The Battleplan: Start.
How I spend my next 30 hours is extremely crucial — it is critical that I manage my time efficiently before and during my proficiency test this Saturday, Oct 20th. The test will assess the subjects (particularly mathematics) that I’ve been self studying for the past few months. The content on the test may be easier to take for a lot of standard students, but as a homeschooler, it was far from effortless to relearn everything. I started out with a review of basic math & algebra in June, and have now finally worked my way up early Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. I am going to make myself proud because I’ve come a long way in kicking ass. The past two weeks was intensive because I did almost a full 4-year review of math, studying about 40+ hours this week alone. With that said, thisis a detailed schedule I’ve outlined so far. This is how my next two days will go. Good luck to anyone else taking the CHSPE (will be tagging despite its obscurity):
- Get at least 7.5 hours of sleep and prepare to wake up early tomorrow. Try to reflect on the quadratic functions that you have learned today and plan what you will do tomorrow.
- Log out and change passwords temporarily for tumblr (all accounts), skype, facebook, to avoid all and any potential distractions (as soon as this entry is posted). Shut down all social networks for at least a day, especially if it is accessible by phone. Turn off all sounds for phone & text notifications.
Tomorrow / The Last Day: (10/19)
- Wake up at 6-7 am, test to see if the soundscapes app can wake you up naturally. Prepare to depart house with sister at around 8am, expect delays depending on how fast you can act.
- At 8AM: Travel to your test location (which is a public high school) to take note of the area and which bus line to use. Go to a nearby cafe to sit down and study with 10 minute breaks in between.
- Review on your weakest areas which includes: word problems (distance, ages of 2+ people, work problems with 3+ people), permutations and combinations, linear functions: solve by graph, surface area and volume (light review), then quadratic function. CREATE NOTES OF FORMULAS. (including self-made ones)
- Do not learn any new material; if new material is necessary then keep it light and relevant. Being too thorough is not necessary and can bring harm.
- Overstudying is prohibited. Studying will cease at 6 - 8PM. Wrap it up before dark and sleep at 9PM. Prepare ALL MATERIALS IN BACKPACK BEFOREHAND — pencils, erasers, photo ID, admission, trail mix granola bar,an apple, energy drinks, etc.
10/20 MORNING (Before Testing)
- Wake up at 5AM.
- Drink either half a shot of the super energy drink or red bull. Listen to binaural beats for at least a hour from 5AM to 6AM. On the bus (1 hr transportation), do a quick but comprehensive review of what you’ve done. Read your self-made notes and create ridiculous mnemonics.
10/20 TESTING 8AM- 11:30AM PST
- You know what to do.
- Just try not to shit your pants.*
- * Please no bladder issues on this day. 8(
- Optional - words to use for essay-writing: “tomfoolery,” “vindictive,” “uncanny,” “boisterous,” “blasphemy,” “perhaps,” “piqued” They’re silly. I like it.
AFTERMATH (sobs really looking forward to this one):
- Eat something delicious for lunch
- And spend the whole day tumblr-ing, I have about 1000 posts / a whole week on Enoqi to catch up on. Oh god… the thought itself is a little horrifying, but oh well. I like art.
- Spazz and purchase Epik High’s new album
- Watch the newest episode of Sword Art Online :D
- One / two day break before kicking back into action with music and poetry and great things like that! Begin 3 month “creative self improvement” period. Possibly more information about this later — it is an intensive self improvement plan until the end of the year.
That’s pretty much it. I don’t really have any notes left. I prepared as much I could for the test, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t prepare for the possibility of having to re-take it again in the spring. The test is important to me in the way that it’s a huge thank you
nope not really to the people who’s considered me incompetent. Stereotypes can often harm others, and the assumption that every Asian must be gloriously and virtuously skilled with mathematics is ridiculous. Thankfully, I’ve learned enough to understand it, and really appreciate that I could see math in a sort of new light.
Overall, I hope to come back here feeling like a champion and writing “everything went better than expected.”
Anyway, good night & the plan will now be rolling in action. (Then again, it always has been, hasn’t it.) Thanks for the support, guys. ^_^