Back-to-School Study Bootcamp for Spring 2014: Day 5

Day Five
I was tempted to declare today a day off from studies, but given that my panic level only just started to recede yesterday, I knew that a day off now would probably start a downward spiral. It’s so easy to want to relax after the initial panic dies down. I want to encourage a pattern of pushing forward in times of relative calm such as in those times just after the test for example. I want my schedule to dictate my studying, not my anxiety level.

For my study times, I set a timer for 30 minute bursts to keep track. If I have something given to quick review or if I am having trouble concentrating, I will set the timer for as few as 15 minutes.

My numbers for the day:

Before 6 p.m.
Differential Equations – 60 minutes; working in first-order differential equations chapter.

After 6 p.m.
Physics – 90 minutes; watched Lecture Three (nice buildup in the lecture to the in-class demonstration at the end); more motion-in-one-dimension problems.
Organic Chemistry – 60 minutes; continuing with substitution and elimination with review of earlier topics as necessary.
Workout – 60+ minutes; short walk earlier then long walk.

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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