Friday, November 27, 2009

Last Pharmacology test

My last Pharmacology test went about as well as I could have hoped. I'm pretty sure I passed. Fortunately, the test had some really questions. Unfortunately, it also had some specific questions about cardiac drugs and anti infective drugs.

The semester is almost over. Now I just have two competencies and 7 Final exams to do. I think I'll start studying for the Pharmacology exam this weekend.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Some good news and some bad news

The bad news:
I probably won't be ready for my cumulative Pharmacology test this week. There's just too much for me to study. The test will cover everything for the course. It's essentially an abbreviated version of the final exam.

The good news:
The test is only worth 10%. I still have 2 more weeks before the final exam. Now I know how much I have to study for the final. Studying for the test will give me a good start on my preparations for the final.

Here I am again

Studying at the last minute because I spent too much time studying something else.

I have a cumulative Pharmacology quiz later this week. It's going to test the same breadth of material that will be on the final exam. I'm going to have to study for that until blood comes out of my ears.

I've got a Sim lab experience scheduled for today. Faculty's seems a bit vague about what's going to be happening in Sim today. I'm wondering if they're going to throw us into a high fidelity Sim too see how much we freak out.

Learning vs. getting good marks

I've come to the realization that getting good marks doesn't always mean that you're learning well. By learning well I mean that you're actually accumulating knowledge that you will retain, and can use, after you write an associated test and or exam.

I try to learn but I do some cramming because I am convinced that cramming before a test can improve my mark by about 5-10 percent.

I know someone who almost exclusively crams. She starts to study a few hours before a test and ends up getting really good marks. She doesn't seem to know anything, unless she's about to write a test. It's kind of odd and kind of annoying. What's even more annoying is the fact that she's aware of her problem and talks about it frequently.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

4 weeks left

This is the busiest semester so far and, from what I've heard, the hardest semester in the program. Oddly enough, I don't find it that hard. I think I've just gotten used to the work load. I mostly just study and don't spend much time bitching about it.

I actually have to bite my tongue sometimes, so that I don't tell people how much I'm enjoying myself. That would just piss a bunch of people off. Most of my class seems to be doing fairly well with only a handful of people who are on the verge of failing. Guess which students do the most bitching and complaining.

Next week I will be writing 3 tests and doing a group presentation. After that I only have to worry about preparing for competencies and writing final exams. This semester will be all over on December 17th, when I write my last exam.

This semester has just flown by. Now there's only 4 weeks left.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Last midterm today

I write my last midterm exam today. It's on Ventilators.

I could have gotten an H1N1 vaccine yesterday, but didn't feel like waiting in line. There's still a shortage of vaccine here, so only "high risk groups" can get vaccinated now. As a Student RT, I'm considered to be in a high risk group. I'll get my shot on Friday morning, when the vaccine clinic, at school, opens again.