what i’m learning from taking microbiology/how to study

I’m learning that studying sucks. for me, i don’t have a general technique that i use to study, i have to switch up every subjects. I’m also 33% in every learning category which is problematic because during school, especially during an accelerated times 3 summer course (the course is 5 weeks long), there is no room for trial and error (which explains the two F’s, a C and a B).  anyways so some general tips that I can share about my study habits that I am finding out.

  • it is okay to take breaks–there are very few people in this world that can work endlessly (if you don’t think they exist, I will gladly introduce you to my father, the man is a beast. plain and simple)
  • it is okay to sleep– I’m not saying get home after work, look at the mounds you have to memorize by 9am in two days and collapse into a sleep coma. 30 minutes is the key, no longer than 30. AND, listening closely..or I suppose read closely..YOU MUST GET UP. DO NOT RESET THE ALARM. DO NOT SAY FIVE MORE MINUTES. TRUST ME. I know this game and it ends in 4 1/2 hours later waking up with a first thought of: “fuckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk, I need to study” (you will promptly fall back asleep after this thought)
  • procrastination is a terrible thing. no you will not do it later. no after this show you won’t go to your room.
  • excercise. do it. I use excercise for several different reasons, I’m happier afterwards, I’m more optimistic (i am a realistic, not one of those smiling all the time with fucking chipmunk teeth popping, in your face with a bunch of  “don’t worries” and “you got this” bullshit.). it is a way to take a break but have a decent excuse. when i move my feet that somehow transfers to my brain into perpetual motion. i use a treadmill, you can study on that..
  • WRITE IT DOWN. if your teacher hands out a packet. USE IT TO TAKE NOTES. my professor handed out a packet which was of all the slides of her Powerpoint, when going through her Powerpoint I would write down everything even though i had a much neater version of it 5 inches away.
  • STOP TEXTING. I’m serious. just stop it. now.
  • ask questions. ask your teacher questions, ask your classmates questions (after/before NOT DURING class). it engaging you in what is going on in the class
  • talk. by talk, I’m thinking of the lines of “network”, get email addresses, Facebook accounts, numbers, messenger accounts from people. if you’re having an issue understanding something chances are someone else is too, or someone does understand and can explain it. also talk to the teacher. really though ON AVERAGE they will try to help I understand shit teachers though, believe me i know, if you are faced with one of these, classmates and Google are your best bet). and in my experience if you show a teacher your willingness, they will appreciate it.

alright kids. well those are all of the gems I have for you right now. honestly this is me on a break from studying right now…

Good Luck

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