Just finished compiling a list of topics that I need to revise for this year’s summative examinations and I must admit, some of the topics I didn’t even remember that I had studied. This is really bad since I have only 12 weeks left until exams!!!
I have planned a few things that I am going to discuss because I have realised that I never actually look at my scribbles on OneNote. The list is big but seems doable and it certainly is. The main objective is to really understand the chemistry behind these topics and be able to apply it in the exam. Since it is no longer a mark scheme sort of thing and you are credited for showing an understanding even if you fail to use the exact terminology as in the mark scheme, I am going to try to really be able to talk to the elements and compounds and then talk about them in the exam.
When I look at the list as a whole, I find it really overwhelming therefore it is really important to stay calm and pace myself so that I don’t burn out before exams. I remember for A levels I worked really hard but sort of gave up a few days before the exam because I had been revising for so long. This did not quite turn out to be healthy therefore I have got to make sure I do not repeat this mistake.
I am beginning to lose my motivation to attend lectures a little (a lot). I will try to go to as many as I can but I feel like it is now time that I take control of my degree and revise the way that works for me.
Society events can wait for next year now. The only thing that is still on is Bhangra classes because they are classes and because I enjoy them so it is a nice break from revision. It is also good exercise because otherwise I’ll just end up sitting at my desk the whole day and then have a really bad back ache as I always do. This became a serious issue during my A level exams but Bhangra will hopefully help me avoid that. Today’s class was really productive since I, for the first time, was actually sweating!!! Sounds odd but this is good because it means that I actually put some energy in!
I think I got about three weeks of labs and a total of about 4/5 labs for the year. Now this is where I’m getting a little emotional. Labs are where you have the most colourful times not just literally but metaphorically as well but next year, apparently labs are on Mondays and Tuesdays. Is this supposed to be a good thing? I’m not too sure yet. I shall find out if/ when I make it to second year.
I have lately been spending a lot of time in the library and it really helps to see everyone else working and motivates me to get on with my work. In my room, I just end up listening to my recently compiled playlist of Panjabi music (thanks to Bhangra soc for this too) and it doesn’t really help that I am an avid day-dreamer. Obviously, I cannot day-dream in the library right? Like, obviously..
Other than this, well, work is beginning to make more sense now. But I was expecting this. I tend to understand concepts over time as opposed to when they’re taught. I also find that my note-taking skills have improved because now I know what I know and what I don’t and I can judge for myself what is key.
Other than this, life is not bad. My rotiyan are now good circles. I wouldn’t say perfect circles but still relatively good and I am beginning to use my time more productively and I am almost always working. Recently started my Refrain poem but it requires A LOT of drafting however I am not feeling very creative nowadays therefore the process is taking long but hopfully it’ll be finished before Easter (although I am in no hurry because I want to make it really good then declare it finished). Until then,