Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Above Average Grade

Barely. And someone got a flat 100, again. We have a genius among us.

Great.

I suck. How can I study that much and still get an "F" (I realize it is a "B" or some such thing but might as well be an "F")...

Checking out jobs in the Zamboni driving category. Apparently, medicine is not going to be my path.



My friend from class sent me that. The individual was not thrilled with the grades either.

And I wrote my professor to ask for office time to figure how I effectively study better so that I don't fubar another exam in two weeks.

For this exam, and I am REALLY embarrassed to say, I spent:


  1. 100 hours in the library each weekend doing the homework problems
  2. when I got a problem wrong, I took the solutions manual correction, made a note card why, and then moved on
  3. when I ran into major concepts that repeated themselves, or differentiated themselves, I made a note card on that as well (hence Sn2, Sn1, E1, E2) and moved on
  4. made a note card on bases used for each type - not specifics but trends to watch for
  5. for epoxides I made a step list - from memory after doing the problems - on how to solve


I truly do not know what to do differently.

Drink??? :D

5 comments:

XOXO Dr. Kay Elizabeth said...

Don't say that. I honestly and truly do believe you will make it into medical school long before I do. You have a chance. Don't be so hard on yourself, I am saying that seriously. I know you're just venting and you have the right to feel however you want to and say whatever you want to, I totally respect that. Just don't be too hard on yourself, you don't want to prevent yourself from making it because you're not reaching some "unreachable goal". I've done that to myself and not I regret not being in medical school. Plus I've learned from talking with those geniuses in my classes, they usually grew up around medicine so they have an advantage that first year med students may not. Not to offend anyone out there who were first med students and still got straight As in all their science classes, I am purely speaking from my own personal experience, investigation, and life with those people :) Don't worry. you'll do great and be an even better doctor. Good luck to you the rest of the semester.

A Doc 2 Be said...

Thank you, Kay for the encouragement. I went from bad day at work (contract ending sooner than had been told) to studying for exam over two days, to failing said exam, to failing biology quiz (not a 1 but a 0 - thankfully, I get to drop two quizzes), to my real score.

I'm frazzled and seriously, bummed. How can I work that hard and not get a good grade.

Something is missing in my head... I need to figure out what the disconnect is and fix it for surely, it is not my retention or my unwillingness to work hard.

Slamdunk said...

Sorry to hear about the bad short results for all your hard work. That can't be easy, but I hope a new day brings better news.

XOXO Dr. Kay Elizabeth said...

Hi Doc 2 be... I would say go to office hours. Maybe you're a learner like I am. I have to talk or "teach" my professors what I know and explain it to them to make sure I know it and if there is a disconnect somewhere, they're there to correct it before it's permanently written to my brain's memory bank. I believe in you, I really do even if I don't know you. Make it for the both of us :)

Anonymous said...

Oyi, first, I'm sorry to hear that. I know how disappointing and frustrating it is to work your ass of for a class and it not translate into the grade you want because what you're going through is exactly the issue I had with Orgo as well.

But you're doing the right thing in meeting with your professor and most professors, when they get to know a student and how hard they're working in their class, will try to help them out. So don't give up and keep talking to your professor.

An A is great, but sometimes the lesson is in the process .

Best of luck and hard work!