I’m currently sat by my kitchen table thinking, that instead of planning the upcoming week, I should just go ahead and plan the entire semester. Some would say I’m getting ahead of myself, but truth be told, I’m having a bit of a content drought, and I thought this might be interesting to some of you.
Since we’re being quizzed on the anatomy and physiology we learned last semester as well as the organ systems we’re currently studying, I have to find a way to revise what we’ve already been through while learning the new material. For something like this to work, I have to gauge how much time I spend on each subject better than I’m currently doing. Like today, for instance, I had three items on my study “to-do”-list, and only managed to get through one of them. To be fair, I did have several other items on my personal itinerary today, including a breast cancer awareness-run, which was so much fun.
Looking at my calendar, I have about nine weeks to get through ten categories. Not all categories are created equal of course, and some organ systems will take more time to get through than others. Two major trouble areas for me are the skeletomuscular system and the nervous system. I’m going to have to set aside more time for these two subjects. The question is, do I divide the subjects into sequential blocks, so as to not confuse the different systems with one another? Or do I overlap so that I’ll have a constant spaced repetition of every subject?
Sometimes thinking “out loud” like this really helps me get an outside perspective on everything that needs to get done. Just by sitting here typing for about five minutes, I already feel less overwhelmed. So what should you take away from this rambly mess of a blog post; find a way to boil down whatever problem you have to the bare bones. What is absolutely necessary to get done? Keep in mind important deadlines and be aware of what you’re struggling with, and face them both head on. I’m going to continue this planning process offline, and I hope you all have an equally enlightening Sunday evening.