Mon. Nov 18th, 2019

7 Tips On How To Stay Focused In Medical School

First of all congratulation on getting into medical school. You’ve made it but that’s only the beginning.

You have probably completed your first week of school, and you’re getting overwhelmed by the excess work load and the limited time.

Well, don’t worry I’ll share seven tips that will help you stay grounded and focused in school.

1. Go for all your classes: This might seem like a lot of stress, and impossible, but it’s best to do this. Some professors/lecturers have the tendency to say things that are neither in your textbook nor online and then you see that exact same thing in your tests or exams.

Also, regular class going helps you stay on track. You should only miss classes when it’s really necessary, not just because you’re lazy.

2. Try to study every day : In medical school, you literally cover a topic that takes 4 weeks for normal students to learn in a week. There is just too much workload, so you basically have no time to pile up work. You have to try to study for at least two hours every day to stay on track.

3. Avoid unnecessary Activities: Cut off things you know wont be useful to you. Cut the extra time on social media, unnecessary hangouts and not doing anything reasonable at a particular time(this doesn’t sound right but I couldn’t find another way to phrase it) Remember you have a limited time each day, so plan to use it wisely.

4. Ask people for help: As much as you may be so bright in school, medicine is a collective work, where two heads are usually better than one. Dont feel too proud or too shy to ask for help when you need to.

Especially on those topics where it seems like you are the only one that is confused. Still ask, because trust me you are not the only one and even if you are, it’s only going to help you in the long run.

5.Ask your lecturers questions: Most of them love it when students challenge them. Try to ask as much questions as you can ask to your lectures. Try to reason with them, and let them make you understand why a certain thing is what it is.

I know this is always said but it is true. THERE ARE NO STUPID QUESTIONS. and your professors will always be willing to answer questions(it’s literally their job)

6. Have your rest time: As the popular saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. This indeed is very true, especially for the fact you’re making use of your brain most of the time. While studying, take breaks, cool off your brain, you might just not be understanding a topic, not because you didn’t study enough, but because you needed a break and you’re avoiding it. For example, one who wants to read for 5 hours should at least take 10 minutes breaks in between to avoid burning out.

7. Take Care of yourself: This involves eating well, drinking lots of water, sleeping well and exercising. These are all important, because one thing you should always know is that if you work too hard and eventually break down, medical school will continue, life continues, it won’t stop because of you.

So you have to pay attention to these basics. Arrange your schedule to include everyone of them, to help keep you on track.

An extra point, for number 7 is to always carry something containing glucose, as little as a bar of chocolate is enough, especially when studying, just incase you become hypoglycemic(low glucose level). Thank you for reading, hope you’re here for my next article.

Adanna…

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