I realized after my entire math class assuredly bombed the test we wrote today that I should probably re-evaluate my approach to effective studying. I’ve always been a bit of an over-achiever, and the thought that I most likely failed a test for the first time in my life is a difficult thing to try to process. However! It was only worth 10% of my grade, and I know that I was not alone in finding the test to be comparatively complex and lengthy in relation to the 50 minutes we had to write it in. I found myself not taking time to read the questions because I didn’t think I had enough of it to unpack it, and every single question incorporated several theories we discussed in lectures.
Oh well, there’s no time to dwell on it because there are at least seven other looming due dates coming up in the next two weeks. Welcome to BCIT.
So. What’s my plan?
I’m going to start writing my lecture notes on looseleaf paper in my clipboard, and then copy them into a notebook of polished material that amalgamates the lecture slides posted on the internet with the notes I would take in lectures.
For labs where I have group assignments and problems to work on either before or in labs, I’m going to bring a separate duotang with problem sets and other work. When I read assigned chapters for my classes I’m going to make flash cards as I go and write notes based on the learning objectives outlined in the chapters.
This is my new plan, and on top of that I need to start making more time for exercise, meal planning, and sleeping. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself, I mean, it’s only been a month. There are still plenty of months left in between now and June of 2016 for me to figure out how to balance a schedule this crazy. I’m also trying to unlearn some of the study habits I developed when I was in university, had no labs, and only had four courses.
Today I’m feeling down and defeated, but I have a plan in mind and I’m going to start executing it today.
In other, overwhelmingly positive news: I moved! I moved to my new apartment in the city and it’s small but it’s perfect for man-friend and I. We bought a mattress on Saturday and come this weekend we’ll be sleeping in a cozy pillow of angel clouds instead of a piece of foam. Joy! Rapture!
I think tonight after I finish some homework my primary focus should be taking half an hour to just do some yoga and step away from all of my screens and my stress. Love to everybody out there who is also experiencing academic-related stress.