Today was my first “long” day of organic chemistry. I am so glad that I went through the Khan Academy lectures for organic chemistry because they helped me so much. We had 4.5 hours of lecture since our lab time was used to go over nomenclature instead of beginning our lab work. I felt like I kept up pretty good. We are down to 8 students now, and it will be interesting to see who stays and who doesn’t. All the chemistry review that I have done over the last couple of weeks has really been paying off in the classroom.
It was D3′s first day of swimming. We didn’t make it past the YMCA’s doors, and we had to turn around. I couldn’t go any further with D2 having a melt down in the lobby. Hopefully, D3 will have a good “first” day of swim lessons next week instead.
“Who is Frau Aufbau?” D1 asked the other day. We were obviously listening to EK Audio Osmosis in the car (if you have listened to these CDs, you know what I am talking about). So I told him, “It’s not a person. It’s when electrons are added to the shell with the lowest energy first.” D1 then asked, “Do electrons hurt people?” “Yeah sometimes,” I replied.
Working 12+ hour shifts daily is not conducive at all for MCAT studying. I’m currently almost done with EK Lecture 2 which covers gases and kinetics. I’ve been trying to get ahead in my organic chemistry class, so I’ve been spending a lot of time reading my organic chemistry book. Thankfully, a lot of my EK review material overlaps with the things that we are currently doing in organic chemistry.
Things are starting to “click” more, and I’m slowly getting into the groove of what the MCAT expects. I’m inspired by those on SDN who are getting high 30s; they are amazing! There have been a lot of changes lately with starting daycare, picking up an extra job, children who are always learning creative ways to get into things that they shouldn’t, constant volunteering opportunites, starting swimming again, and my kids starting swimming lessons this week. Considering everything, I’m probably going at the studying pace that should be expected for me at this stage in my life.
This week, I’m skipping to EK chapter 6: Acids and Bases since we are going to be reviewing all of these concepts over the next week in organic chemistry anyway. The five month mark until the end of January MCAT dates is now here. I have five months to prepare if I want to take the MCAT “early” so I can apply to some local special master’s programs in my area.
Today was my first day back to school and my kids’ second day of daycare. I didn’t swim today because I still have a headache, and the goggles make everything worse. D2 had a hard time again when I left. D1, however, didn’t even say good bye. He was busy playing with his new friends. D3 looked a little scared, and she is actually the one that I hope makes it through today okay.
I took notes in a beginning math class. This is actually a great class for me to sit in on since I tend to rely on my calculator a little too much. Hopefully, this class will help me strengthen my basic mathematical skills. The girl who I was taking notes for, wasn’t there the first day. I hope that she didn’t drop the class.
Organic chemistry went well. I like my teacher, and I love her enthusiasm for the students! She is also very blunt, which is good. The class is small (9 students), and I know about half of them from last year. There is even a girl who wants to become a nurse-midwife in my class! How cool is that? Hopefully, we can talk later on about women’s health issues. I am also glad that I have been doing chemistry content review. Our notes are like the first chapter from Examkrackers: Chemistry. I am also taking notes for a student in that class, and it was difficult because sometimes I just wanted to listen. However, there is nothing like taking notes in a class for pay that you have to take anyway! I’m finally doing it….taking organic chemistry!!!!!
Right now, I’m going to do some homework. I need to pick up some toilet paper at the store. I can’t believe that we already ran out! My kids like to use the toilet paper to make roads for the cars. Then I get to pick up my children. I want to do this right now, but I want to know how they will do with a “longer” day. Can you tell that I’m freaking out? It’s so hard not to have my kids right near with me or at least with family who probably takes better care of them than I do!
I got through chapter one of Examkrackers: Chemistry, and I took my first “in-class test.” I did well and got a “13″ on that section, but I know it is just because I really studied that chapter before I took the test. It looks like the rest of the book is mostly review from chemistry II, so that is the good news. There will be no more trying to remember things from ten years ago. I’ve been using notecards for some content review. These help for, when in the day, I have a few moments to go through them. When I swim, I try to think about those cards and the the answers to them. In a way, it’s kind of like the hat trick that is talked about on SDN. I’m now halfway through Lecture 2: Gases and Kinetics. I haven’t really looked at my TBR chemistry book. When I’m done with the EK books, I’ll focus more on the meat (TBR) of my exam preparation materials.
Everyone survived a first day at daycare yesterday -even the daycare workers! It was hard to leave my kids, and I definitely felt like a horrible parent. They had a blast, though, and my oldest keeps asking if he can go back. They are a hoot there at this daycare place which is associated with my hospital, and the rumor on the street is that they like to spoil the children rotten! Tomorrow is actually the first day of school at my other college, so that will be the first “real” day of everything being, well real.