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What are tips to balance free time and studying during Med school?

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Richard’s Answer

Treat school like a job. Get up early, get to work and when your work is done at the end of the day, you can spend time on social life or organizations

Time management is key. Between lecture, lab and studying, the first 2 years will be grueling. Make sure to leave time for yourself to exercise, eat right and even some socializing.
There will be times during 3rd and 4th year when you will be frustrated by your continued lack of skills and knowledge but just remember that there will be plenty of time to master your specialty during residency.
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Pulkit’s Answer

What really works for me always is a routine.
So you should try and make a routine and trust me, you are the best judge for it. Only you know as per your work, that you have an hour of free time and hours of free time.

Also, if you have a routine, you have a reason, a challenge, and that will eventually help you to develop short term and long term goals.

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Alicia’s Answer

When getting my AAS in Medical Lab Technology I worked two jobs, for my BS in Healthcare Administration I worked full time. I always gave myself a cut off time for homework and a personal day. Your time in Med School may be a lot less flexible compared to my time in school but you know how your body works. You know how many hours of sleep you need and you know where and when you can be more productive on a daily basis. Keep it real with yourself and stay focused, you made it this far.

Alicia recommends the following next steps:

Give yourself a day a week or every other week to "clock out" and do something you enjoy.
Study materials will be there the next day, don't stress and miss out on the sleep you need.
Remember to eat good food, stay away from the junk, it makes you more groggy.
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