A ghost cat with some wise words! ✨Maybe things won’t work out the way you planned, but you’ll find a different way, a different path, or a different time.
I think this will be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do in med school: to keep believing in your dreams when everything seems to go against you. You see, med school has a way of making you doubt yourself, making you ask yourself things like “Is it worth it? Can I really do this? Will I be able to make it?” Med school will strip you of your self-esteem, that confidence you built in your undergrad years will at one point in your med school life become useless. Med school will make you cry, make you feel worthless, torture you physically, mentally, emotionally until nothing’s left of you except — of course, your passion. The reason why you’re doing all of this in the first place. Med school will break you, but as long as you don’t forget your purpose - your “why"s, you will rise from adversity and you’ll make it through. You see, this is how med school will make you strong. This is how med school determines your strong will and determination. Show everyone you have what it takes. Don’t give up. Keep going.
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Got a lot of catching up to do! Today is for Neurology. Wish me luck! .
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Highlight of today: first ever WARD WORK for Neuro! Just got off from an exam but already preparing for another! Ah, the life of a medical student is a life where every hour counts. 😅 Anyway, so we were able to do the history taking and neurological exam today on a Neuro patient and it was a very interesting and complex case! We were puzzled (as any first year medical student would be) at the findings: hyperreflexive at one side of the upper extremities while hypo reflexive at the opposite side of the lower ex, but generally stronger muscle tone on one side of the body. Turns out our patient has Craniopharyngoma + Hydrocephalus! Not only that, we were also able to discuss about another patient, who turned out to have hematoma in the cortical frontal parietal part of the brain, that stemmed from an aplastic anemia! Two very interesting cases. All made my head hurt. Must be a sign that I should start studying now. 😂
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I love making lists of exam topics with this cute pink list memo! Best thing about it is that it has three columns - I usually write the lesson number on the left most column, the name of the chapter in the middle, and the points or number of items in the right-most column! Very helpful for when I’m studying for an exam and would like to know the point distribution to know what topic I should be paying more attention to (study smart!). •
What’s your favorite stationery?
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- Set yourself achievable goals.
Never try to fool yourself into thinking you will read 10 chapters every day, run at least 5 miles, clean the whole house and manage 1 huge assignment in 1 hour.
This won’t work, you know that and you’re just fooling yourself.
Be realistic. Read 1 chapter, but actually read it, not highlight every word there. Read it again, make a summary of it, close the book, explain the material to somebody else or just write it down in bullet points. Do a 20 minute work out. Clean your table. Write 500 words of that 2k essay (or write 100 words, or 50, hovewer much you can actually write)\
- Take breaks frequently, but not longer than 20 minutes.
I am a big fan of pomodoro technique when studying because it gives me a sense of a timeline that doesn’t allow to check on my phone, on my email- anything. Once you decide to ‘i’ll rest for a bit’ that bit turns out to be 5 hours on tumblr and bam - you’re not sleeping at night because your deadline is due.
Set a timer for yourself. 25 minutes of reading, 5 minutes break. After 3 cicles make a big 15 minutes break. After another 3 cicles take half an hour. Set yourself the exact amount of time you will work, and the exact amount of time you will rest.
- Turn off your Tumblr/Twitter/Youtube.
No explanation necessary
- Understand what you’re reading.
I can’t stress enough about this one, because in my 4 years of studying in med school i realized just how many people try to memorize exactly what is written instead of understanding the concept.
Listen, your memory will fail you. You’re not a perfect database that can reach for any data file that you need any time. People forget things, this is how our brains operate.
Logic will never fail you. This is so important to understand to all of you in medicine, that if you understand the basic you can always draw conclusions from that.
For example, it is no problem for me to answer the question like ‘Clinical manifestation of pneumonia’ because i understand the pathogenesis, and just draw logical conclusion. This is what clinical thinking is based upon, basically
- Don’t do things just because everybody do them.
Make notes for yourself, not for a pretty tumblr post. I used to spend a lot of time and money on those but they were less effective than messier quicker not very photo ready notes that i made, but those were actually more helpful.
Notes are here to help you, not to make an appearance of studying.
A lot of my classmates spend hours taking notes but once they come to class it’s like they just mechanically copied the textbook without actually realizing what they wrote. Which is why my point of understanding what you study is important in note taking, notes are just a quick summary you can go back to, some details you might have troubles remembering, they are helping you revise not read from when you are asked a question.
