immunology will single handedly kill my gpa and get me kicked out of the mlt program, i swear.
i love LOVE john b.- one of the funniest, funnest, coolest, smartest profs i know.
but his class is from 1245-0300pm and my brain is so fried after my 8-12 class.
it takes SO MUCH effort to stay awake.
immunology is seriously cool stuff but i am just so tired that everything is just flying over my head.
plus, he has these free form lectures and i never know what to take notes on. should i write on my lecture handouts? should i be taking my own notes (if you want to see what my notes look like, by the by, you can go to my edu site: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~codilee and click on the "mlt 108" section. i take 1-4 pages of notes every class and scan them all to pdf for future reviewing. doodles and block letters included) ? should i be reading the text book? studying the textbook? before class?
and his quizzes... never know what's going to be on it! i totally studied for the wrong thing this last quiz. we were already talking o chem in class so i was studying carboxyl, carbonyl, amino, sulfhydryl... but the quiz was on clonal selection! fraaaaaaak. there was a question about b cells and i guess i over though it. i should have said "b cells make antibodies when stimulated by antigen." how simple is that? instead i panicked and wrote something like "MHC on APC stimulates Tcells to make cytokines which activate B cells... " guh. and i totally forgot that toll like receptors are innate immunity. and wbc is innate immunity (damn it!) which means PAMPs are innate... so three wrong on that already. oh and macrophages innate, too. ok so four wrong. plus my stupid b cell answer. then i got the clonal selection "repetoire" question wrong. i talked about the main idea of it but didn't talk about differentiating to specific antibodies to create an "inventory". guh. which is like a super huge deal. that's what happens when you only study from the damn text book, i guess. so six wrong. i think i did ok on the questions about titers. maybe a half a point at least. this quiz is going to friggen kill my grade.
everything in class i learned before... vaguely. i remember things like protein structure and how to micropipette. but never in such detail.
and there is SO MUCH detail.
i think i am going to have to work my ass off for this class.
i wish there was more time in the day to do things.
it's really a shame that sleep is a required activity.
because, really. on tues/thurs i have class from 8-12. then 1245-3. then 445-7. then i have... 2 hours to eat, shower, chores, thumb twiddling. two hours to read/respond emails and twitters (i haven't even turned on my phone in several days)/laulima. then i need two hours to do chem problems. two hours to study immunology and take notes. two hours to do mlt homework. then i need two more hours to study specifically for upcoming quizzes. even if i decide not to go to photo lab (go home at 3pm) then i just end up using the time to do moar studying- specifically making flashcards and reviewing notes.
i never spent so much time studying in my life! this is how i studied for the ap exams. but the ap exams were only one day!
i guess i really have no right to complain- if only i actually passed chem 162 (with a C! i had a D.) in the summer then i'd have so much more time! and no pain no gain, right?
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