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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Let us finally put this argument to rest; Books or Videos? A common question among students. Especially with the advent of COVID-19, we have seen a switch to online classes. There is a diversity of aspects to compare before you decide which is better for you; books or videos? Is there one right answer to this that I can give you? NO. We all are different, and we all have different learning process. While some may prefer the feel of the hardbound book, the smell of the pages and the beauty of annotating and highlighting text; others may prefer being time-efficient, and quick reviews of videos before an exam. But what if you are in between?
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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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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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*Disclaimer: This post is mostly about MBBS in Eastern European countries. Nothing mentioned in the post is intended to be generalised to all the universities/countries or the people living there.
“MBBS abroad” what is the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear this? To me, the utter contemplation of pursuing MBBS outside of India sounds daunting because of the stereotypes. What if the MBBS universities outside India are just fraud? What if the agencies are trapping me into a scam to pursue MBBS abroad? What will people say if they find I am pursuing my MBBS degree in another country? A lot of ‘what’, ‘if’ and ‘but’…
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