If you want to become a doctor, you should get used to the idea that you’ll spend a great deal of your time studying. Through the course of our degree we will be asked to learn, understand and commit to memory an enormous amount of material and when, finally, we become doctors, studying doesn’t stop. The medical sciences evolve by the second. Everyday life changing discoveries are made and we need to keep up with that in order to provide our patients the best resources we can find. So, even though it might not be one of the most pleasant things to do, it is something very necessary on our way to become good physicians. Since many of you have been asking for tips on how I study, here are a few tips that worked for me:
1 - Cornell Notes taking system - this is the note taking method I found most helpful to take notes in class and at home when I’m studying. It keeps things organized, it’s quite easy to use and, when revising, it’s quite simple to understand.
2 - One Page Notes - this is a tip given by Doctor Andrea Tooley on her YouTube channel, which I truly recommend checking out. Basically, the point is trying to condense one class, chapter, etc. in one page. Of course sometimes it’s a lot of material but trying to do that, even if it exceeds one page, makes us focus on the essential.
3 - Not too much stuff at once - when studying, I don’t like to have too many things open at once. I like to keep it simple, just some slides, maybe a book and my notes. It’s not helpful to study by two books, three reviews and notes. It’s a lot of stuff and it gets harder to concentrate. What I do is to choose the materials I find most helpful and take my notes based on that. If then, if I find that another book that has some helpful information, I read it after and then I add those notes.
4 - Not let work pile up - Simple to understand, HARD to do.
5 - Ask older students - when you don’t know how to study for some particular subject, just ask someone who already done it.
6 - Airplane Mode - when I want to focus on something, and I need to be on the PC, I put it on air plane mode. Blind yourself to distractions.
7 - Water or Tea - have a bottle of water on the desk. It keeps you hydrated and when you’re frustrated, just have a sip of water or tea instead of going online. Hydrates and calms you down. Just don’t go on drinking liters and liters of water please…..
8 - One thing at the time - when you’re studying one subject, focus on that subject. Don’t be thinking about the other ten thing you need to do. You need to be doing that, so focus on that. Be efficient, learn to prioritize.
9 - Plan it OUT - I’m a fan of the bullet journal principal. A plane white notebook and my to do lists, exams, etc. It’s important to have a good outlook on what you have to do. I just don’t waste too much time on aesthetics. (Still looks cool though xD)
10 - Get cosy - make studying a cosy moment. It helps :D
Good luck with everything people!! We can all do this!!! Every great doctor started out as we did: Dreamers and Hard Workers, who wanted to help making this world a better place. Now go study ;)
It’s that time of the year again here in the Philippines, when aspiring med students are busiest - from finishing all their thesis work in time for graduation, AND applying for their dream medical schools!
I’ve only applied to 3 med schools, of which two I pursued (meaning, I was able to finish the entire process from submitting documents to interviews) and one I eventually dropped (because I later realized it wasn’t really my choice).
Those two schools were extremes. One was an hour away from the province where I lived, while the other was thousands of miles away. I’m from Mindanao, and this school is in Manila. Two extremes. While some of my classmates were busy sending out application forms to every potential med school, I only focused on the two which I liked the most, for varying reasons.
So even with this little experience I have, let me share to you some tips:
First, set your priorities. I’m saying this because I know applying for med schools can be pretty hectic, especially if you’re chasing deadlines left and right, and when these schools aren’t exactly a walking distance. Also, because schools sometimes give weight to the choice you put on your NMAT, where you’ll be asked to rank med schools of your choice.
Second, have all your documents ready. Gather them, put them in one place. Make several copies, or photocopy them. Make sure to keep digital copies (you can scan them too!), for when you need to email these to schools. It’s also to make sure you have a copy for when you accidentally lose some of them.
Third, keep track of all the deadlines of all the schools you’re applying for, and stay up to date. A good way of doing this is to make sur e you have all the essential telephone numbers, email addresses, etc of the school so you know who to contact or how to contact them in case you have queries. Follow their social media accounts too.
Fourth, it’s a good idea to prepare for interviews, as early as possible. Determine your reasons for being a doctor as early as you can. Research on possible interview questions. Research on the schools you’re applying for. Be prepared but avoid making scripts, as they can sound unnatural when being interviewed. Come prepared to avoid looking totally clueless, but don’t forget to be yourself.
