studying

Prepping and how I study

I’ve already talked about my improved study techniques but today I’m going to talk about the three things that made the biggest difference in my results!

1 Preparing notes ahead

When i go to lectures I make sure that I’ve done everything ahead of time. If i don’t i’m just waisting my time and the professors time. Preparation is key. I like to make notes ahead of time and take those to class. Some people prefer reading through their notes, I do this when I don’t have enough time to type out my notes but this works great as well.

Along with this I reread all of these notes while going home. I take public transport so I often wait for my bus or metro. Those 5 minutes make a difference. It’s small but all small bits help! The time I need to get home varies but I spend an average of 1hour to 1hour30 to get home. Instead of waisting i try to benefit from that.

2 Visuals (other sources)

For medicine looking out for other sources is a good way to look at your courses differently. Especially if you don’t know the difference between things that are more important and things that are not. I watch a ton of videos and if there are things in my course that other videos emphasize on it means that it’s probably quite important. I personally loved ‘Shomu’s biology’ on youtube because he’s able to explain quite difficult concepts in an easy way.

3 Reading

Not only reading through your own course or textbooks but using other medical books is a great way to retain difficult topics. Different books often explain concepts differently and that is something that may or may not work for you.

I hope you enjoyed these tips. Let me know what your tips are in the comment section down below.

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

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Changing my study method

The new school year has begun for some of you and I wanted to update you on my new study method since it might help you! I’ve switched it up quite a lot and I’ve finally found a good way to make sure that I know my courses better. Since courses in med school are quite voluminous having a good study technique really makes a difference. I make sure that during class I write down what’s important. I follow the slides that are projected on a big screen and make sure that I listen to what the professor says. That way I can understand the most important concepts in our books.

The studying process is something that’s often pushed back to the weekend. Before studying I read my notes and then start. Everything in these courses is valuable information and needs to be known. There is no such thing as more important/less important (unfortunately ūüė¶ )! Instead of just using one study method I now use a combination of different techniques. This helps me to make a difference in concepts I fully and concepts that need more time.

First method: there are parts of my books that I read multiple times and make sure that I understand what I’m reading. This doesn’t take a lot of time and I do this multiple times per day or even per week to make sure that I still know what the course is all about.

The second method¬†that I like, is making question sheets on a part of my course. I make these sheets for parts of my course that I have trouble memorizing and I’ve noticed that this technique forces me to really actively read and my notes. I only do this for several parts of my courses because writing questions down takes up time.

Last but not least the third technique I use is making resumes of my printed notes. I personally don’t advise going for this technique in med school. I feel like while making these I’m not actively thinking about the subject I’m studying. Making resumes doesn’t only take a lot of time it makes you have less time to revise and consolidate the information – this technique didn’t work as well for me as the other two techniques but I do like to make these before going into my classes.

The key to these techniques is not about the time you put in making them. It’s about actively making them and thinking about everything that’s important. Active studying is more efficient and will help you memorize everything faster.

I hope you enjoyed this article! Let me know what study technique you prefer in the comment section down below!

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

Preparing for retake exams

As you all know I’ll be on vacation but for students who need to retake exams I wanted to write this blogpost. Retake exams are not fun and you often have less time for retake exams, than for exams you take during the year. It’s important in medical school to pass retake exams or you won’t be able to follow all courses from the following year.

1. Look at what went wrong first
Since you have retake exams it means that something went wrong the first time. Therefore it’s important to take a look at your exams and see what went wrong. There are feedback moments, there are professors who will help and guide you through the process. They will be able to tell you what went wrong and thus what you can do better next time.

2. Make a good schedule
I made a timetable for my vacation. I have already spend a good amount of time relaxing. It’s important to make a timetable that you will follow. You need to divide your time well and make sure that you keep to your schedule. You don’t want to retake these exams again next year.
When I had retakes I would study for three days and take one day off. That’s how I stayed positive and kept on studying during my vacation.

3. How to use your notes
Before studying make sure to have all of your notes present. Do not rewrite them because that is just a way to procrastinate the actual study process.
If there are mistakes on your notes write those in red so you don’t make them again.
If you don’t have notes, ask your classmates for help! I miserably failed the easiest class last year and I was lucky enough to borrow someone else’s notes.

