How to Study Effectively and Efficiency as a Pre-Med and Medical Student

What’s going on guys! In this video I want to talk to you about
increasing efficiency as a pre-med and in medical school. Optimizing our time management skills and
efficiency is paramount to success. So, I want to help you be successful in academics
but also have time to enjoy yourself and be healthy. The first thing is to study smarter not harder. And what I mean by this is that more time
studying does not always lead to a better outcome. Make sure you’re using your time wisely. In order to do this, it’s important to critically
look at what’s working and what’s not. I made another video describing how to study
efficiently, I’ll put a link in the comments. Second, do bursts of studying. This goes hand in hand with studying smarter. A lot of students make the mistake of trying
to study “all day”. But no matter how strong your willpower, you
will have diminishing returns as your mind gets fatigued, so it’s important to take breaks. I spoke about the Pomodoro technique in a
prior video and this comes in handy here, but taking a step back, lets apply this principle
of burst studying more broadly. So, plan your breaks around your life. You have other things to do, you got errands
to run. Having those breaks timed optimally for those
errands is gonna increase your overall efficiency. So, for example, let’s say you go to class
from 8AM to 12PM. You then take a break by eating lunch with
your friends for 30 minutes to an hour. Since you just took a break and should be
relatively refreshed, you can use the next 2-3 hours to get some work done. Now, at this point you’re probably getting
diminishing returns, so break up the monotony by going to the gym and getting a workout
and that might take you 1-1.5 hours. And go back home and study again for a couple
hours. Then your next break is gonna be dinner. So, take an hour, have your dinner and from
there you can either enjoy the rest of your night or if you have an exam quickly approaching,
spend that extra time to fit in more studying. Next is to plan ahead. Now there’s a spectrum of how broadly or how
finely you want to plan your schedule. Some people prefer planning every single minute
of their day, others just list a couple of larger goals to accomplish throughout the
day. I was somewhere in the middle. Find out what works best for you and stick
with it. So, again for example, let’s say I had a class
from 8:00 to 12:00, I would then plan out some time from 12:30 to 2 for my PBL look
up, 2-3 I’d keep working on you know, lecture materials, learning objectives, things like
that. Then I plan to go to the gym from 3:00 to
4:30, make on Anki cards from 4:30 to 6:00, work on research from six to seven, eat dinner
around 7:00 and then after dinner, finish any research tasks or anything left over and
then wind down and go to sleep. So this is an example of how I would plan
my day, either morning up or day before. Next is to practice discipline. If you want to be successful in medicine,
you need to prioritize studying, plain and simple. So, discipline is a muscle requiring regular
exercise, so use it. Find ways in your day to exercise your discipline
and move closer towards your goals, don’t just rely on brute willpower. So, for example, in my case I made a habit
of sleeping and waking up at consistent times even on days that I had late class where I
could sleep in. This helped maintain momentum, keep me motivated
and overall just helped me focus. And again, habits are stronger than willpower,
so critically look at your habits that prevent you from being productive or studying as much
as you need to and find ways around them. And last, use your downtime. So one example would be listening to audio
books on your commute, whether you’re driving, walking, whatever. Audiobooks are a good way to make otherwise
useless time more useful, make it work for you. Depending on your board exam you’re studying
for or the clinical rotation, find what’s relevant and use that. Fill in brief moments of downtime with little
bursts of studying. I cannot emphasize this enough, this made
a huge difference not only in my test scores but also in the impression I made on faculty
and residents with my knowledge during clinical rotations. I was shocked by how many Anki cards I could
get done over the course of a day just by doing it when I was waiting in line, waiting
for people, walking between places, those 5-10 cards here and there, they add up quickly
and over the course of a day you will be able to reinforce a lot of that material. That does sound pretty intense and of course
you’re gonna need to figure out what works best for you. I personally did this quite a bit during my
third year clerkships and closer to exams, but to maintain that level constantly might
be a little bit taxing for you, so figure out what works best for you. Alright guys, that’s it for this video. If you have any questions or comments, leave
them below. If you liked the video, make sure to press
Like, hit subscribe and I’ll see you in the next one.

13 thoughts on “How to Study Effectively and Efficiency as a Pre-Med and Medical Student

  1. I really appreciate your channel. I am a 3rd year nursing school student about to start
    lab (clinicals in 2 months! ­čĄô) and your vids on studying help me so much. Thanks always!

  2. I come from Engineering Worth channel, I am an engineer student , and I find this channel very helpful, thank you! Saludos desde Argentina

  3. What do you do when you feel inconfidente. How do i know whats best for me. I used to use this way of studying to make condensed notes but recently has the work load increased so much that I cant even do the make condensed notes, i feel so inconfident.

  4. I'm in medschool, and my classes are usually from 8am to 5:20 pm (sometimes 6:30pm) with a break for lunch, and 10 minutes between each class, so it's very hard for us to manage our time

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