Anyway, my 2nd major ochem exam is looming very quickly.  And I am not done with the problems from all the chapters yet.  My peer in class said she was not done with chapter 8 yet, but... she's happy with a "B" at this point.  Then she mentioned how she gets done with a chapter in about 4 hours.

FOUR hours?!?!?

The last chapter took me almost 12.  I do all the problems assigned, make note cards on things I fubar, have separate sheet that I write down commonalities between reactions and other areas.  Sn2 has a sheet, Sn1 has the backside of that one; each have their note cards.

I do NOT do note cards for each reaction but rather each type:

if strong base with primary halide, what happens?
if weak base with 2ndary halide, what happens?

etc.  I think I get it, then sit down to do the problems, and I get one switched around.

So, my goal tonight is to finish the chapter I'm on (5 problems left), then move onto the next chapter; get at least 10 done in that one (it is the final chapter for our exam).  Then hit the sack.  If I can do that before 1 AM, then I have all day tomorrow, in the library, where it is quiet, to gel the material.  Monday morning I'll sit where it's quiet and flip through cards, and take my exam.

A guy in my foundations class says he never studies until the night before, and then crams like mad.  He said he can't remember a thing the day after the test, but he gets solid "A"s.  I don't hate him but it makes me sad.  I can remember all the -log, log, kinetics equations, ICE tables 'til I'm blind and I struggle to get the "A".  Nice for him!

IF I can get an "A" on this test, I'm golden.

If I cannot, well, I'm not going there!


Allison said...

I had friends like the last guy you mentioned. This is a common pre-med technique, tell everyone you never study and get A's but in fact study as hard as everyone else. Why do they do this? I'm not sure... to freak out the competition (is your class curved?), to seem bad ass. I caught onto some "friends" when their girlfriends and roommates told me how much they really studied. And all you can do is feel sorry for them.

Slamdunk said...

Hang in there. Your hardwork will be rewarded.

I was never successful at the cramming thing. I either invested insane amount of time learning the material or crammed and prayed to barely pass.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Forgetting everything the day after the test does not bode well for your friend’s future as a clinician. I would rather have someone who has learned and assimilated the material enabling its further usage.

or perhaps I am missing something here ?~!....

A Doc 2 Be said...

@ a - I think he probably does the problems but does not consider that "studying"; at least that is my hunch

@ SD - thank you my friend... I'm either insane for all the time I spend trying to master the material, or I'm just insane; or both!

@ Lynda - thank you for the ongoing support. I think he is looking at very specialized, highly technical specialty at the PhD level. He is not considering medical school at this point and is very, very smart, and actually, a really nice guy.

Solitary Diner (Also Known as The Frugalish Physician) said...

I often find myself worrying that other people are studying more effectively than I am and getting better results with less effort. And then I remember that it doesn't matter what other people are doing, as long as what I'm doing is working for me. You're the one writing the exam, so do whatever it takes for you to be successful - not what others are doing.

A Doc 2 Be said...

So very true, Solitary.

I will not change what has been working for me... just made me wonder for a short bit if I'm really that slowwww and just very smart after all.

Then I quit caring and keep studying!

Eden said...

You will absolutely get there! Don't worry about what everyone else is doing/says they're doing. (I know that's easy to say but seriously...) Think about this when you're REVIEWING the material for the MCAT and he's frantically trying to LEARN it because he brain dumped after a cramming session.

And for the record. I don't remember what a date feels like either. I vaguely remember the concept, but it's just been my cats and me for quite some time now. I'm actually learning to like it.

XOXO Dr. Kay Elizabeth said...

Wishing you luck. You should be fine for tomorrow.