We shouldn’t study hard at the expense of our own health. Here I share content on how I consistently ranked overall first place each year during medical school and my undergraduate degree without sacrificing my mental health, sleep or social life.
Study smarter not harder! Academic excellence at medical school doesn’t mean you have to forfeit all your spare time to constant studying. Too often, students get burnt out from revising too hard without having enough down time. I was able to consistently rank first at medical school by unlocking and leveraging more time in my days, and studying differently to my peers.
It allowed me to study smarter, not harder and achieve consistent results over both my time in medical school and my undergraduate degree in biomedical science. I share exactly how in all the blogs on this page! I hope it helps.
But this is more than just exam performance… I hope that the habits shared in this collection will help you to unlock more time and freedom around your student life. My hope is that building effective study habits will free you up, giving you plenty of opportunities to create the memories of university life that’ll stay with you forever.
Why academic performance matters.
We all know that in-of-itself, stellar academic performance doesn’t equate to being a caring, conscientious doctor. That being said, academic performance is the standard that we’re all compared against. Although it may feel flawed, our exam performance will have an impact on our lives; most notably where we end up working after medical school, and any other competitive opportunity during medical school.
Working smarter not harder can be learned. I didn’t get into medical school on my first try. I went through the route of biomedical science before graduate entry medical school at Barts Medical School (London). I just peaked a little later. Through my time at university I ranked at the top of my year for 6 years. I was able to do this without suffering burnout, whilst having 8 hours of sleep every night and without my personal relationships suffering. How? By unlocking more time in my day and building effective study habits that made it easy for me to study with clarity and intention. Here I want to show you how.
Who is this for?
Ive created this guide for all medical students – those who want to unlock high-yield study habits that’ll help you perform as best as you can at medical school, without having to forfeit having a social life and down time. Unfortunately, burnout and mental health problems are common at medical school – I hope that sharing these study habits will help you to reach the level of academic performance you strive to achieve, whilst protecting your downtime.
Protecting mental health…
Unfortunately, this sort of content tends to attract the haters. Particularly in the UK for some reason, we have a culture where those who talk about their achievements are labelled as braggers. I do hope those are not the feelings being triggered in you right now. I want nothing more than to share a skillset – the intention of this content is to support as many students as possible to do well at medical school whilst protecting themselves from burnout.
💯The Complete Guide.
Below you’ll find the overall guide. I quickly realised that I could delve deeper on many of the topics. Further down the page you’ll find a series of spin offs from this main article!
How I Consistently Ranked Top of the Year at Medical School: A Guide to Studying Smarter Not Harder.
Study smarter not harder and protect yourself from burnout.
🍴Get ready to binge.
Here you’ll find all the spin offs from the main article…
Introduction Medical school is tough. With a never ending supply of content, all-year-round exams and the toll of attending hospital placements, it is no wonder that…
Introduction I often get asked what resources Id recommend to do well at medical school – well here’s the comprehensive list that helped me rank first…
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