Christmas songs keep on playing in my head! It’s not a bad thing, though. Fall/Winter are my favorite seasons, mainly because of all of the holidays that are jam-packed into them. In the spring, there’s spring break, but that is more like catch-up to school time. This past Thanksgiving break was super short, as always. I still don’t get why the other U of I schools get a week off and we only get two days, but whatever. I’m sure it evens out some way or another…
Prospects of this semester? I’d say I am for sure getting a B in Foods class, assuming there’s no curve. He has a set point scale that he sticks to, but I don’t know who is getting an A in that course because his exams are surprisingly specific and detailed (and even reading the book doesn’t help). Eh, it’ll be fine.
My other classes…I am hoping to miraculously do well in Nutrition During the Life cycle (got B’s on first two exams I think) final, then maybe I’ll get an A. I don’t really know how I’m doing since the grades aren’t totally up or scaled correctly. I am greatly crossing my fingers for anatomy and physiology to be good to me (that’s 5 credit hours!) as well as molecular biology laboratory. I really like both of those classes. My nutrition classes are usually enjoyable, but I think being around all of the dietetics people this semester has made me shy away from doing well as I should be (sucks to be the loner!).
Well, just one more week and we’re all done with another semester at UIC. This semester, while insanely fast-paced, was quite accomplishing. I got to do a lot of work that helped others and enforced my will to pursue a career in medicine. It is exhausting to keep learning, but if we don’t then we’ll never get better or move on to where we could be in life. I don’t think we can be perfect (because what’s the point in life if we were all perfect?), but we can be pretty darn close to it (Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, anyone?).
Quick tips on studying/cramming:
- Re-write or re-type all of your notes. Once you’ve created your “study guides” in a nice manner, study like your life depends on it. Read it front to back so you know everything on it.
- Record yourself reading your notes or listen to lecture capture (assuming you have it for your class). Sometimes lecture captures take too long to listen, so my advice is to study your own notes and clarify some things you wrote down by watching the lecture capture. If that doesn’t help, there’s still time to see your professors/TAs or visit help centers like the writing center, science learning center or math tutoring (Honors College tutoring as well).
- Do practice exams problems every chance you get (if given). Just like studying for a standardized exam, the only way you’ll get better or understand what is being tested is to take the exam itself and find your weaknesses. Don’t just take the exam or do practice problems though. You have to analyze the crap of your mistakes and hammer down those concepts! This is the best way to study by far.
Happy studying. We’ll reach Nirvana soon!