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.