Monday is our only immunology test/final. The grades “will not be recorded” and “are not official”, but word of mouth says that anyone who fails could still get called in to talk to the Dean. (Although I wonder if this is less “anyone who fails” and more like “anyone who ended up with a 25%, clearly having just picked random answers“.)
My strategy has been to get a solid understanding of the main ideas, but mostly ditch the class notes to study for Step 1 instead. (That’s what “unofficial test” means, right? “Just study for boards”? I’m guessing blindly here.)
So I listen to the lectures for the main idea, then only study/memorize the parts that First Aid mentions. For me, this means I get to spend tons of time on microbiology and feel “caught up” and fulfilled, without necessarily having to know that there are 7 beta-sheets in an Ig molecule.
Of course, I actually do know that now, but that’s only because of the following conversation:
Me: How bad can it be? 2 questions per lecture, they’re not gonna be asking us whether immunoglobulins have 3 vs 4 alpha-helices, you know?
Amy: Hahaha, that would be hilarious! “Alpha-helices.” Hah.
Me: .. Wait, what?
Amy: … it’s funny, right? Because there’s actually 7 beta-pleated sheets?
Me: Uh, I’ve changed my mind. Suddenly I can see how the test could be kind of hard.
So after getting killed on tons of detail questions at our study group tonight (number of amino acids in peptides? Really?), I’ve resigned myself to cramming tomorrow – just in case. I have no idea if I should have been doing more from the start – I mean, I’m pretty satisfied with just being able to answer most of the USMLE practice questions Boyfriend sent me – but.. I just really suck at everything involving subunits, 2nd messengers, and CCLXs.
If this test really doesn’t count, I’ll have saved a lot of time and stress by being crazy on top of microbiology. And if this test does count… well, I guess I’ll learn a valuable life lesson about trying to take shortcuts?