Minor anticipatory freak out today at the preppy house! You see, they've released the official academic calendar for the Fall 2010/ Spring 2011 school year... Turns out that my first big group of block exams also happens to fall on my birthday week (that's right folks I celebrate my birthday for a whole week... more abut that in a later post). My gift to myself this year... will be lots and lots of time with my nose in a textbook.
What are block exams you ask? Well, research has shown that one of the biggest causes for students falling behind in medical school is that they study the way they did for undergrad... meaning they study for what is most important that week. So, if you had an exam you study for the exam in that one class, if you had a major paper due, the majority of your study time went to working on that paper.
Although, this technique is a means to be adequately successful in undergrad. The sheer volume of information presented to you in medical school makes this technique an impossible route to success. My school operates under a system that aims to prevent students from falling into this trap. That system is block exams. What that means is that if you have a test in one class, you have a test in all your classes. So, imagine for a moment that every time you take a test it's like midterms or finals week.
Now... flash back to what's important here... my-birthday-week-coincides-with-my-first-week-of-block-exams.... EEEK! Let the test anxiety begin now!
And if you should find me like this come the first week of September, you'll know it's not because I drank too much!
A big preppy welcome to all of my new followers! It's a thrill to get to know you more! You've caught the preppy house at a time of upheaval as we are only a few short weeks away from moving across the country so I can start medical school... so if my posts seem a little random, or whiny, or stressed right now... I do hope you'll forgive me and stick around to see how the story begins!