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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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crossbonesdj
Dec. 14th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
For me, I always found it easier to study away from home (ie away from TV/Music, etc). Maybe a quiet spot in a local library?

Also, don't study for hours and hours in one day and then nothing the next - make it a routine you can stick to. Flash cards are great and can be used on the way to things/waiting (ie the metro, waiting in line, etc)
fenriss
Dec. 14th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
Library is an excellent idea. I might try going to Arlington Central after work, and asking Eric to pick me up there later in the evening.

And I think you are spot on about routine. It's easy for me to fall into the "5 hours one day, then nothing for a week" trap.

Oh... and we should figure out an evening for a casual massage party, if you guys are still up for that. Maybe early January?
crossbonesdj
Dec. 14th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
Right now, my schedule is open in January. I'll check with the house and we can go from there!
taschoene
Dec. 14th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
If you start studying at Arlington Central Library and don't stop by at least once, I will get cross. (See that big white building across the street -- that's mine.)
fenriss
Dec. 14th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
Kewl! When you you usually home?
taschoene
Dec. 14th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
Six o'clock or so most days, unless I'm in class.

underfiend
Dec. 14th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
I second those notations.
fenriss
Dec. 14th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks (love that icon!)

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