Fifth, make sure to have a list of all the things you need to do. A good idea would be to have a checklist with all the important dates you can stay organized and not miss out on anything important.
Lastly, continue to work hard for the remaining days of your semester, as this will matter. Aim for the highest GPA possible, as your GPA will greatly help you in your applications. Work hard, and don’t forget to pray and have faith.
Bet you all know what I’m studying at this point. Any guess?
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So how do you stay focused? During pre-med, I had no problem managing my time while studying: I had sufficient breaks, enough sleep, i don’t tire out easily, and almost always finished everything I need to study on time. But that all changed when I got to med school. Med school was extremely different in that I had to plan ahead for everything- from my meal times, sleep, study time, breaks, chores. Aside from the fact that it was my first time to live alone, the amount of study material I needed to learn was immensely greater than ever before. So I used the pomodoro technique - with 30 instead of 25 mins - and it works! How do you manage time?
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Afternoons are for endocrine.
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I think we all would agree that an organized desk is conducive to learning. 😊
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Strawberry shake over coffee this time.
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Tonight is for Guyton. Spending the last night of the long weekend on Endocrine. We’re finally continuing the Neuro module tomorrow with Endocrinology. What are your tips?
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So, we’ve just started on our Neurophysiology today and I feel really nervous! I did not do well on my neuro anatomy module last sem and now that we’re on physiology, I feel like I have to do a lot of extra work to catch up! Do you have any helpful tips for me?
Started with Neurophysiology today! Glad to say I learned so much but my favorite word has got to be Dysdiadochokinesia! Sounds weird? Well, it’s the medical term used to refer to the inability to perform quick and alternating movements. Now, you know!
Any tips on how to ace the Neuro patient examination?
So, we’ve just finished Renal Anatomy and Physiology last week (it was a bloody three weeks!) and now we’re moving on to Endocrinology, which is actually a part of our Neuro module that we started off last sem and are continuing this sem. I found renal very challenging and fun, actually, despite all the work that came with it (boy, the calculations!) and the confusion (transporters and pumps, basolateral or luminal).
For endocrine, I’m pretty nervous because I have not done well on the first part of the module last sem, which was Neuroanatomy, which, everybody else found easy. As to why, that would be another long story. However, I’m looking forward to meeting my professors once again as they are very kind and supportive, especially our course coordinator, Dr. Pascual. Also looking forward to studying the books, as I’ve learned (the hard way) that you should count on books more than transcriptions, and it’s important to have multiple book references just in case your main textbook isn’t your cup of tea.
Anyway, I think that’s all. Wish me luck!
Hello, oh no worries - sorry for replying so late!
1. Memory retention: if you check out the “curve of forgetting” it shows how over time it’s natural to forget things. The best way to reduce how much you forget it to continuously review past material.
2. Practice questions are the best way in my opinion. If you don’t have access to a lot of practice questions make your own. You can use Quizlet or Anki. Anki uses something called spaced repetition which links to point 1.
3. Studying hours: honestly - study less, study smart! Rather than doing a ridiculous amount of hours, 2 solid hours a day is good and coming up to exams I’d say 4-6 hours.
4. Make a massive timetable on A3 paper with the upcoming months/print one out. Then make a list of all the things you need to do and put them into the timetable. Things you don’t get done just transfer over to the next day.
Hope this all helps!
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Happy intermodule weekend! 💗
First of all, I’d like to thank you all for 1000 followers! It’s honestly overwhelming how fast this blog has grown, specially in such little time. Your support is amazing!
So, as a 1K special, I decided to make (as you may have guessed) a studyblr masterpost. Let’s go:
- How to study chemistry
- How to take chemistry notes
- Tips for studying chemistry
- Super cool Periodic Table
- Basically everything you need
- Advice for studying biology
- Biology guide
- How to draw a biological diagram
2. Phone and Computer
- Productivity apps for iOS (mine)
- Evernote (app and site)
- Fliqlo (computer)
- Momentum (computer)
- Apps (phone and computer)
- Guide to aesthetically pleasing notes
- Banners reference
- Guide to color coding
- Sketchnotes References
- Make Your Notes Pretty!
