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An Ode to Exams (2nd Trimester)

by on February 22, 2013

Eight hours of sleep?
Let’s try six.
Could be studying.

Lecture’s going slow, I could draw some mindless doodles.
Or break out notes from our next class’s test!
No time to lose, could be studying.

A morning filled with labs, now finally a lunch break!
Would you like fries with that textbook? Essays a la carte?
Who needs food when you could be studying?

Hour-long workout to offset an eternity of sitting?
Better name the innervation to those muscles.
Or just stay home. Could be studying.

Going out on Friday to release the stress of the week?
You mean you won’t be fast asleep? Well, you know…
You could be studying.

The girlfriend is free and coming to visit!
What, today? Where will she stay?
I can’t entertain, I’m studying.

That concludes this sad bit of prose,
Now I’m off,
I should have been studying.

In other news, it occurs to me that I have not yet shown off the schedule for Trimester 2 students like myself:

  • Gross Anatomy II (with cadaver lab) – 5 credits, 7 hours per week
  • Neuroscience II (with cadaver lab) – 5 credits, 6 hr/wk
  • Systems Physiology – 5 credits, 5 hr/wk
  • Chiropractic Technique III (with practical lab) – 4 credits, 6 hr/wk
  • Biochemistry of Nutrition & Metabolism – 2 credits, 2 hr/wk
  • Issues in Chiropractic Research – 1 credit, 1 hr/wk
  • Spinal Radiology – o.5 credits, 1 hr/wk

That totals to 22.5 credits, and 28 hours spent in lectures and labs each week. On non-exam weeks, I also generally head to the gym for an hour Monday, Wednesday and Friday, plus add a group track workout on Thursday. On weekdays, the balance of the remaining time is all spent studying to keep up with ongoing material and quizzes. It sounds like a lot, but it’s a whole lot worse to try to play catch-up, so putting in the time daily really pays off.

Each of the classes mentioned has a final exam and at least one midterm exam, with separate exams for labs. Therefore, during exam weeks, non-studying activities become optional, as you may have heard. And blog posts become slightly more delirious… and prone to prose.

Now if you don’t mind, if I move now I can be in bed by midnight!

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  1. Dr Maggio permalink

    It gets better. The first yr was by far the hardest but once ur through 5th tri the constant need to study dwindles quickly because u will finally have a complete understanding of the human body and all it’s complexities. I’m only in my second year of practice but that all seems so long ago. Enjoy learning, eat well, and keep up on exercise. U will get through the constant need to study!

    • That is so good to hear. As an update, exams went pretty well, though this Neuro lecture midterm may have been one of my hardest exams ever. Hey, so now that you’re practicing, Dr. Maggio, any recommendations for us students that you would have liked to know sooner while you were here?

  2. Brittney Buckland permalink

    Sounds like a crazy schedule. I may not have the same amount of work as you but fitting it in with working 40 hours is probably on the same level. As an undergrad the graduate students I had in my mixed level classes always had large cups of coffee and said “you sleep when you’re dead.” Sad to say it, but I think it’s true!

    • Oh, I have no doubt! Working and taking classes sounds exhausting. Not to mention taking classes and raising children, or working on multiple doctorates, both pursuits of some of my classmates.

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