May 27, 2009 4:57 PM

Motivation for Summer

As I've mentioned before, this summer I'm basically taking an MCAT review course and studying for the MCAT. The review course doesn't start until June 15th, so I'm trying to do some review by myself. I left most of my study materials at Berkeley because my luggage was already too heavy. I'm going back up to Berkeley on June 5th to get the rest of it while my sister attends her CalSO. I actually weighed my ochem study materials...30 pounds!

I just started reviewing today. I was supposed to start yesterday, but I got lazy. I bow down to those who are taking summer school. I really admire how they can still plow on with courses after the semester just ended. I've only skimmed a couple of chapters from Chem 1A and I fell asleep. I feel like the information's pretty easy, but at the same time, I'm afraid that I'm overconfident and I really don't want to find out that I'm incompetent on the actual MCAT.

Anyways, here are some tips to keep motivated:

Reward yourself: Tell yourself that if you finish studying a certain amount of material, you can relax for a bit and watch a movie with friends or something. Rewards can be smaller, like having a candy bar after an hour of studying.

Plan Ahead: Creating and organizing a study schedule ahead of time can help you focus and keep on track. At least you're being productive by planning out your study schedule.

Take breaks: Studies show that it's the most effective to study for 45 minutes and then take a 15 minute break. Studying for 6 hours straight will just put your brain in a coma, and you won't remember most of what you studied.

Study Place: Choose where you study wisely. The environment where you study should resemble that of your testing site. Also, studying in places where others are studying can help remind you to stay focused.

I guess I should follow my own advice and get back to studying!! Remember to enjoy the summer, though!

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