Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Study Skills for Medicine - Why is it different?

Group mentoring was on the 24th November 2011 *This is a late post*

  • For the UKCAT/BMAT prepare earlier - At least 6 months before hand.
I got this advice from the year 13s that were there, they've experienced a lot with this whole application thing so I have a lot of respect for them, I understand the hard work needed to do well in your studies as well as doing all the stuff to get into medicine.

  • Hard work + conscientious attitude = Graduation!
Adult education  in medicine
  • Exposure to content (lectures, tutorials and dissection)
  • Learning the content (wider reading & independent study)
  • Apply content (clinical practice or examinations)
Studying medicine
  • Unlike any other academic discipline at university
  • A lot to learn
  • Little time
  • Pressure is intense
  • Cognitive changes
  • Behavioural changes (required by GMC)
  • Assessment driven (roughly every 6 weeks at Kings College University)
  • Even the smartest student has to work hard
  • Attention to detail, critical thinking and conscientiousness.
Some of the details of a normal term at Kings that scared me! (Sept - Oct 2012)
  • 110 Lectures 2 - 6 PER DAY
  • 10 - 15 tutorials 
  • 15 - 30 practicals
  • Interactive learning days
  • They expect you to do 21 hours of independent studying per week
Some revision tips:
  • Don't prepare last minute
  • Read wider and longer!
  • Prepare beforehand
  • Past papers
  • Don't miss lectures (or lessons), you'll miss out on a lot!
I really learnt a lot from this group mentoring! I hope you learnt from my notes too!


Really happy had some great news today, pushing me closer to my medical career!!

So my place volunteering at the hospital has been confirmed, (received the call today) my CRB check came in clean! So I start volunteering in January, I have to get my ID and tabbard in the new year!

Andddd, a few months ago, I applied for the UCL target medicine mentoring scheme. Just checked my email a few minutes ago, I got a space! YIPPEEEE! I'm really happy, I can see that 2012 is going to be a hardworking and exciting year for me. I really thank God for blessing me with these amazing opportunities.

Ermm yeah, so that is what has been happening so far, so basically in 2012, I need to look for work experience ASAP.

I have a feeling that medicine is actually for me, because everything seems to be going really easy for me. I'm really excited for the next year!

In case I dont say guys, Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Its Been A While...

Sorry for no recent updates, I've been soo busy revising for the January exams.
But I will be posting up what I learnt from the last few lectures I haven't put up yet and any recent updates to my journey!