School has certainly taken up more of my time than I had expected. Nevertheless, I have prevailed — I ended the first session about two weeks ago with a high A. At the risk of sounding overly pompous, I probably would have earned an A+ if they were offered by Georgetown.

There was certainly a good amount of adjustment involved in the beginning. Combined with the fact that I had been out of school for so long was the constant reminder that I had not been a stellar student (to say the least) back then. I was unsure enough of my abilities that I scared myself into studying like I was insane. For first time, ever, I went over the day’s lecture notes at home, then followed up by reading the book and taking notes as I went along. In the end, I would typically have taken notes twice for each topic. I’ve never done that before, and I think it made a big difference. I definitely can’t credit my performance to prior knowledge of the subject material — yes, I’m sure it helped somewhat, but I know that every lecture felt like totally new ground to me. That’s not too hard to imagine, since I took general chemistry some nine years ago.

The second session is going about as well, but I haven’t been able to focus or work quite as hard. I think some of it is the typical student laziness, but I’m also being a little more selective about how and what I study. I’m still reading the book and going over lecture notes, but I’m less careful about topics that I get very quickly and more careful about the ones that need more attention. I’m spending less time studying, but the subject material has remained at largely the same level of difficulty. Still, my strategy seems to be paying off — I’m on track to get anoter solid A (so far) and I’ve been able to spend more time on things outside of school. In the fall, when I’ll be taking organic chemistry, physics, and biology all at the same time, my performance will absolutely depend on the ability to make effective use of my time. And having time for myself will be absolutely essential if I don’t want to burn out before the end of the semester.

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