Hello! So here’s what I learned in my first year in Medical School. Kinda scattered/all over the place but yeah…hope this will help you! ☺️
- It doesn’t matter what your pre-med is. It is true that some courses will give you an “edge” in medschool but honestly it doesn’t. Of course you’ll have a harder time understanding some terms if your premed is not from the “sciences” but aside from that, whatever your course is, you’ll still have a hard time because medicine is a whole new world. (If this even makes sense).
- Have mental breaks.
- Have short acad/study breaks. Study for 1 hr straight then have a 10-minute break. Just make sure after the break, you return to studying, okay?
- Go out with non-Med friends for a breather.
- Do anything non-Med/Acad related once in a while.
- Not everyone is your friend. Choose your peers wisely. Choose those who study to learn. Choose those who will help or accompany you to the top and not drag you down. Choose those who will encourage you. Choose those who believe in you.
- Do not be selfish. Remember that your classmates will be your future colleague.
- You have to want it (MD).
- You really have to want it.
Sleep is important. Sleep so that your mind can think, process, and absorb. Sleep so that you can function properly the following day. What is the use of not sleeping to finish studying if you’ll be sleepy and “toasted” the following day? — Dra. Surio
Study smart. Learn to discern what is “good/nice to know” vs “need to know”. Focus on the “need to know”. Medicine is hard because of the amount of this you need to memorize and understand, so studying only what you “need to know” will actually save you time. — Dr. Gironella
“Study to learn, not to pass because if you learn, you’ll surely pass.” –Dra. Surio.
- Enjoy and love studying. It will help studying less miserable.
- Youtube will be your best friend because there are times where you’ll actually learn or remember better if you can visualize it.
- Know what study habit is effective to you and stick to it. Everyone has a different study habit. For me, writing notes during lecture AND/OR transcribing the lecture is very much effective. Tiring but effective.
- Mnemonics will be your bbf 😍😂, especially in gross anatomy.
- Always bring at least 2 subjects anywhere you go. I got this from an anon twitter account (@maartistmd i think, or @sabinidok). You’ll never know when and where you’ll be “in the zone” to study. Why 2 subject? So that you’ll not get “bored” or “burned out”. What I usually do, I bring 1 subject only BUT 2 materials, book/notes and laboratory manual to answer. Once I can’t absorb anything anymore, I try to answer or label (for histology and gross anatomy) photos/models to “relax” my mind.
- Another tip I got from the twitterverse: Study at your “peek time”. In my case, I absorb and actually learn at around 10PM-4AM, sometimes until 5AM. What do I do then before 10PM? I sleep. I sometimes catch up with my non-med friends, I relax. Why? Because I know I won’t absorb or learn anything before 10PM, so why would I waste my time? This was my routine during my pre-med but I don’t know why I didn’t continue this in med school 🤷🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️.
- Download a “white noise” playlist if you have a cluttered mind like I do. This helped me focus on studying. This is what I usually listen to:
- Have a planner. Schedule everything so that you won’t be shocked with the subject the following day or with the load you have. Plan ahead, especially your study load. Follow the planner. Do not procrastinate.
- As much as planning your whole week ahead is important, learn to focus (after planning for the week) on the now. This is helpful especially for people like me who tend to panic/stress about the amount of things you need to do or finish. Do this for your mental well being.
- Be disciplined. This is what I need to re-learn every week 😅. Study hard so that you can party harder in the future. Be disciplined enough to be focused on studying (I don’t even understand this sentence ✌🏻). Remember, this will be worth it.
- Remember why you are doing this. For the people. Think about all the people/patients you’ll be able to help in the future. Do it for them.
- Another thing I need to ALWAYS remember– BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. First step in succeeding is believing. If other people believe in you capability, you should too. They see something in you that’s why they believe.
- Most importantly, pray and get in line with God. You’ll never succeed without Him. Always remember that, Issa (and whoever is reading this).
God bless, future Doctor 💕
Issa Gan 💜