AM workout: 32 minutes elliptical
PM workout: 1 hour 20 min elliptical, 20 minutes bike
I was a little hesitant to post my workout, because it sounds crazy, but before y’all jump to any conclusions, let me explain again:
-I set three goals for myself study-wise yesterday evening when working out: to get through two lectures from a certain topic and to review some flashcards and notes from another topic. The first lecture was 20 minutes, the second an hour (which I did not realize until I was already working out), which I watched while on the elliptical, and since it’s hard to read while bobbing up and down on the elliptical, I spend the last 20 minutes on the bike reviewing the written notes and digital flashcards I had planned.
-I focus better when working out lightly
-doing a 40 minute tempo run would’ve been way harder than my entire workout combined yesterday. I am not working out at a high intensity.
Just a little over a month until I don’t have to spend every free moment studying! Actually, to be exact:
A few thoughts on boards studying:
-A common sentiment that both my colleagues and I have expressed is how frustrating it’s been trying to study multiple subjects for this exam.
We’re responsible for images, facts and managements for disease processes and findings seen on….
-CT (aka CAT scans to the general public)
-nuclear medicine studies
We’re responsible for knowing about disease processes and imaging findings related to…
-gastrointenstinal (stomach, liver, pancreas, small bowel, colon)
-Gentiurinary (kidneys, urinary tract, testicular/ovarian processes)
-pediatric findings (which encompasses all of the above)
We are responsible for understanding the physics behind…
That’s a lot! And what’s so frustrating is that we will spend a lot of time studying one subject, move onto a another subject, and then feel like we forgot all about the last subject. I studied MRI physics over a month ago and had to go over everything again over the past few days, as I felt like I had forgotten at all.
I think one thing that has been a lesson to me over this whole process is that what is needed is repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition. You will not get it all the first time. It takes going over material MULTIPLE times to get it to stick. Getting used to that has not been easy for me, though. I am one of those persons who wants to get it all the first time. I dissect and want to understand and have mastered every detail before moving on. If I did that, though, I would never get through the material I need to get through! It’s like running a marathon….it takes multiple training runs to successfully complete a marathon, some of which are really shi%$y, but you force yourself through it, and when it’s a crappy workout, you move on and re-attack it the next day.
With radiology, there is just so much DENSE stuff to learn, so I’ve had to learn and accept to be patient with myself, not to get frustrated during the bad “workouts”, move on, and then go back later and just keep going over, and over, and over stuff. This is actually why I find studying while working out so beneficial for me: it forces me to keep going over material, to keep reading over my notes, to keep reviewing my flashcards, to continue watching online review lectures.
Another thing I’ve learned (or re-realized) about this whole boards studying process is that there is actually a lot of time to study during moments throughout the day that you normally wouldn’t think to study. I have hundreds and hundreds of digital flashcards I’ve created over the years. I make them on Quizlet.com and then download them to the Flachardlet app on my phone and Ipad. It makes studying really easy, because I can be, say, waiting in a long line at the grocery store or airport….instead of just standing there doing nothing, I can review a few of my flashcards on my phone. Similarly, when getting ready in the morning, instead of just putting on my makeup to silence, I can play a lecture in the background and review stuff while getting ready.
Using one’s time wisely is all about being organized, recognizing the moments where you can squeeze something in here and there, and not compartmentalizing your day.
Now, I’m not always this obsessive about using each and every free second to study, but there’s a lot to learn, and I still want time to make my friends weddings and spend time with Dean, so I NEED to spend the moments I have available to me wisely (leaving for Colorado TODAY!!!)
On a lighter note, Dean picked up his new bike last night:
We now have not one, not two, not three, but FOUR bikes hanging around in our apartment: Dean’s mountain bike, Dean’s old road/hybrid bike, my hybrid bike, and his new road bike. Ughh