Sunday, June 1, 2008

PANCE Fever: Boogie Woogie Woogie

Ah, yes, PANCE fever... I could also include PANCE indigestion, PANCE attention deficit disorder, and PANCE tension headache (Oh Sven, Swedish masseuse of my dreams, where are you??). I have less than three weeks before the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE). The pressure is on!! I have been studying for a while, but of course it is now becoming more intense. I've been working on my focus for long blocks of time to prepare for the 6 hour test ahead. My social contact is decreasing. There are some things that are helping me get through this.

One has to do with finding a good study spot. If there's no one around and watching TV, there's a spot I like to study as recommended by my cat (cats know the best spots). It's the carpet of the living room where the sun comes in and leaves a warm sunny spot that moves throughout the morning. Studying on the floor has an advantage because it is harder to fall asleep.

I do have to take an occasional break once in a while. One of my favorite things to do is play peek-a-boo on the stairs with my nephew.

Hopefully exposure to study materials is not a health hazard and will not be considered a form of child abuse.

He flew back to Alabama today and I'll miss him, especially his goofy expressions. I could always use a laugh.

Most people have heard that listening to music is a good study technique; what I have found to be helpful and enjoyable listening to an Icelandic group called Sigur Ros. I find their music to be very beautiful and mind-stimulating. Plus, it is easier to not be distracted when I don't know the words. I have learned that it is still possible to get their songs stuck in my head, so the best I can do is a fake - falsetto-Icelandic rendition. I think it would be hilarious to try to make anyone do this at a social gathering. There's a few samples of their music below.

Well, on to more studying... heart murmurs, pharm, and arrythmias are calling me. Until next time...


Nilla said...

A 6-hour test!? Good luck with that... That would have been reason enough for me to not even begin the program (I'm such a lazy loser sometimes ;)). You are a trooper!

I can't believe B&B are gone again already! Was that really 3 weeks? Wow! Time flies!

Anyway, in all seriousness... Best of luck on that huge test. I am sure you will do great, as you seem to be quite studious and dedicated ;). Look forward to hearing how it went!

Andria said...

Hello Macanuda!!! Love your blog! Congrats on graduating! And good luck with the PANCE, or however it's spelled! I too am studying for the CPA I understand your pain. At least your test is over in one day. Mine is spread out over months and months. :( andria shaw carnell