I have a physiology exam on Thursday evening that I am in no way even close to prepared for. We covered most of the endocrine system in a lecture and then all of reproduction during the next. Our professor pointed to a couple of excruciatingly detailed charts about hormones, feedback, and glands and then clicked through saying “Just make sure you know everything on these few pages”. Apparently, in some contexts, a “few” can equal “forty”. Lovely.
That said, I’m really glad that I decided to postpone my MCAT until next September. All of the material that we’re covering in physiology is mentioned in the ExamKrackers review books and at about the same level, so I’m trying to think ahead to the exam and make notecards for reviewing important concepts (e.g., the differences in the mechanisms for release of hormones from the anterior and posterior pituitary glands). Plus, if the review books are to be believed, you pretty much have to know all of the major hormones and their actions for the exam.
Anyway, back to studying. We should be getting our second biochemistry exam back tomorrow or Thursday and I think I did pretty well – was shooting for something north of a 95. 25% of our grade comes from a final presentation, which we have to do in groups. My group consists of a couple other individuals with questionable work ethics, so I’m a little worried about missing the cutoff for an A.
Anyway, back to learning about hormones.