Study tips

Hey there, 

I hope you're doing great!
Since it's never too early- or too late- to develop good study habits, I decided to share some of my study tips with you guys. Get yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy the article:))


SET YOUR GOAL

,,Student, you do not study to pass the test. You study to prepare for the day when you are the only thing between a patient and the grave."
Determine your goal in the very beginning. Ask yourself a question what is really important for you? Being a good student, a good doctor, passing the exam with a good grade?

STUDY REGULARLY

Studying regularly makes the whole learning process much more easier and faster. It's better to do a little each day or three times a week than cramming it all into one long session. If you want to study and put those knowledge into your long-term memory, you need more time. Side note, let's say that you want to memorise a 300- pages textbook for your exam this semester. It's only 25 pages/ week if you study regularly and that does not sound that bad, right? :))

MEMORISE THE BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS 

You should never be unsure about some basic terms and definitions that you always need to know. Memorising the basic terms is also a good way how to avoid these awkward exam situations, when you can't explain some things which every future doctor needs to know. There are also some similar sounding words which may lead to misunderstanding when you think about some non-medical students, but there is no way to make a mistake when you study medicine and when you speak about homeostasis and hemostasis, right?

MAKE CONNECTIONS

Do not forget that your goal when you study is to make connections between the new things you encounter in texts and to make connections between these new ideas and things you already know. I can highly recommend you to make your own ,,concept maps"- I like to to some connections between pictures, nodes, small amount of text on a large sheet of paper. 

STUDY BREAKS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

You should always take a break. Generally, studying in these one-hour block is the most effective (let's say you start in the morning- 60'+ 5', 55'+ 7'-8', 50' + 10'- 15' and continue in the afternoon with 55' + 7'-8', 50' + 10', 45'+ 10'). 
Alright so now you set a time limit for your break. Change your scenery now, go outside, stretch, move around. Just look at something different (no more computer screen or textbook, please!)

,,IF I ONLY HAD ONE MORE DAY TO STUDY..." 

Think about the Murphy's law. If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong. That's why you should always consider giving yourself some extra time (about 8-10-15%) when you think about your study plan for your exam. Trust me, you'll be so thankful for this decision at the end!


Is there something you would like to add to this tip? Make sure you'll let me know :)

Have a great day!

Bea

21-day minimalism challenge

Hey there!

I found ,,THE MINIMALIST CHALLENGE" in Pinterest few days ago and I just asked myself- why not to get started right away with something like this?
The spring is coming (thank God!) and that's the ideal period for clearing out. Since I didn't create any New's Year's resolutions list this year (ok, I am lucky and I don't really need to lose weight or something like that:)), I've compiled 21 one-day assignments to help me to create a simpler life with more energy for things I love. 

I want to spend less time on my phone/ computer, log off and be disconnected, read a book, be more productive, improve my sleep quality,...you know,  I just want to enjoy these small things in life:)

The rules for this challenge: do 1 thing a day, the order is up on you, but don't skip a day! If you want to join me, feel free to contact me, I'll send you my assignments in a better quality, so you'll be able to cross them off one-by-one and see your small progress:).


Have a great day!
Bea

Hard times in med school

Hey friends!


There are days in everyone's life when they feel overwhelmed by the stress, tasks and amout of studying that weigh upon them. (Oh, yes, I need to admit that THIS IS MY CURRENT LIFE and mood). The best thing to do is to dump these bad  thoughts out, stay focused and try to think about why we started, but you know, sometimes it's easier said that done, right? 

Few days ago, when I felt like ,,I can't do this shit anymore", I told one my good friends (who is a young handsome doctor hehe)  how I feel right now and I got back the best respond ever. I wanted to share this message with you guys, because I know that there is big chance that there is also someone else who feels like quitting right now and  who needs to hear this :).


1. I am proud of you! Medical school is not easy at all, but I am telling you it will be worth it. Even for me, school absolutely sucked. I hated it. But now I look back and I realize that I am happy I did it because I absolutely LOVE what I do and how I am helping people. You will feel the same way and you will thank yourself later.


2. Keep working hard. You will have some periods where school can be going super well or your grades suck, but never give up. Grades aren't everything and you will learn a tonne while you are there.


3. Your social life may have changed a bit, but you need to make sacrifices if you want to succeed. Ask your dad. He probably did the same thing. Even my friends I neglected over the years because of school, but there will be plenty of times for you to go out and socialize and your friends closest to you will understand and be there when you need them.

4. Enjoy the road now. It will definitely have its ups and downs, but when you look back you will realise how far youve come and how many people envy you and how beautiful and smart and hard working you are xo


P.S.: Thanks for everything, Dr. M. You really helped💙