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    After applying for the third time in a row and taking two gap years following sixth form, I was fortunate enough to get a couple unconditionals earlier this year. Of course, I am extremely excited to start the course and can't wait to get back into studying but I am also very worried about starting such a demanding course after taking a two year break from anything academic (except the UKCAT if that even counts).

    Just looking through my A Level notes and essays, I feel like I've not only forgotten so much but it's almost like I've forgotten how to study(?!?). The essays that I've written look incredible and I don't think I would be able to write anything close to that standard now, which is worrying since the standards that are expected at med school should be the same if not higher!

    I have gained a lot of valuable skills and experiences these past two years which I'm sure will be very beneficial (communication, teamwork, understanding what it's really like to work with patients and staff as part of my job, etc) but academically, I don't feel as prepared as I would have been if I got the offers during year 13.

    Just wondering if anyone has any similar experience or perhaps advice?
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    If you got an unconditional then the uni's clearing think you're capable and I would suggest you spend the rest of the summer looking back at Alevel chem and bio and I'm sure it'll all come back to you. Congrats on getting into medicine though ; just shows you shouldn't give up
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    (Original post by Mehhhh)
    After applying for the third time in a row and taking two gap years following sixth form, I was fortunate enough to get a couple unconditionals earlier this year. Of course, I am extremely excited to start the course and can't wait to get back into studying but I am also very worried about starting such a demanding course after taking a two year break from anything academic (except the UKCAT if that even counts).

    Just looking through my A Level notes and essays, I feel like I've not only forgotten so much but it's almost like I've forgotten how to study(?!?). The essays that I've written look incredible and I don't think I would be able to write anything close to that standard now, which is worrying since the standards that are expected at med school should be the same if not higher!

    I have gained a lot of valuable skills and experiences these past two years which I'm sure will be very beneficial (communication, teamwork, understanding what it's really like to work with patients and staff as part of my job, etc) but academically, I don't feel as prepared as I would have been if I got the offers during year 13.

    Just wondering if anyone has any similar experience or perhaps advice?
    A lot of gap year students feel this way so you will not be alone when starting the course, other people will feel like you. It will all come back to you when you go to med school, you will learn how to study again to suit you (studying in medical school is very different to Alevels anyway because there is much more to learn, so you will be developing new study techniques anyway).

    My best advice is just to go over Alevel notes like your doing for Human biology, if your really desperate to gain an understanding before medical school starts to try and regain the knowledge then this is a great way, but you dont have to. You will go over all the basics you need when you get there, and if you are ever stuck on something which required prior knowledge then fellow students and lecturers are always willing to help.

    Congrats and best of luck in medical school
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    I wouldnt even go over your notes, seriously! A levels are about teaching you how to think and study, which I know you say you have forgotten but you havent really! Enjoy your time off. You are going to be stressed out for many years to come. The best advice I can offer you is to relax. The stuff you will be revising will either be irrelevant or covered at length in first year anyway. Have a beer now while you still can!
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    (Original post by Mehhhh)
    After applying for the third time in a row and taking two gap years following sixth form, I was fortunate enough to get a couple unconditionals earlier this year. Of course, I am extremely excited to start the course and can't wait to get back into studying but I am also very worried about starting such a demanding course after taking a two year break from anything academic (except the UKCAT if that even counts).

    Just looking through my A Level notes and essays, I feel like I've not only forgotten so much but it's almost like I've forgotten how to study(?!?). The essays that I've written look incredible and I don't think I would be able to write anything close to that standard now, which is worrying since the standards that are expected at med school should be the same if not higher!

    I have gained a lot of valuable skills and experiences these past two years which I'm sure will be very beneficial (communication, teamwork, understanding what it's really like to work with patients and staff as part of my job, etc) but academically, I don't feel as prepared as I would have been if I got the offers during year 13.

    Just wondering if anyone has any similar experience or perhaps advice?
    Hi Mehhhh

    Firstly congratulations on your unconditional offer... that is fantastic and well done for you persistence.

    The fact that you have had an unconditional offer clearly shows that you are very capable. It is completely normal to feel like you do and there will be many students in the same situation, so please try not to worry.

    If you feel like you would like to get your brain going again, you could start by reading some books. I am happy to recommend a few if you would like?

    In the meantime, you could have a look though some of our free blogs to get some tips from other people.

    I am sure once you start, you'll be amazed at how quickly you get back into studying.

    Do give me a shout if I can help any further.

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