Monday, January 23, 2017

A New Procedure

The current master's course I'm taking--my last one ever!--doesn't have abstract algebra as a prerequisite, but it should.  Terms and ideas are tossed around so casually with the obvious assumption that the students understand. 

I was an applied math major.  Until this master's program I'd never taken a math history course or an abstract algebra course.  I'm feeling a bit behind the 8 ball.

My alarm goes off at 5:00 each morning, but I don't really need to be out of bed until 6.  I set the alarm so early so I have plenty of time to wake up and to get on my elliptical trainer.  I can't help being old, I can help being fat.

But I don't.  I just lie in bed till 6 am and then get up.

I try to spend 90 min a day on my master's course--but then I also have to study for the cumulative final exam which covers 6 of the 10 courses I've taken over the past 5 years.  That's a lot of time per day.  It just is.

This morning, though, I hit upon the idea of getting up before 6 and putting in some studying for the cumulative exam.  Even at just 15-20 min per day, I should have an excellent review completed by the time the exam rolls around in April!  While I'm a fat lazy slug and can't motivate myself to get out of bed to exercise, I should be quite able to motivate myself to get out of bed to study.

So that's my new plan.


Mrs. Widget said...

Good plan. Now what happens if you don't do it.

Darren said...

I don't want to go there yet. I want to execute this good plan.

Mike Thiac said...

No plan survives initial contact! :<)

In all seriousness, when do you see getting your masters?

Darren said...

This May, if I pass this course *and* the cumulative exam for the entire program.

I've followed my plan 2 days in a row now :)

Pseudotsuga said...

Good luck!
Have any backup motivators to help you follow through?
It's tough to meet the demands of higher ed coursework while making a living in the real world.

Darren said...

3 days in a row! This morning I got so "in the zone" that I went over time and had to cut a few minutes from shower time.