4. Too many retake exams
Students with 7-8 retake exams often end up taking all of their exams. In the end they fail with 45/100 which is really sad in my opinion. If you know you won’t be able to pass all of your exams, or you have too many try to prioritize your classes!

5. Don’t get demotivated
It’s important to keep your goals in front of you because they will motivate you for me a simple inspiration board works. When I’m really not feeling it I’ll take a day off (this is usually planned in my schedule). Taking a day off will help you get motivated back again.

Last but not least I hope that you do well on your retake exams! If you have some tips for retake exams leave them in comment section down below because they can help other students ;). If you liked this article press the like button down below.

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

Stressing out!

Medical school is hard work. It takes up your time. It can happen that you get stressed out, worry, and might even get nightmares about failing. That’s how my exams feel to me. The funny part of it is that all of these feelings are unnecessary. Since I have quite a lot of experience with stress and anxiety I wanted to give you my best tips.

1. Don’t worry
Instead of worrying you should relax and keep working on. Worrying will lead to doubt and doubt is the last thing you’ll need. Constant worrying will absorb time and energy and you’ll need these to study and make your exams. All you can do is your best and see how things work out!

2. Work out
I like to workout in the morning. There are a few benefits to this. The first is that going for a run in the morning gives you more energy! You’ll have more energy, feel better and have enough time to study. The second thing is that you’ll probably be more tired in the evening and fall asleep quicker.
Running outside also gives some time to completely de-stress. You’ll be able to shake off some of your feelings and move on.

3. Food is important
Some people don’t eat while studying, others like to stuff themselves. Either way it’s important to have the right nutrients. Go for dried fruits and nuts as snacks, a decent meal and drink some green tea or some coffee during your breaks. Don’t forget to drink enough water!
For me sugar makes me feel more anxious and more on edge. I definitely advise avoiding sugar. If you do want to eat chocolate go for pure chocolate with at least 70% chocolate in it.

4. Talk about it
If you’re genuinely stressed out talk about it with your parents or friends. A listening ear can help more than you think. If you don’t want to talk to your parents or friends about your feelings I advise going to a psychologist. You can trust them 100% and they will be able to provide the help you need. Universities usually provide student psychologists for free so check out your university site for more information.

I hope these tips help you tackle the exam stress. I wish you all good luck with your exams and I’m rooting for each and every single one of you ‚̧

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

 

Motivational video

There was a video I really wanted to share with you. As you might know I find Will Smith one of the most motivational people on the world. I’ve found a compilation of some of his quotes on talent, skill and the influence of dedication and I wanted to share it with you!
 

Hoping this will motivate you as much as it motivates me! Lots of love ‚̧
-A doctor in spe

Tips for prosection courses!

Prosections are a part of anatomy. You’ll see parts of the human body and you will most likely have to know where the muscles, nerves, veins and arteries are. I spend a lot of time preparing for my prosection course so I have quite a few tips!

1.Look up videos
The best way to have a clue of the material you’ll be studying is to look online for some videos in which they go over every part of the body and talk about what’s important. On youtube you’ll find sapiens medicus, on the internet I found this site.¬†These videos will help you know where to look for certain structures.

2. Anatomy book
Your anatomy book is going to be your best friend during all of med school and it’s filled with pictures of the human body with and without muscles, nerves, arteries and veins. I use Sobotta anatomy¬†which has an online site on¬†which you’ll be able to find anatomical pictures. These are more structured and therefore easier to visualize.

3.Work together
It’s perfectly normal to search for certain structures. Talk to your peers and ask them if they know something you don’t. This is what helped me so much. Everyone I knew seemed to remember a certain part of the human body best. I always asked my friends to help me with structure I didn’t know.

4. Take your time
I ended up going to two groups of prosections to have enough time to revise everything and to make sure that these prosections where actually useful. You’re going to have to retain all of this information and it helps if you do it well. In my university every group got 1:30 hours to look at the cadavers. For me this was not enough so I ended up staying over groups to make sure that I was able to visualize and point out every structure.

I hope you enjoyed these tips! Let me know what you thought of your first prosections in the comments down below ūüôā

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

STUDY TIPS THAT WORK

Study methods and techniques have always been a big struggle. My exams have proved exactly that in the past and it was time to change them. I started taking¬†all the tips I could get and I’ve made a list with the best tips.

