I’m having a case of the Mondays, so therefore I decided to procrastinate studying for a few minutes…
I remember my first day of class and my white coat ceremony. It was the beginning of a life long adventure that is still continuing. I had a rough transition to medical school – coming from a background of pure business, I had an advantage in talking to patients as well as professors and other colleagues. On the other hand, I had to learn a lot about how to tackle science classes and excel. I’m still a work in progress, but I’m getting there!
1). Learn how you study.
2). Cramming is NOT an option.
3). Get copies of old exams.
4). Be positive and motivated.
5). You are not a doctor… yet.
6). Don’t forget the people that matter.
7). Setting aside time to relax is OK.
8). Organization is key.
9). Be nice to everyone.
10). Study in groups every so often.
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So, it’s the big day. You walk into your exam venue with your heart in your throat. You can barely breathe as you sit down for your exam. You fumble with your power cord and pen as you get situated. Your breathing rate increases and you can feel your palms start to sweat. If this sounds like you, you might have exam anxiety.
It’s natural to have some degree of nervousness going into an important exam, but it’s crucial you know how to calm yourself properly. Here are my 5 ways to stop exam anxiety:
1). Take a deep breath.
Three to be exact. Take three deep breaths. Inhale completely and hold it for a moment and then release. If you find your nervousness starts to come back, repeat the deep breathing.
2). Grip your chair.
While seated grab the seat of your chair and grip it as hard as you can and release. This helps you focus on something else and helps relieve tension.
3). Get to your exam venue EARLY.
Nothing will make you more anxious than being late. Make sure you set plenty of alarms and get there early!
4). Think positive thoughts.
My mantra is usually “I’m not missing more than ten because I’m going to get an A on this. I’ve worked hard, I put in the time and I know my material very well. I’m more than prepared. Now it’s time for me to show what I know.”
5). Avoid stress pots.
You know exactly what I’m talking about. The student that is sweating bullets, still trying to review material minutes before walking into the exam. Don’t just walk, RUN away from these people. You do NOT need their anxious energy.
Best of luck on your exams!!!
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Often your tasks will be many,
And more than you think you can do.
Often the road will be rugged
And the hills insurmountable too.
But always remember, the hills ahead
Are never as steep as they seem,
With faith in your heart climb upward
And continue to reach for your dreams.
For nothing in life that is worthy,
Is ever too hard to achieve.
If you have the courage to do it
While maintaining your faith and believe.
For faith is a force that is greater
Than knowledge or power or skill,
And many defeats turn to triumph,
If you trust in your wisdom and will.
For faith is a mover of mountains.
There’s nothing that you cannot do,
So start out today with belief in your heart
And climb until your dreams comes true.
– Helen Steiner Rice
Everyday is a struggle when I wake up for Med School, but Pocahontas has a simple, fall out of bed, kind of look…
When someone tries to tell Pocahontas something she doesn’t know…
When someone knows a concept better than Pocahontas…
Sometimes it happens and she gets a bad grade on a test…
And she feels like running off the nearest cliff…
But then she remembers she’s a princess and Med School isn’t that serious…
She puts us all to shame…
24 hours before a big exam. What to do… well don’t panic. Hopefully by now you’ve put in the time, studied the material, reviewed multiple times, practiced questions, participated in study groups and are moving towards mastery.
1). Organization is the key to success.
Plan your day accordingly – schedule breaks, group study sessions and self study time appropriately. Write it down!
2). Light Full Review.
I always do an entire review the day before an exam. I start early in the morning and work through all of the lectures. I also put specific time limits on each lecture to make sure I get through everything.
It’s the night before a big test – you know your material- you’ve been reviewing it the entire semester. Focus on picking out a few minute details and take it easy.
4). Talk to a calming loved one.
Do not call someone who is going to add extra stress to your plate. Always call someone who is in your corner and wants to succeed – preferably a positive, motivating person.
5). Go to sleep early.
This is extremely important. I’ve found that I perform so much better on an exam when I sleep versus pulling an all-nighter. I have an easier time understanding the questions and choosing a correct answer.