Glitch In The System

I just got off the phone with SSgt H.  He said to not come in on Tuesday 2013APR2 for the ASVAB.  There is, for some reason, a glitch in the system with my name.  He believes it’s very likely that it’s caused from the request for the documents from the MEPS in Indianapolis.  He’s hoping to get it resolved by the 9th so that I can take it then.

I also don’t believe it’ll be likely for me to take the test at the ed center on post, which I understand.  It’s not in the system as a possible testing site and it’s run by the Army, not MEPS.  And the people that proctor the tests and the sites are employees of MEPS, not the Army. I’m just glad they seem to be doing what they can to get me able to test and aren’t making me come in next week only to find out I cannot test and go through the same thing as the past two weeks.

I am honestly glad that I did get more time to study.  Two weeks ago I was worried and stressing out because I didn’t feel prepared.  I had only had two weeks at that point to refresh myself on the math sections and that isn’t really enough time to let all that information sink in once again and have it memorized.

I have the ASVAB For Dummies book, and I’ve made myself flash cards.  In my previous ASVAB related posts, I’ve also found websites that can help me with my studies.  I feel like I have to get as close to, or better than, the 83 that I got in 2008.  I definitely owe it to myself to score as high as I can with these chances to study more.

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ASVAB – Mathematics Knowledge & Arithmetic Reasoning

I mentioned before that I would be taking the ASVAB on Tuesday.  However similar (almost identical) to the previous week, I was unable to take it.  Last week a recruiter said he’d call me before the day of testing to confirm that the projection was successful.  Which he did.  So I woke up at 0500, get there by 0730 and again sign the document for the ASVAB.  However unlike last week, the recruiter (different than the previous week) looked at the roster that the 1Sgt (by the way, apparently he emails it to the office the day of the test… but I guess the last recruiter didn’t get it or didn’t look?) and did not see my name on the roster to take the ASVAB even though the projection went through in their system.  He said I could go to the testing site but the chances of me actually taking the test that day would have been 5% and then would have to stick around with the recruiter for 3 hours until the other three finished.  I opted to try again next week.  I joked that maybe the third time’s a charm.

Therefore, five days from today I hopefully will be finally taking the ASVAB.  Four days of studying.  I found a few random websites to hopefully aid in my studies.

Everything You Need To Know About Fractions

Decimals

Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages

Math Word Problems

I view this as the Universe saying I better get a pretty awesome score with all these extended chances to study.  But I also hope that I get to take it soon and move on to the next step!

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ASVAB – General Science

I’m a visual/hands-on learner.  So while reading through the General Science section of the ASVAB For Dummies (AFD) book, I decided to look up the charts about what I was reading about.  There is way too much to memorize in the subject that even though I hope to do well so that I can get a MOS that I would enjoy, I’m not all that worried.  I’m hoping a lot of it comes back to me when taking the test.  And if not, then I’ll be making a lot of educated guesses!

Types of Clouds

Types of Clouds

Layers of the Earth

Layers of the Earth

Animal Cell

Animal Cell

Plant Cell

Plant Cell

Scientific Method

Scientific Method

Classification of a Grizzly bear using Linnaeus's System of Classification

Classification of a Grizzly bear using Linnaeus’s System of Classification

 

Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species = King Phillip Came Over For Great Spaghetti

According to the AFD book, you need to know these three units of measurement (hooray for the metric system): meter (m) is the unit of length, liter (L) is the unit of volume, and gram (g) is the unit of mass.

temperature_convI know I learned how to convert temperatures from one scale to another but I saw the formulas and barely recognized them.  Another thing the AFD book says to commit to memory. So here you go:

To convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit:

F= 9/5C + 32

To convert from Fahrenheit to Celsius:

C= 5/9(F-32)

And I’m really hoping there’s nothing on the Kelvin scale but here it is anyway:

K= C + 273.15

To go from kelvins to Celsius, subtract 273.15 from the kelvin temperature.  (I don’t think I’ll be memorizing this before Tuesday!)

I should be able to make educated guesses on a  lot of the other parts of this subtest.  A lot has to do with vocab and root words.  And a lot of it is common knowledge.  There’s also a lot more to this chapter in the AFD book but this is what I felt I needed to see visually.

Credits for Images:

Layers of the Earth, Animal Cell, and Types of Clouds

Plant Cell

Scientific Method

System of Classification

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Workout Log (7)

For today’s workout I decided to go ahead and do another PT test.  C thinks I should start doing it once a week to see how I improve.  I’ll probably aim to do that since it will force me to run 2 miles more often than what I’ve been doing.  To pass the pt test, I need to get at least a 60 in each section giving me a score of 180.  But even though today’s score came out to be 189, since I failed the sit ups, I still failed the overall test.  Didn’t know that before but good to know.

mapmyrunI improved my push up score by two since the last time (28).  My sit ups decreased at 44 (I really need to just do sit ups every day).  And for my 2 mile run, I went to the track instead of running through the neighborhood.  I liked it because I was able to zone out and not worry about hills or crossing streets.  I’m glad that my run did improve (mostly because I didn’t have to deal with the incline and hills that I have to deal with on my normal route.  I lost track of how many laps I completed and went a little over 2 miles.  I completed my 2 mile at 19:28.  That’s 3 minutes off from the last test!

The rest of the day I’ll spend studying for the ASVAB.  I take it on Tuesday so I’m hoping that I’m as prepared as I can possibly be.  Wish me luck!  I’m not completely sure what MOS I want but once I know my scores, I should have a better idea as to what jobs I qualify for and taking time to learn about the ones that interest me the most.

