When time is tight, pick a plan and stick to it
December 21, 2013 § 2 Comments
Two days left and things have been going “horribly”. Skjalg usually guts my use of the term “horrible” by stating a rhetorical “you know what’s horrible?” and then following up with something that actually is horrible. Nothing helps a bad mood like a little perspective. If only it were easier to come by…
I have so many feelings and thoughts right now that I really don’t know where to start or what is worth putting down. Studying for this exam has not been going the way I would’ve liked it to go. The problem I had to face earlier today was that I have changed my study plan so many times, mainly because my study plans are almost always impossible to complete. Take study plan #5, for example:
This plan was started on Tuesday night, after a day of realizing plan 4 wasn’t going to work. It is based on something my mama shared with me from when she prepared for the bar exam. She said there was one portion that included 200 multiple choice questions and in order to prepare for it, it was recommended to do 10 times the amount of questions – so, 2000 questions. I thought it seemed like a great idea when she told me and thought that now might be the time to try it out. The next day, I made it up to 45 questions. I then calculated the amount of time I had spent per question (about 6 minutes, to first guess, then look up and understand the question – and take notes of course). At that rate, I would need 86 hours to do 900 questions. Not possible. I then calculated how much time I would need if I cut it down to 2 minutes per question. The result? 9 hours a day until the exam (without breaks and with perfect efficiency). Let’s just say I had to make a quick, reluctant jump to plan 6….
I stayed home today, thinking that a change of location might help me out of my little rut. It is so frustrating spending your entire day studying and then feeling like you did nothing at the end of it. Last night, Skjalg gave me a little pep talk and told me I had to choose a plan and stick to it. I’ve deviated from my lecture notes and have been reading the textbooks and a board review book, so he told me to go back to my lectures notes – those are what got me this far anyway.
I got off to a good start this morning and made flashcards for all the parameters we need to memorize, things like electrolyte concentrations, pressure values in the heart and lungs, etc. Midday I fell into a big pit of self-pity. After an hour or so of failed self-coping, I turned to the internet. More specifically, videos to give me some perspective. This video tribute to 2013 did it for me. Some tears later, I was back in my place 😉
Since then, I’ve been glued to my “art gallery” as Skjalg calls it. I’ve collected all the lamps from the apartment and circled them around my study area in efforts to keep me focused. After my midday slump, I made a new – and final – study list. The best part about it: it’s realistic. I’ve finished my goals for today and it feels so good. Now I’m off to bed, so I’m ready to conquer tomorrow!