Get Ready with Me: Back-to-School Study Bootcamp


I like to get a jumpstart on the semester so that I don’t feel too overwhelmed in the first few weeks of school.  If I plan well, this jumpstart will be the first step to keeping me at least a week ahead of schedule.  This past semester my anxiety levels were higher than usual.  I found better planning and regular exercise helped me the most.

Over the next two-weeks, I will set my workout schedule, get familiar with the early topics of study for all my classes, and figure out the best way to organize my notes and study aids.  Of course, once the semester starts, I will adjust things a bit depending on the professor’s style and testing methods.

I will start with a very rough plan for the first few days. Last semester I found that it was better to set time goals rather than chapter goals.  For example, I found it better to schedule 60 minutes to review chapter one rather than simply putting “read chapter one” on the schedule.

The Daily Minimums (6 days a week):

60 minutes:   Workout

90 minutes:   Organic Chemistry

90 minutes:   Differential Equations

90 minutes:   Mechanics

I will give daily updates with links to resources I used.  Are you on a back-to-school study push?  Email me to share your schedule!  Reader tips and suggestions welcomed!

Sonjiala Jackson-Hotchkiss

Sonjiala (SON-ja-la) is currently pursuing an MS degree in chemistry at UC San Diego. As a member of the Bridges to Baccalaureate Program at San Diego Mesa College, her research in organic chemistry includes the synthesis of fatty acid esters of vitamin C that will be tested for their ability to inhibit glycolytic enzymes. In an additional research project she uses analytical chemistry techniques to determine the composition of World War II era California pottery.

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