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An “Off” Day

Today was supposed to be a lift heavy day.  I started to warm up with push ups but my heart wasn’t in it.  It’s not like I’d have to get dressed, get in the car and drive to the gym.  We have all the required weights in the garage.  Which is probably 20-25 feet from the back of the house.  I definitely wouldn’t call this a rest day since it wasn’t planned… more like an “off” day.  I just felt off.  It’s okay because I can hit it tomorrow.

It’s frustrating when your body has a mind of its own and there’s nothing you can really do about it.  I’m hoping that a good nights sleep will put me in better spirits tomorrow.  I’ll be happier when C gets back from the field.  My daily routine gets thrown off when he’s gone, including when I go to sleep.  Normally we go to bed around 2100 but while he’s gone, it’s usually not until midnight.  I just see no reason to climb into bed.  I don’t know why I think that way when it’s even more pointless to stay awake so late when you’re alone.  In any case, I haven’t been getting enough sleep, I guess.

Tomorrow I’ll plan to knock out the lifting and use the rest of the day for studying and cleaning the house.  I’ve slowly been working on “thinning the herd” with all the stuff we have accumulated over the year and a half that I’ve been here.  Especially with my stuff.  I’ve been boxing things up and labeling them so as to make the future move (whenever that may be) easier on C since he very well could be doing it alone.   I’m sure if I’m gone at BCT or AIT, his mom would likely come to help him.  But just knowing my stuff is already securely packed away can put my mind at ease and make things easier on whoever has to deal with it.

Even though this is not the most ideal post to be stationed at, there are things I’m going to miss about it.  Many people complain (especially the wives) about this place.  And sometimes I get in a funk and dislike being here, too.  But this will forever and always be the first house my husband and I lived in together.  The weather is hard to complain about most of the year (except when it’s extremely windy or insanely hot).  But I’ve learned to cope with these things.  If I don’t have to, I don’t go out during those times of the day.  I certainly do not miss the winter cold and snow (and slush and rain and ice) of Indiana.  I’ve never been fond of the cold and have acclimated to the temperatures here very quickly.  I visited IN this past December and while everyone else was wearing long sleeves and maybe a vest, I was bundled up in multiple layers, coat, scarf, and gloves.  And that was a relatively warm day for that time of year.  I used to be able to deal with it, but not anymore, apparently.  But you know what, each place is what you make of it, as cliche as that really is.  It’s best to ignore all the bad things you hear about a place (and you will, no matter how great it seems, someone has something to complain about) and explore the place yourself.  Form your own opinions before completely writing it off.  You may find you like it more than you thought you would.

This post kind of surprised me.  I honestly didn’t think I’d have anything to write about since I didn’t actually do much of anything today.  But that’s okay.  You learned a little bit more about me.  Also, I find it amusing that one of the recommended tags is “sleep disorders.”  Pretty sure that’s not what it is, but thanks WordPress… Nice try. couragetogrowup

Studying For The ASVAB

As I said in my first post, it’s been a while since I’ve taken any math classes.  The last math class I took was 2007 Fall semester.  When I took the practice test a little over a week ago, I felt like I was staring at a foreign language during the arithmetic reasoning and mathematics knowledge sections.  So many terms that I couldn’t remember.  All the equations I knew went with certain terms but I couldn’t quite remember exactly how they went.   If I expect to do well, even remotely close to the 83 I got in 2008, I’m definitely going to need to brush up on pretty much all areas of math.

I found a cheat sheet for ASVAB AFQT For Dummies online.  This cheat sheet specifically pertains to the math sections.  It has one tip that I used to do before taking a math test.  Before the test begins, write down on the sheet of scratch paper all the formulas you memorized so you don’t forget during the test.  Before I can even ever do that, I have to re-memorize all of the formulas.

Found a random math problem generator.  You’re able to choose from arithmetic, algebra, and calculus choosing the specific topic within each.  With algebra, you’re able to choose the level of difficulty for each question.  They’re multiple choice questions, like the ASVAB, so that could help you practice.  It took me a moment to figure out how they let you know whether you’ve selected the correct question or not.  If it’s correct, it highlights the answer in green.  If it’s incorrect, it highlights in red.

Third grade scarred me from doing fast addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  Just those short problems.  We were given a sheet of paper filled with addition problems.  Stuff like 6 + 8 and 2 + 2.  Really easy stuff.  You had to fill them out in a short amount of given time.  I forget how long you had to complete them.  Only a couple minutes.  Once you mastered addition, you moved on to subtraction the next day.  If you failed to complete the paper correctly, you had to re-do the type of math problems.  I believe I stopped at multiplication and didn’t progress to division.  I didn’t apply myself to memorize them as I should.  Instead I used my fingers to count from the equation below it that I recognized.  Incredibly ineffective and time consuming.  I’m absolutely sure I cried in class because I was one of a few to still be on multiplication while everyone else was on division.  Therefore, I am going to commit myself to memorizing these simple equations to guarantee that I solve simple math problems to save time and allow me to focus on the harder equations.  Third grade scarred me because to this day, I see math problems, whatever they may be, and my mind instantly closes off and I tell myself that math just isn’t my thing.  It’s never too late to change the way you think and view things, though!  Therefore, I found math flashcards (definitely geared toward elementary students) to practice with.  (You get a star for a correct answer!)

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