Bootcamp Success and Other Updates

The Study Bootcamp helped my transition back to school. I didn’t feel as overwhelmed the first week, and I was able to study more during that first week than in the past. However, with just a two-week bootcamp, I didn’t get much ahead of schedule.

My Differential Equations class is faster paced than the online lectures I watched to prepare. I had the syllabus, but still I found the pace brisk. The bootcamp was especially helpful. I’m not ahead, but I feel confident that I will be able to keep up.

I am continuing my review of topics from Organic Chemistry I. The beginning topics overlap with ones I studied during bootcamp, namely substitution and elimination reactions. I am still preparing the study schedule that I will share online for this class, but it will include reading/reviewing articles from organic chemistry journals. I don’t expect to fully understand the articles that I read; but I find it’s good practice and it’s nice to feel the sense of understanding (or should I say recognition?) grow across the semester. Also, reading journals may lead to good questions to ask the professor. I haven’t met with my organic chemistry professor, yet. I plan to as he has additional notes and information for chemistry majors. The professor suggested three hours of study time for every one hour of lecture, so I will start my study minutes goal there.

I am a week ahead for my Mechanics class despite having spent a little less time on this class during the bootcamp. I believe that I can stay ahead.

Overall, the bootcamp helped me more than I expected. I was more relaxed during the first lectures, and it got me into the habit of putting in study time at home. I worried that I would feel class time was the equivalent of my bootcamp minutes, but the two were separate. When I got home from school, I still had a desire to get in my study minutes.

Check back next week for more updates on getting the magazine up and running.

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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