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How can I properly manage my time as a medical student?

What are good tips for revising/studying? How do I make time for it?

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Michel’s Answer

I think making flash cards depending on what you like I personally use Anki and it allows me to remember things for the long term. Many medical schools will have pre made decks or you can use something like Anking figure out what is best for you and do that. I believe studying for a long period of time like a month with shorter hours is always going to be better than cramming which especially does not work well in medical school.
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Raquel’s Answer

Time management will be extremely important throughout medical school. Learning in med school is very different from in undergrad, there are immense amounts of material that you have to learn in short periods of time. So it takes a lot of people some trial and error to figure out what study system works best for them. Knowing how you learn is a good place to start, is attending lectures important for you, or writing out your notes, or doing flashcards. Figuring out the most efficient way you learn will make time management way easier. Med school is a full time job, so you'll be spending a lot of time studying, but it's also important to not let it take over your entire life. I know people who set strict start/stop times for studying, this ensures that they have time to exercise, spend time with friends/family, and maintain hobbies. It's important to take care of yourself so you don't burn out and are able to learn and do your best.
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Madison’s Answer

Great question! I found that planning ahead my study schedule in detail and what my study goals for each day and then each week were very much helped! Breaking it up into a TANGIBLE amount per day also helps and slotting time for important life events you want to attend and planning your study schedule in advanced to account for those really helps and lets you enjoy the time you’re not studying. Making sure your daily goals are actually attainable is important so therefore don’t plan to do 100 lectures worth of material in 2 days. Plan out ahead if you have a test in 2 weeks so to speak and there’s 40 lectures on it, break up how many you want to learn each day in order to not feel overwhelmed daily and then if you want 1-2 days prior to the test to just review overall and be done with each individual lecture material then a lot for that time too so that the day before the test you’re reviewing and not learning new materials. I also found that you should closely plan when you sleep, so if you want to go to sleep early and you don’t focus well at night, plan to get up early before class and study and GO to sleep early!! Sleep is important to actually be focused and comprehend material. If you’re studying and find you’re not truly focused, stop studying and return to it later once you can be more focused. Take breaks when you need them. Plan your eating schedule ahead to some degree.
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Godfrey’s Answer

As a medical student one needs to manage their time well.
You need to balance your time dedicated for class work, person life time dedication should not interfere with class work.
Time management is key as one should always ensure you don't miss lectures, always be in lecture halls in good time,avoid being late,ensure you submit your assignments in good time and avoid late submissions.
Basically time management is key through your medical school to ensure all your course work and practical sessions are going on smoothly.
If one needs to be absent for either lectures or during practical sessions,one need to seek permission from the relevant lecture so as to avoid unexplained absentia.
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Nicolas’s Answer

In order to manage time you have to eliminate time from other things that might take your time. For example, socialization and entertainment. You will be following a rigorous schedule so know that you should really only be eating, studying, and sleeping. Make sure you're in shape going into it too, and that way you can let that wear off as you gain knowledge, but once again gain the advantage in fitness once you're done. By no means is managing time a difficult thing to do if you're disciplined, and I would suggest getting involved in something that would shed your skills and shine light on the information you're learning. A club can be a great idea to compartmentalize your info as needed and when the time is right join. Remember to always cut out things that are redundant in nature like setting an alarm clock or getting groceries and gas which you could get other people to help you with- which would also reduce time.
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