One exam to go!
Here’s a list of books I’ll be reading this summer.
One exam to go!
Here’s a list of books I’ll be reading this summer.
Exam season is well underway, I’ve got 5 exams left and I can’t wait for it to be over!! Seriously, I’m counting down the days. It’s strange knowing I still don’t have an upper-hand in knowing what my preferred revision technique is and its frustrating. I’ve written all my lectures notes for the majority of my modules – with 1 or 2 lectures to complete for a few modules. I then print out my notes, highlight the key information and re-write little summary notes on post-it notes on pages I feel important. After reading the majority of my notes, it’s then implementing the right technique to consolidate the information I find difficult.
So, over the past years, I would make condensed sheet notes for each lecture. I try my best to limit it to only 2 pages (back and front). This year, It’s taking longer than usual to make condensed notes, just because we have more detailed lecture slides and we’re require to go beyond the syllabus and actually read review papers and primary articles as a source of extra reading. Trying to find the best and efficient way to revise – under LIMITED time has been proven somewhat difficult. I’ve been watching a few study videos here and there, and I’ve gaged ACTIVE RECALL seems to be one of the most effective ‘study smart’ techniques to use in revision. To implement this, I’ve decided to go through each lecture again – but re-writing sections I feel are important on either a lined or plan sheet of paper without looking at the lecture to see what I can remember. Obviously, my revision tactic is bound to change for different subject modules. For example, for Advanced Immunology, I think it would be helpful to make A4 posters on each lecture – to have everything at hand to read at once quickly; just because advanced immunology is so detailed and has so many key word and phrases that are a must to know. For clinical pharmacology, I’m hoping to use flashcards or an online version of flashcards, Anki/Quizlet to remember drugs and their actions etc.
Late nights are must around exam season, but I always make sure to go to bed no later than 2AM, to have a more routine wake-up schedule because I don’t want to mess up my sleeping pattern during exams. I usually take power naps during the days, It could be 20 minutes to an 1 hour. My friends/study buddies don’t approve of this. But sometimes when I feel saturated, and have a nap, waking up feel refreshed helps me a lot more in remembering my lectures. But obviously, the nap time naturally declines towards exam day.
This period is obviously a very stressful and challenging time, not only for me but also my friends. By having comfort in the one source of peace, joy, and sound mind, I am assured that by His grace and through Faith that the promises of God upon my life shall come to pass. And it’s as simple as that – by centring Jesus in every aspect of my life, including my education, a burden is lifted off me.
Philippians 4:6-7 ‘Be anxious of nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus’
A lot of students would have secured a job or have something set up in the pipeline following graduation. But this isn’t the case for me. As I was rejected from all my medical school choices, I have no choice but to take a gap year, be productive and re-apply for medical school. There are many opportunities that I could look into; doing a masters degree for 1/2 years, travelling, acquiring more medical-related work experience, or even getting a job in a hospital environment.
At this moment in time, I’m not exactly sure of what I would like to do after I graduate. However, I have started applying for medical related jobs such as a medical laboratory assistant, research scientist, biomedical scientist, but to no avail. This because I have only applied to about 5 jobs as I will be taking a month off sometime in August, and would be best to apply after then.
I am interested in getting a job as it would help me acquire the funds I need to pay for medical tuition fees and living costs as well provide a more current medical-related work experience . But I’m also interested in doing a research internship or a research-based masters, maybe abroad, because of type of physician I hope to be. Getting a research publication under my belt as early possible would be a great advantage to the trajectory I’m looking to take. It’s a lot to think about, but first I should concentrate on my exams, which are clearly of high paramount before deciding on what to do next.
I’ve got 6 exams this term, I have completed my dissertation! Woohoo! And it’s been a whirlwind with education. 3 years has passed by so quickly, I’ve made incredible friends and have learnt a lot about myself in terms of spiritual growth, what motivates in life, my study techniques (which should help in medical school), and who I am striving to be as a child of God. I think going to university has been amazing and a choice I would never regret, as I do love being in education and that’s why I think Medicine is so appealing to me as it requires lifelong learning. I am excited for what the future holds, knowing that God has already gone before me and that his purpose, will and plan for my life will take root. By having this confidence that God’s timing is the best and that everything I need I have already received through faith. I believe that God has greater things installed for each and everyone of us and it requires faith and belief in Him to receive. This doesn’t only apply to the natural aspect, but also with our spiritual relationship with him.
I am the type to have things in place. I hate uncertainty, and It turns out I worry as much as the next person. I believe I am growing not only in my faith but developing as a whole. What’s next for my life, is to be lead by His Spirit.
I cant’ wait for exams to be over and start working!
Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths’
I’m starting again. This time with consistency. I hope
It’s been a while, here’s to a new beginning. AGAIN
I’ll introduce myself again.
Hello, my name is Davida
I am 21 years of age, and I am currently studying biomedical science at Queen Mary University of London.
I am a child of God (Christian).
I am in my third year, and a soon to be graduate. I hope to study medicine in the future especially integrated with scientific research – a clinical physician.
I haven’t blogged in a while because of coursework, work, revision and mainly being lazy. I would like to pick up writing again because I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my medical journey and overall de-stressing from the affairs life.
So where to begin, exam season has officially started. I have about 6 exams to revise for and by God’s grace I’ve already handed in my dissertation (10,000 lab report). My dissertation was definitely the most challenging work I have done in academia, although I loved the research aspect of it. There are things I would love to go back and change in terms of my dissertation work, such as being even more pro-active and basically starting as early as possible. Aside from that, I have achieved a lot over the 3-years at university, one being the founder and president of a new medical society on campus called ‘MEDi’.
I started this society because of the lack of graduate medicine and dentistry information presented by the university and student union societies. I thought why not start a society that solely focused on helping other students with a range of diverse degree backgrounds in getting insightful and helpful information that would build their graduate medicine applications and also form them gain a holistic view on what medicine truly entails. It’s definitely been a bumpy ride as president, but I’ve learnt a lot in terms of working with others to achieve a common goal.
Unfortunately, I did not get into medical school this year. But this does not deter me from my vision and goal. Yes, I was disappointed with the outcome – but all in all it’s an opportunity for me to grow and acquire even more opportunities to build my application.
So here’s to my medical journey.
Hebrews 11:6 ‘ But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’