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Sunday, October 9, 2011

What Has To Be Done

      After participating in a very enlightening conversation regarding my current academic predicament with my university counselor a couple of days ago, I left the office with a couple of things on the brain. It's not going to be the end of the world like I thought it was going to be. That's not the same to say that everything is fine because, obviously, it is not. I still have to make up for that class by scoring high grades in my other classes. To tell you the truth, I find it very hard to find time to study for all my other classes when Drugs and Diseases is in the way. The class easily eats up hours of my time and is unmerciful. 
      I told my counselor about how difficult it was to balance everything and she talked to me about "efficient studying". Other than just saying efficient studying, she didn't really go into how I was going to do it. So I decided to change up my whole studying method and try something different. I'm starting to use index cards, which I haven't used in about a year, and I'm actually thinking about what are possible questions that are going to be on the test as I'm going through the notes. This are the kinds of things I should have been doing already but I have been a lazy student. I study by looking at the page trying to absorb the information and it wasn't working. 
      There's no more room for failure because there's no coming back from it. I have to be miles ahead of the program to succeed, which means I have to be smart about my studying and using my time well. I have to learn how to study efficiently. I studied for hours but ended up only studying 25% of the test while thers ended up getting eighties and nineties. Which is why I have decided to implement a schedule. Oh, how I hate schedules but I have no other choice. I can't even get up without my roommate pushing me awake. NEVERTHELESS, things have got to change and the laziness is the first of bad characteristics that has to be thrown out the window. 


  1. I don't know how you do it. All of this sounds way over my head, mostly because I was a bit of a slacker. I paid attention in class, took great notes and memorized as much as I could. But I didn't spend hours a night studying, and I never pushed myself like you have. Much respect.

    It sounds like you're going through hell now, but it will be worth it when you're cashing those fat paychecks in a few years! Keep it up, but don't forget to breathe, relax, sleep, drink heavily...whatever you need to do!

  2. Laziness aside, this does sound like a lot to take on. Also, what the hell is efficient studying? My school counselors were equally as useless. Go to them with a problem, and all they tell you is basically, "Well, go solve the problem. You can do it."

    Yeah, thanks. If I wanted a useless pep talk, I have parents for that.