I’m halfway through my second year of medicine! My exams are done and I’m going to take a short break before getting into the new semester. I have one week before the second semester starts and though I really hoped that I’d have a week off to do fun things and sleep out my week will consist of finishing a paper. I wanted to talk about this first semester of my second year since it was completely different from first year.
-I learned that first year is a breeze compared to second year. It’s easy to say that now that the two biggest blocks of my entire year are over. To all you first-year students out there, these courses only get bigger every single time.
-Never give up. By now medical school consists of really pushing mental boundaries. Though most people give up, those who persist and don’t give up are the ones that will make anything happen.
-The best tip I’ve ever had was to read all of my courses completely through before exams start. This helped me to at least grasp what I was studying and I had a better total-image of my courses.
-Working consistently throughout the year is really important. If you don’t do this by second year, you’re going to get into trouble. I worked consistently throughout the year and still struggled extremely hard during this exam period.
-Workout, you’ll feel more energized and more focussed.
-Treat yourself to a pampering day. I did this once in the two exam-months we had. It can be quite time consuming, but makes you calmer at the same time. So if you can, pamper yourself.
To all students out there I would also like to say the following: it’s often the things that you struggle with the most that end up being the most rewarding. Try as hard as possible and don’t give up! Hard work always pays off.
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.
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 ❤
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
My exams are almost here and it means that I really need to get things done. Even though I’m the laziest student in my entire year I have acquired quite a lot of usefull tips and tricks to make sure that I’m completely ready for my finals. Today I’ll be sharing my tips with you!
1 Clean up!
Before my exams I want my room to be completely clean. I don’t like it when my stuff is everywhere. If I clean up before my exams start I also know where everything is which means that during my exams I don’t need to start looking for paper or biros.
I start off with my closet and make sure that I have enough clean sweaters, shirts and sweatpants because I live in these things.
Having an empty desk is also very important. If there are to many things on my desk I end up being more distracted. The only things I do keep are my whiteboard, notes, writing tools and a laptop. The laptop is there to listen to music and to track my activity with Pomodoro.
2 Start buying food
I love small snacks while studying and I often end up buying quite a lot of them. My favourite snacks include: nuts, pure chocolate, cherry tomatoes and dried fruit. You can easily prepare your own snack tray before your exams. My personal favorite snacks include pistachios, dried figs and dried berries.
Pealed pistachios are delicious!
Also make sure you have enough water to keep you hydrated the entire day. I also buy some orange juice to keep in the fridge. Cold drinks keep me awake during my day.
3 Study locations
Whenever I study at home I always seem to be very laid back and chill. Most of the time I don’t even get up at 7. I end up going for some coffee or tea and I never feel any pressure. That’s why I prefer studying at libraries; there are no coffee breaks and if you’re not on time you’ll lose your spot. I make sure that I’ve seen all locations before and then pick the one I like most.
4 Get everything ready
Before the whole studying process begins I start by classing all of my courses. I make sure that all the notes and information are in the right binder -I also don’t like studying things on my laptop because it makes my eyes burn after a while so I make sure that I’ve printed everything out. I also make sure that I’ve got my favorite apps ready to use and that I’ve got enough music. If you’re interested in the albums and songs I like then check out my music I’ve been loving post!
That’s how I prep before my exams. Let me know in the comment section how your prepare for your exams! Lots of love and succes with your exams!