  1. Prepare your classes

It’s terrible to prepare every single class you have, but it’s very effective and you’ll have more use out of your classes. You don’t need to do much, just try to read trough your courses when you have some time left.
When you have a lecture, make sure to pay attention! Mark important words and sentences. During classes you can see which parts are more important and you’ll learn to focus on those.

2. Repeat

Repeat your classes the same evening. I know that it will take a lot of energy and work but you’ll definitely benefit from this. You can just read trough the courses.
This is important because in medical school you’ll get very big textbooks and courses and if you don’t keep up you’ll eventually lose track.
Repeating is the most important step when you’re studying and will help to get all that information in your long-term memory.

3. Get help

If you feel like none of these work for you I’d suggest getting some help. Every university has a study¬†counselor. You can always count on them for advise and help. My university has a few counselors for the most difficult courses and a separate person who can help you with study advise. You can always make an appointment and they will help you to the fullest of their abilities. There is a reason why study counselors exist. Not everyone has these issues but there are a lot of people who do.

I would like to emphasize that I 100% believe that everyone can do everything they set their mind to if you just put enough time and effort in it.
For me studying was always the most difficult part. I was never good at it, at least that’s what I thought. The problem I had was that I had enough time to study, I just never wanted to make time for it. The constant procrastinating made my study techniques fail miserably when I had to learn more. Now I’m just working as hard as everybody else and I hope that it’ll pay off.

I hope you found this blogpost somewhat informative and that you’ll learn something from it. Let me know what your best study tip is in the comment section down below.

Lots of love ♥
– A doctor in spe

Favorite Youtubers part II

Before even getting into med school all I would do was look at videos that were related to medicine. Over the last years I’ve started following quite a lot of Youtubers so today I wanted to share these with you! As you might know there are a lot of Youtubers so I made this a two part blogpost. You can find part one via this link.

  1. IYANULIVE

I’ve seen so many medical videos and they were all calm and relaxing but I find that this guy actually has some funny videos. Again all of these videos are calm and relaxing but fun to watch. My favorite video was ‘the 7 people you meet in med school‘ I thought it was pretty funny and completely true.

2. Jenny Le

Another really inspiring medical student. Jenny is a osteopathic medicine student and she has a lot of youtube videos. My favorite videos are the ones in which she actually goes on rotation and talks about the entire experience. I specifically like¬†these because she actually¬†talks about what she’s learned. For example her ophthalmology rotation.

3 Just Osaro

My favorite videos are Osaro’s vlogs. This is how most med students spend their life. There is a lot of studying and yes a lot of happy and fun moments too. My favorite video is one she actually did pretty recently and in which she talked with Dr. Vaughan about the future of health care under Trump.

I hope you enjoyed this blogpost! Let me know in the comment section who your favorite (medical) Youtubers are. Give these people a follow on youtube because they definitely deserve it!

Lots of love
a doctor in spe

 

Favorite youtubers Med edition Part I

Today I really wanted to talk about my favorite Medical student youtubers. I however follow quite a lot of youtubers that study medicine so I’m going to make a part two very soon! Now these youtubers are amazing.¬†I mainly like following them because most of these people are in their second or third year and they have a lot of helpful tips and tricks. I also think like these people motivate me (and a lot of others) to pursue a career in medicine which is amazing!

1 Janeandjady
Probably one of the most famous medicine students on Youtube. This power couple shows the daily life of med students. They have all sorts of videos but I’d have to say that I really like their vlogs. If you want to see how med school is you should just watch their videos!

2 Med school insiders
I love all of the tips that are given and I’ve been following¬†a lot of tips so far. These videos motivate me to actually study and take it easy. Since these¬†videos contain a lot of helpful tips and this channel is actually¬†very useful even if you don’t study med.¬†I’d recommend this channel to everyone who wants some more motivation to study or tips on how to study better and more efficiently.

3 Thestrivetofit
I love the Strivetofit because of the vibe her videos give off. Jaime is definitely an inspiring youtuber. She now has a second channel where you can study with her and she has also opened an online shop on her blog where you can find some stationery items as well as apparel. I honestly have nothing but admiration for this girl because I know that everything she does requires hard work and a lot of time. Definitely check her youtube channel and her blog out!

That was it for this first favorite youtubers article! Let me know in the comments who your favorite youtubers are and I’ll definitely check them out!

Lots of love!
Doctor in spe