I have 3 somewhat related questions.
- Withdraw from all classes?
I had 3 tests and 1 quiz last week, and none went well. As I had written, I flubbed my physics test due to misreading things, I messed up my immunono quiz which was worth a lot, I had difficulty on my micro lab test, and last Friday had a lot of problems with remembering things on that test.
The best I can hope for in any of these classes is a B right now. Once again I have aced myself out of an A. I’d like to preserve my mediocre post-bacc GPA and just drop everything, get W’s in these classes (these would make 6 Ws so far!), and start all over again next semester with a different study habit and a bit of med help.
- Memory aid.
I went to a premed conference yesterday (Saturday) at a local medical school. I didn’t plan on staying the entire day, but I was taking another premed, so I was sort of obligated to be there the whole time. I did bring some study material, which I studied while the speakers and lecturers droned on and on – saying in 20 minutes what they could have said in 10.
But the workshops were great. In particular there was one workshop on improving grades. I presented my study problem to the speaker – a national expert on memory, learning, and test-taking; he didn’t address my “blanking” on test, but he did address my sleep patterns. Normally, I sleep in the evening and get up very early in the morning to study – it is far quieter, there are fewer distractions due to fewer things around (fewer people/cars means fewer noises; no daylight, just dark outside). Then I go to class, but this means that I forget what I’ve studied that morning, because it rarely gets from the short-term into the long-term memory. The speaker said that it takes up to 5 sleep REM cycles to consolidate, apparently allow the hippocampus to move information into the neocortex, so sleeping after studying is much better that sleeping before studying. So I am going to switch things around, study --> sleep --> school/work.
- Repeating a class, again.
4 semesters ago, I took a biochemistry course, part II, and got a C. I retook the course last semster (with a different professor), and still got a C. But both times I was studying with my old study habits (sleep --> study --> school), and I could never remember anything on tests no matter how much I went over the material, self-tested, etc. I really want to get an A in this course. Will it look bad to have taken a course 3 times before one gets an A, assuming I do get an A?