Sunday, May 19, 2013

Adjusting to School: The High’s & Low’s

This past week was my first week back to school, which means a new routine, meeting new people, and learning new concepts. I can’t really remember the last time I was actually excited to go to school and learn. Maybe it takes being a little older, having a better idea of what I want, and being super motivated to do well. My courses this semester all consist of Chemistry and Biology, which in my opinion are two very important and interesting fields of study.
What do you think about the old saying of ‘practice makes perfect?’ My theory is that practice makes you successful in understanding the concepts to do well in the course. One factor that I’m staying on top of is studying and practicing Chemistry problems. It is suggested that for every credit hour you have of a science class, you need to study 2-3 hours per credit hour each week. So 9 credit hours = 18 to 27 hours per week. So far I am studying like mad – about 24+ hours in this week alone (no joke). I know that it will be worth it in the end when I have accomplished my academic goals and succeed in class. I have also enlisted the aid of a tutor, because any extra help I can get,
I’m going to take it.
 
My low for this week: self-doubt and wanting to give up.
This particular experience happened during Chem. Class, where I second guessed myself into thinking that I couldn’t tackle a specific concept as fast as everyone else. Right away I felt a deep sinking feeling and wanted to bail from the classroom. Negative self-talk pooled in my head and I felt like giving up. After class and holding back tears, I found a quiet bench and sat down, took a few deep breaths and started studying. Within a short time I had figured out the concept that was so puzzling to me in class and I started practicing several problems to gain more assurance. As I sat on the bench looking off into the distance I thought to myself, “You were going to let one little hick-up stop you from accomplishing your goals.” This is something totally out of character for me, but I’m glad that I took the time to step back, re-focus, and TRY again.
The lesson learned: Some of the concepts that I’m learning are new to me, so I can’t expect myself to just know exactly what to do on every problem or situation. It takes practice to get good at something and that includes chemistry problems.
 
I hope you guys have a great week and until next time,
Happy Trekkin’.