It will be fair to say that the amount of information in high school can be compared with a spring, college looks like a river and medical school is a sea. Hardly surprising, first-years make many mistakes trying to deal with that amount of information.  Here are some pieces of advice how to avoid them and save time and nerves:

·         Build support network at school. There is no need to dedicate 24/7 to studying – that won’t make for a good studying.  It is essential to stay connected to friends and family outside school and attend activities outside school.

·         Unlike students in other colleges, first-years can’t take part-time jobs and still be successful in studies. Usually it takes from 40 to 60 hours studying in a week to get A’s.  At least a few months into a school year you have to dedicate to school only to see the requirements of the study and your own possibilities to cope with it.

·         Do not rely on the experience of the parents-physicians. When parents were students they had to memorize overwhelming amount of information. Nowadays the approach to studying has changed – students are learning to manage the information, not to learn by heart.

·         Do not select a practice area. Do not pay attention to all questioning you what kind of doctor you want to be. Do not make rush decisions. The practice shows that the later you will make a decision, the more efficient and correct it will be, as it will be based on your own experience, knowledge and position. After all, you will have plenty of time to look about and decide what way it is the most appropriate and interesting to you. 

·         Take care of yourself. Do not forget about yourself when studying. Develop healthy habits, get enough sleep, eat healthy fresh food and do exercises. Learning how to save health of other people do not neglect your own. There is a long road to desired Doctor title, do not complicate it for yourself. And useful habits that you will develop, will help you to make life easier.