This two-week study bootcamp was more helpful than I thought for helping me feel ready for the semester. I found setting goals for the number of minutes I would study especially helpful, and I will carry that practice into the semester. Setting minute goals prompted me to be more aware of the quality of my studying. For instance, I became more aware of times when I paused in the middle of study time to think about what to have for dinner or to plan for the following day or week. Over the past two weeks I kept a stricter accounting of actual minutes spent studying.
The minute goals also increased my awareness of the time it takes me to read a chapter or work a certain number of problems. The timing varies depending on the difficulty of the subject and my level of skill; however, by keeping track over the course of the semester, I will be better able to making adjustments accordingly.
Over the next week I will develop a model for posting in greater detail about studying for Organic Chemistry II. Check back next weekend for details.
Numbers for the day (Made the target numbers!):
Before 6 p.m.
Organic Chemistry – 90 minutes; review of Newmann Projections and chair conformations.
Differential Equations – 90 minutes; watched lecture 2 again and reviewed notes.
After 6 p.m.
Physics –90 minutes; worked vector problems.
Workout – 60 minutes; walk.