2009年2月4日水曜日

特別進学計画

March 1st will be my birthday. Incidentally, March 1st 2010 will be the end of my 18 month Japanese run where I'll hopefully be fluent. Not only that, but shortly thereafter I will get my 2 year degree. At the end of this 18 month trial I want to go to Japan, get accepted into a good college, and pursue study in the subjects I'm truly interested in.

Here are the subjects I've determined I'll need to be well versed in by the end of that year:

Biology
Chemistry
Organic chemistry
Algebra
Calculus
Physics

Just by looking at this list, if I want to accomplish this in a year I'm going to have to be extremely organized and disciplined. To facilitate this, I'm going to have make my body and mind work its best. That means I'll be incorporating the following:

I'll become an early riser. I'm going to aim at getting up everyday at seven o'clock every morning, eating a healthy breakfast (along with some Anki reps), and exercising.

For exercising I don't plan on doing anything more than a simple walk, at least at first. When my pool is warm enough to swim in, I'll go swimming every morning instead.

I hope to have a slightly better diet. I consider my diet now to be far better than most Americans, but it could still use some improvement. I'll try a thirty day challenge removing red meat from my diet. Fish and chicken are OK (I've never really eaten fish, but I want to start, see what it's like).

Kill the forum. I'm going to completely stop visiting the kanji.koohii.com forum for thirty days. It's a total and complete waste of time. Plus I can't stand the negativity there.

Scheduling. I'm going to have to make sure I have some way of making sure I do a daily amount of studying. At first I considered treating it the same way as it would in school by studying in blocked amounts of time everyday, but that has never worked before and I don't see any reason for it to work now. Instead I'm going to go for a much more liberal policy. What I'll do is instead organize it something like this:

Chemistry textbook
Math practice
Biology textbook

Where I'll have all the subjects I'm working on listed, and in a given day I'll only have to work on two of them each day. And for each subject I'll only hold myself obligated to 30 (timeboxed) minutes a day. After I've completed my obligatory 30 minutes, I can continue working on the subject as long as I want until I don't feel like it. This allows me to prevent burnout and procrastination. I figure that doing 30 minutes a day is much better then procrastinating and accomplishing only an hour a week.

Keep in mind that this is not going to be kept in my mind. I have a whiteboard that I hung up in my working area with thirty checkboxs for my challenges, and the details of everything I'm working on and to track my progress.

To be honest, I don't think I could do this, college, and Japanese without my favorite program, Anki. This program really is amazing. It basically ensures that I don't forget what I learn. I put everything in there, and I can reduce the time I spend memorizing and worrying about if I learned something enough. One thing I'm going to have to stop is waiting until right before bed to do my reps. Right now I'm in the habit of doing it the last hour before bed. This is bad because if I don't finish in an hour, I stay up later taking longer from drowsiness to finish it. It's also bad because doing challenging mental tasks right before bed is probably inefficient for review, and also doesn't help when I want to sleep.

So I have four thirty day challenges I'm undertaking tomorrow: morning routine, cut out meat/eat fish, kill forum, study everyday. On top of this, I'll be maintaining a Japanese immersion environment, life, college, etc. Fun!

(It's とくべつしんがくけいかく)

4 件のコメント:

  1. Four 30-day challenges at once is pretty intense. 頑張ってよ. When I tried stuff like that I found I didn't have the self-discipline for it. Self-discipline's like a muscle, and these challenges are like dumbbells. So when my discipline gave in and I couldn't go on, I just let it rest awhile and started again, with stronger muscle. As for college, it'll be a breeze for someone as smart as you.

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  2. Are you studying these subjects from Japanese textbooks?

    The diet goal will help your early rising goal. When I made a conscious effort to eat more fruit and vegetables I naturally cut an hour off my morning wakeup time (my diet was already good). Google green smoothies.

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  3. I've been doing something pretty similar that I started about 2 weeks ago although I haven't set a 30 day period just going to go for as long as I can hopefully for good, I've started working out with weights at least 3-4 times a week already put some weight on as I'm slightly under weight, eating much healthier lots of fish/veg etc cutting out junk food which I already feel better for and keeping up with the Japanese hopefully its not too much at once :D

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  4. For those sorts of subjects, I've found that the equivalent strategy to sentences is working out problems. And you can put these straight into Anki. I can give you some textbook recommendations too: Haliday, Resnick, & Krane for general physics, Silberberg for general chem, and Larson for Calculus. Not sure if you can find these in Japanese... let us know if you do!

    ps: it's best to do these simultaneously. do a chapter from each book, or something like that, starting with math. good luck!

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