- Stiky Notes - How to
- Huge note-taking masterpost
4. Time Management
- Tips on time management
- Stop procrastinating
- Bullet Journal - How to start one
- 5 days study plan
- Pomodoro technique
- How to do a lot in little time
- How to schedule study for exams
- Study (everything)
- Studyblr- How to
- Note Taking
- Note Taking (2)
- Note Taking (3)
- School resources
- Bullet Journals
- Music (2)
!!! taking note
So sorry I took a bit to respond! Med school has taken over my life.
Figuring out how to retain info better was definitely something I struggled with my first year of med school, and in all honesty I’m still not sure I’ve found the best way to study. I’m a very visual learner, so drawing out pathways to be able to see relationships made remembering material easier for me. Anki has been really helpful. It’s a flashcard app that uses spaced repetition to help you remember material better, and having to make the flashcards is pretty good review itself.
As for studying, I’m not as consistent as I would like to be. On average, I probably spend about 4-5 hours outside of lecture each day studying. I try to review all of the day’s lecture material before I call it quits. I’ve been writing what I’d like to get done for each day in a planner. For some reason, seeing a physical list of what needs to be done helps me to be more productive.
Hope this helps!!
Hello! I’ll apologize ahead but I have a lot of questions to ask. 1. Can you give me tips on how to better retain information? How to optimize my memory retention? I’m a first year medical student and I am having trouble with retaining so much information. 2. How do you quiz yourself on the things you just learned? Can you recommend a good website/app to facilitate this? 3. How many hours a day do you study? How do you come up with a schedule to manage time efficiently? THANKS A LOT :)
Hi! I hope you’re doing well and sorry I haven’t answered earlier but I don’t normally receive questions through ‘submitted posts’, I just noticed it!
So to be honest with you I’m not that great at memorizing things quickly. I’m also not the ideal med student and I don’t think I should be giving anybody advice. It takes me a lot of effort to keep up with everything so what I can do is just tell you what ways help me most:
This is extremely helpful. Thank you so much for this! You are a lifesaver! Thank you for making time to answer this. Hopefully I’ll be able to follow all the tips you gave me and improve myself for the coming semester! Thank you so much! ❤
Update: I am now officially done with my second year! I know i’ve been MIA on here for a while now - but that’s only because I was drowning in textbooks and assignments! I will be writing a whole other post on what my second year in medical school was like - so watch out for that :)
I, for one, can not just rely on one method of learning. Meaning, I’ll jump from videos, to textbooks, to flashcards. In this post I’m going to list some of my holy grail youtube channels that have
1) Handwritten Tutorials
Every video in this channel is short, but not so much that you feel like you’re missing out on information. Definitely one to save as a favourite!
2) Armando Hasudungan
The best thing about this channel is the fact that there are over 300 videos, covering a wide range of core topics in endocrinology, neurology, physiology and pharmacology. Another pro is the presentation of topics (otherwise considered snooze-worthy) in an artistic manner!
3) Speed Pharmacology
Raise your hand if you’ve ever fallen asleep trying to read about the mechanism of action of opioids, their side effects and contraindications. I know I have. Fret not, for this youtube channel will introduce you to a world where pharmacology is actually interesting.
4) Wendy Riggs
Wendy Riggs is a very down-to-earth professor in Northern California, and she covers a wide range of topics in Anatomy, Physiology and General Biology.
5) Anatomy Zone
A better way to learn anatomy is to supplement your textbook information with videos from this channel. The explanations and visuals provided are absolute gold.
I hope you all find these channels as helpful as I did!
Studying for a Histology exam (blood and bone marrow + lymphatics) tomorrow! Got any tips to ace histology?
First entry is today!
SO we just finished with our 2nd and last OS 205 Exam today. The exam encompassed Cardio Physiology, cardio and physio clinical correlations, and a bit of anatomy. The exam is actually equal to 2 exams. (ASEAN week messed up our schedule really badly!)
Right now I’m studying for our last exam for OS 201. This time it’s Histology of the Blood. I’m also trying out a new study technique because I find all my old study habits to be ineffective in retaining information. This time, I’m making Quizlet flashcards and I’ll try to see if it works.
Also, I’ve just discovered Sarang’s Study With Me Videos and I’m playing them in the background as I study to help me get motivated and help me focus on my tasks at hand.
I guess that’s everything. I’ll write a longer post once I’m free. In the mean time, I’m off to make my cards. Wish me luck!