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.