The musings of a final year medical student

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Keep calm and be organised

This week has been great. Neurosensory test out of the way, good hospital appointment and I had such a lovely time at home with my family. We went out to an amazing curry house that we haven't been to before and it was the best curry I've ever had! I had a lovely mushroom and halloumi starter (can't remember the name) and an aubergine bhol I think it was called, with pilau rice. Afterwards they gave us complimentary cocktails that were mango and rose flavour - amazing!

Anyways, I wanted to talk about being organised. One of the mistakes I made last year was being so disorganised, always leaving projects to the last minute. This term I have been constantly writing lists on my phone and in my black Moleskine notebook, and it has helped so much. I have been able to look ahead in my diary, see which days I am busy and when I'm free. It allows me to find time to get all my work done well in advance and still be able to go out and relax. 

I've also been making flashcards as I go throughout the modules, as it's a really quick way to jot down new information and will help with exam revision later down the line. 

So today I had some of my anatomy pre-reading and a big tidy up. I feel so much less stressed when I've planned stuff out, and I feel relieved knowing that I have time to get everything done. 

I think to pass medical school you need to have a 'little and often' attitude to work; I'm not spending whole days covering 10 lectures at a time, but doing something manageable everyday allows me to learn the new information fully and still get everything done. 

Looking forward to placement tomorrow, but have no idea what to expect! 


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