And as an FYI, I'm a first year in a biomedical sciences PhD program.
I graduated in 2001 and have done the work thing since then. I've been quite comfortable the past few years doing the work thing during the day and then going home to do my own thing (yoga, maintaining my spiritual health, cooking good meals, harassing the cat, etc).
I was never great at studying (a problem I "blame" on high school being too easy, and being able to float by with B's with minimal studying in undergrad). I love to read, but I've never been on great at reading for content. Some of it I remember and understand, which is great, but I'd say more of it I either don't remember or don't understand. I'm pretty sure I don't have a learning disability. But I do know I learn better through pictures and/or tactile stuff.
I'd like to say that I need suggestions on how to get 'back into studying', but really I need suggestions on how to get into it in general. I'm interested in the classes I have to take this semester. I'm interested in the lab I'm currently rotating in. And I KNOW that my current reading load is REALLY light, I'm just having a hard time actually getting it done and getting something out of it other than just reading words on a page.
Is it sad that tonight I procrastinated by washing my dishes? (watching The Daily Show on hulu.com I'll admit was pure procrastination)
I want to do well. I want to get my work done. I want to understand what the hell it is I'm doing and not fall behind quickly (which is what I can already see happening as I didn't finish my readings for today until this morning before class).
I hope my question makes some sense as I'm at a loss on how else to even ask it.