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A Plea for Study Help/Advice

I feel like I've lost the last 2 months to the process of getting my head meds sorted out. The panic attacks of Wellbutrin have now given way to the 5:30 AM wake-up call of Prozac. At least I know that in a week or so, I'll be back on my usual sleep schedule. Prozac and I are old, if somewhat quarrelsome, friends. I may lose my libido, and have a harder time losing weight, but at least I know it will not pull any funny stuff on me.

Now, to focus on the Massage Cert. Ugh. Judging by the numerous study guides I've got, there are going to be lots of questions on lots of topics we barely touched on in school. I need to know a ton about Chinese Medicine, hydrotherapy, macro and micronutrients of all sorts… all things I'm not actually allowed to meddle with when I have a practice. It makes no sense!

I know that many of you fine folks have a lot more formal education that I do. Can you offer any study advice? I have gone and purchased my own weight in study guides, anatomy books, flashcards, etc., but I'm kind of at a loss for study infrastructure if you follow me.

Do you find it's helpful to sit at a desk with few distracting items in view? What time of day works best? Can you point me to any references (books, sites, whatever) on study procedures that you have found helpful? It feels like I'm terribly out of practice. Any thoughts you might have will be of immeasurable value to me!

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lizaboo
Dec. 14th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
i used to read in the peacock room at the freer. not only was it soothing, but i couldn't get up and check my email or lie down and take a nap or whatever while i was there.

also, i found that i learned something best when i explained it to someone else. that's still how i prepare lectures for class.
fenriss
Dec. 14th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Freer. Gotcha. Just need to remember not to bring the laptop, or it'll defeat the purpose.

Also, I plan to bend E's ear a whole lot about the stuff I'm reading, so that should help. Thanks very much.
tafkarfanfic
Dec. 14th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
You could explain stuff to me, on the phone.

Everyone's learning style is different. While I was at school, I had my "study chair", which was the chair I sat in while I was doing schoolwork. Something about having that space delineated as "schoolwork space", even though it was just a chair and a bit of space on the floor, helped me get in the right headspace.

Beyond that, I honestly have no study advice. I've been told of late that I have some degree of eidetic memory - which is why all I need to do is read something a couple of times. I don't think this works for everyone, by any stretch.

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