Hey guys sorry I haven’t posted in a while!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year. I just started my second year so I figured before I get super busy I should do a quick post. I’ve gotten a few questions about the way I use my First Aid 2017 book (aka med school bible) and what type of resources I used during my first year.
For my first semester, I only used Grey’s Anatomy (not the show – lol) and watched a lot of Dr. Najeeb videos. I found them to be very detailed; I am a super picky/detail-oriented learner so it was the perfect fit for me. Just a heads up though, in order to actively follow along with the lectures, watch videos, and read textbooks, you have to be very good at time management. Because a typical Dr. Najeeb video will take at least 1 hour; getting through your professor’s lectures take 30 – 40 mins (if you do Najeeb videos first) and the readings can take anywhere between 2 – 4 hours. So in order to do this most days you have to be very disciplined. Also, watching Dr. Najeeb videos at 1.25x – 1.75x speed definitely helps! This was my typical routine during my first semester.
During my second semester, I bought my First Aid 2017 book and also bought the Becker question bank. I changed my routine a little this time because I had more courses in my second semester. Therefore, I didn’t have time to keep up with readings and videos for all my courses. The Becker question bank was really helpful because once I was done a topic I would just do practice questions and it was a great way to review and see my strengths and weakness while at the same time solidifying my learning for that section. I really like Becker because the explanations they provided for the questions are easy to understand and detailed. I incorporated my First Aid 2017 by using it as a review once I covered that specific topic (i.e physiology of the cardiovascular system) then I would go over cardio in my First Aid 2017 and sometimes add new information which I feel is important, or add simple explanations of complicated concepts.
First Aid 2017
I know all these things may seem excessive initially (well it did to me); but once you get started and do it for a while, it becomes routine and no longer feels like a chore. Once something is a habit; it no longer feels like you need to be motivated to study and the initial difficulty to force yourself to sit down to study gradually fades away. Studying just becomes a norm in your life.
On average if a person does something for 21 days in a row it becomes a habit (Dr. Maxwell Maltz). During my undergrad, I learned this and it kind of inspired me. For example when I wanted to start going to the gym; I kept telling myself I just have to be consistent for 21 days and then it won’t be hard. To be honest, THIS IS COMPLETELY TRUE FOR ME! It’s been 5 years and my day feel incomplete when I don’t workout and I actually lost 40 pounds in my first two years (so that was definitely motivating as well)! With the time I put into medicine I am not as consistent as I used to be but I still try to make time for it as well. I feel like I am getting off topic; so I’ll save the working out part for another blog – lol.
Anyways, I have the tendency to write and write and write… so I’ll wrap this blog post up. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that what works for me may not work for everyone else. This is just a brief outline of my study routine. I hope this was at least a little helpful, and please feel free to ask any more questions ☺! Once again, thank you for visiting my blog and good luck to all of us!
– Annmary. B