March 14, 2014 My desk
This is my second post on this blog that I decided to make spontaneously in the middle of the night (the quote does not count as a second post because its not my own words). I promised, in my first post, that I would make an effort to at least post every single Friday. I did not realize how fast time whizzed by me this week and it is already Friday. I did not want to break a promise that I had made (and I shall never promise things in the middle of the night ever again).
By the way: this is not what I look like.
So why will this post not be as awesome as my first one? For all of you who visited this blog for the first time (I thank for enduring it), I am a second year premed student. Before anyone asks, yes I love my program to death. And yes it is as difficult as it sounds. Tomorrow I have a cell biology midterm that I have been frantically studying for all week. It has gotten to the point where I have begun creating analogies of real life situations with scientific material that I have learned.
So needless to say, I will not be getting nearly enough sleep tonight; a wonderful result of morning weekend exams and a person who gets distracted super easily. And yes, most of my exams are on the weekend, which may seem cruel but actually makes a lot of sense. We have a little over 700 kids in my class (and that is just my section. There is a second class) and it is most definitely difficult to attempt finding one day during the week that suits everyone’s needs.
So since I am on the topic of midterms, I might as well provide my main studying tips/tricks.
1. If you are short on time, holistic memorization will always trump rote memorization any day. Our brain works on connections and the more connections you make, the more likely you will be able to recall the information.
2. Understand thoroughly. This may seem like a no brainer, but I was genuinely surprised by the number of fellow students I have met who just memorized information that they did not understand. That is just a recipe for a forgetful or a jumbled up disaster.
3. I’m no expert (and really I am not): but do what I do not and allot yourself appropriate time for studying all the material and going over it once more
4. Sleep. This is the moment where we process everything we had learned which helps with recalling it later on. I know I said that I would not have enough sleep (Enough being my usual 10 hours), but I always make sure that I sleep at least 7 hours before an exam.
As of this moment, I have looked at the clock and realized I need to get a move on and study quick. Coffee anyone?