Back-to-School Study Bootcamp for Spring 2014: Day 4

Day Four

I noticed a significant decrease in my panic level today. I didn’t expect a positive change in my level of calm to come about so quickly.  When I visualize the first few days of school, I feel more confident that I will be able to come up with a workable study plan.  A few people know about my study bootcamp, and they are starting to ask me how my minutes are looking for the day.  I like that extra check.

I had some daytime business errands today, so I didn’t get in as many minutes as I would like early in the day.

Here are my numbers:

Before 6 p.m.

Workout: Long walk plus short squat routine.

Organic Chemistry:  60 minutes.  Still working my way through the chapter on substitutions and elimination.

After 6 p.m.

Differential Equations: 90 minutes. Watched Lecture 3 and reviewed some notes.  Lecture 3 covered separable differential equations, a topic first introduced to me in Calculus II.  My Calc II professor gave highly structured lectures with formal definitions followed by numerous examples.  I’m not always good about keeping my notes organized, but I’m glad I had my Calc II notes.

Physics – Mechanics: 60 minutes.  Working through the end of chapter exercises on motion in one dimension.

I’m still not getting the full number of minutes in that I had originally planned. Still, it’s nice to have a goal to work toward.

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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