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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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_blackjack_
Dec. 14th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
Um, how can they ask questions about Chinese "medicine" when it is just made up anyway? It's not like they can prove that the qi DOESN'T flow the way you say it does.
fenriss
Dec. 14th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
And you are asking me this, why? I agree that it's irrelevant to my field of practice. That's why it irritates me so, that I am required to know it.
_blackjack_
Dec. 14th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'm more asking you this, how? As in, how do they determine what the "right" answers are for something that is non-empirical? If you were to fail your exam because you didn't give the "right" answers, I'd say you'd have pretty good pretty good grounds for a lawsuit...
fenriss
Dec. 14th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
There are agreed upon locations for the meridians, etc, that can be gleaned from various books. I'm really not up for taking the massage industry to court, so I shall grin and bear it.

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