There are copious questions about note-taking and a handful more regarding digital note-taking. In today’s high tech world, we are moving ahead with technology incorporated into our everyday life. Phones, tablets, laptops are everywhere with us. It would be unjust if we do not appreciate that technology has made the magnitude of our work easier. For students, the recent trend is to take notes digitally. Well, apart from fitting into the trends, are digital notes really helpful? If yes, then how?
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I always think that if I get a chance to go back and change some things about my first year of medical school, what would I want to do differently? I have the answer to this question now. We spend a virtuous proportion of time from our life in medical school; I think it is one of the longest career paths. These years hold importance in sculpting great doctors and also have a significant impact on your personal life. Realistically every individual experiences a plethora of emotions through these years. Especially when you are just starting off in the first year. Whether it is the new city, the busy hospital, the mess food, or the completely new subjects to study, there is a lot to figure out. Nobody has everything sorted out since day 1 unless you have a family of doctors. I know that you will learn a lot in your first year from your own experiences. Well, experiences teach you the best life lessons. However, there are a few things that I want to give out straight to you. These are the most crucial mistakes that you should definitely avoid at the start of your first year of Medical School.
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If you have been following me for a while, you must be aware of the free Anki with S2S session that I conducted recently. In this article, I will give all the insights and behind the scenes for the session. Before we get into the detail, let me just give a brief about what is Anki? Anki is a free flashcards application that uses spaced repetition for a long-lasting memory. You can find a lot about Anki on various forums and Youtube videos. On one hand, it is a blessing to have all the information available in a single click. However, on the other hand, the same reason makes it complex to get started with anything. The same goes for Anki; you can use it up to the coding level or keep it plain and simple. To give a break to the endless noise around Anki, I thought to take a stride further.
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MBBS university exams are about to start in a few weeks. Most likely, this month most of the MBBS student around the country are combating the Pre-University exams. A good proportion of both the exams is the practical/ clinical exams as well. In my previous posts I have talked about the university exams in detail, but the practical exam were left to be covered separately in a series of articles. So, with this article I am trying to give you a list of free resources for the practical exams during MBBS. I have tried to compile all the high yield resources and sorted them for your ease. Specially! considering that most of the classes this year were virtual, you might not have had the chance to learn through live classes. Thus, the below resources are a mix of documents, slides and videos to give you the best learning experience. I hope that this could be of help for you. In the second part of this post, I will discuss about how to prepare for the practical exams.
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Stress, anxiety, nervousness, tension, hardships, restlessness, Imposter syndrome, crunch, fear.. etc., etc… You must be strongly feeling some of these emotions when you are near the exam. I am someone similar to you. Just the word exam has some negative connotation attached to it. Even if you are a gold medalist, there is some form of stress you are dealing with during the exam season. In fact, with my experience, I can say that for a competitive student, the stress levels increase even further. Even now if I am close to any exam, there is some kind of nervousness. The degree of the stress may vary, but it persists. Let me start by sharing a story; I was once asked to write a paper for a literature student, who was visually challenged. In this exam, I was supposed to sit with her in the exam hall and write whatever she dictated to me. That sounds simple, right? It is not my exam, and I just have to write down what she says, no pressure! Even then I was worried about a gazillion things – What if my writing speed is slow?; What if I didn’t put the correct punctuations?; What if my handwriting was not acceptable?; What if the spellings were wrong? What if I fall sick during the exam? … blah.. blah.. blah!
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