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    I applied to medicine last year and didn't manage to get in so I took a gap year and decided to apply again.

    This year I GOT IN 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽💃🏽 💃🏽💃🏽

    I start the course in September and now I really don't feel as prepared as I would have been if I got accepted straight after yr 13. I know a lot of people take a gap year and re apply for medicine. I only have two months left and I want to make sure I'm up to date to give the course my 100%.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO IN THE COMING MONTHS TO PREPARE ?!
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    Woooow well done!!! That's amazing!

    Not sure but you could try doing some past papers for Chemistry and Biology A2? You'lol probably be fine though.


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    (Original post by Vashappeninkira)
    Hi
    I applied to medicine last year and didn't manage to get in so I took a gap year and decided to apply again.

    This year I GOT IN 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽💃🏽 💃🏽💃🏽

    I start the course in September and now I really don't feel as prepared as I would have been if I got accepted straight after yr 13. I know a lot of people take a gap year and re apply for medicine. I only have two months left and I want to make sure I'm up to date to give the course my 100%.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO IN THE COMING MONTHS TO PREPARE ?!
    I personally wouldnt advise doing anything to strenuous because you will be dealing with a high workload and a lot of stress in medical school, hence its nice going into it with a fresh relaxed mind, if you work in the summer before to much you may find you burnout quicker.

    If you really want to go over things, go back over the human biology portions of the Alevel biology such as Kidneys, the heart and circulation, the lungs and respiration as well as some biochemistry such as cellular respiration and genetic code. This stuff will all be covered during medical schools preclinical topics and if you want to study anything do this.

    If you start trying to teach yourself out of medicine textbooks you will find the information may be confusing, you may end up going into to much or to little depth and there are no tutors there to help you get to grips with anything you dont understand, so it may leave you feeling confused, hence why I wouldn't recommend doing that.

    Have a refresh of Alevel biology knowledge and then you may feel more on-par knowledge wise with people who came straight from school. But trust me when I say many come from gap years so if you chose not to do any work remember others will also have done the same.

    Best of luck in medical school and congratulations on gaining a place!
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    watch medicine lectures on youtube
    Please do not do this, even some medical students cannot keep up with the lectures they are given because they are taught within a curriculum which requires deeper prior knowledge. This may just lead you into confusion when you start.

    If you insist on wanting to do a little more than Alevels then Khan academies videos on medicine are great, but they cover a lot of the medical schools curriculum in detail, so I would recommend going over videos of topics you have already covered at A2 instead of divulging on new information as at least then you will have the prior knowledge required to understand some of it.
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    (Original post by Vashappeninkira)
    Hi
    I applied to medicine last year and didn't manage to get in so I took a gap year and decided to apply again.

    This year I GOT IN 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽💃🏽 💃🏽💃🏽

    I start the course in September and now I really don't feel as prepared as I would have been if I got accepted straight after yr 13. I know a lot of people take a gap year and re apply for medicine. I only have two months left and I want to make sure I'm up to date to give the course my 100%.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO IN THE COMING MONTHS TO PREPARE ?!
    Hi there,

    Well done! How exciting! Lots of users have said above that you should brush up on your A level curriculum. We would definitely recommend this. Try and read through your revision notes or books. Hopefully it will call come flooding back.

    As many students will be in the same situation as you with a gap year under their belts, their medical A level science knowledge may also be a little rusty. Therefore try not to worry. You won't be the only one.

    What you can do however (as well as brushing up on your A level stuff) is get reading some fun medical papers or books. This will get your brain in gear and ready for learning so that when term time comes, your mind will be like a sponge!

    Try reading Richard Lehman's weekly review on the BMJ. It's funny and has a scientific backdrop to give you a little insight into your future academic life.

    Also, we've got a fantastic Medicine reading list in our free blog. Just click on that link to check it out!

    We hope this helps,
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    (Original post by Vashappeninkira)
    Hi
    I applied to medicine last year and didn't manage to get in so I took a gap year and decided to apply again.

    This year I GOT IN 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽💃🏽 💃🏽💃🏽

    I start the course in September and now I really don't feel as prepared as I would have been if I got accepted straight after yr 13. I know a lot of people take a gap year and re apply for medicine. I only have two months left and I want to make sure I'm up to date to give the course my 100%.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO IN THE COMING MONTHS TO PREPARE ?!
    Hi Vashappeninkira

    Congratulations on getting into medical school!

    Please do try not to worry, there will be many students in exactly the same position as you, who are all probably feeling just the same.

    My advice would be to not get into anything too heavy over the coming months. You will have plenty of time for that once your course starts. I'm sure you'll be amazed at how quickly it all comes back to you once you get started. Some reading to keep your mind on the topic is certainly a good idea. I'm happy to recommend some books if you would like?

    Do let me know if you would like me to to send you a few ideas for books to get stuck into.

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    (Original post by Vashappeninkira)
    Hi
    I applied to medicine last year and didn't manage to get in so I took a gap year and decided to apply again.

    This year I GOT IN 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽💃🏽 💃🏽💃🏽

    I start the course in September and now I really don't feel as prepared as I would have been if I got accepted straight after yr 13. I know a lot of people take a gap year and re apply for medicine. I only have two months left and I want to make sure I'm up to date to give the course my 100%.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO IN THE COMING MONTHS TO PREPARE ?!
    Hi firstly congratulations on getting in !!!!

    I also took a gap year before starting. One point I want to make and I can't begin to stress this enough to you is that you need to make the most of the time off. This is one of the regrets I had for first year because you won't get time off now until Christmas and even during Christmas you will be revising or have work in your mind. Basically until next summer your mind will be occupied and you WILL miss this free time, I can assure you.

    Also getting into medical school is a serious achievement but once you start you'll begin to realize that the real challenge now is to survive because it's a very different environment to A levels. I think we have around 10 or more people drop out first term and I'm not surprised.

    Maybe find a place to work or volunteer or if anything just chill-out. Trust me you will NOT BE disadvantaged because you took a year out. What you learn in medical school slightly builds upon your knowledge of A level Biology. The volume of information is soo great that you can't cover the content on your own and you wouldn't know how to revise properly as the learning style is very different than just reading a CGP guide and doing past papers.

    Again no matter how much I tell you this, medical students will always have this false illusion in their mind that all their classmates are really academic and they need to be prepared and hence people make the mistake of wasting money purchasing revision books. Seriously DONT do this. They have all the books you need in the library and the 2nd years can often recommend which ones are worth buying and only once you start can you really know yourself.

    So trust me you DONT need to prepare anything apart from getting your accomodation,finance and anything else required sorted and you are NOT going to be disadvantaged because you took a year out, some people I know even took a few years out before starting.

    Just relax
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    Hi futuremedic19,
    Desperately in need of your advice. I have sent you a pm.
    Thank you, in hope
 
 
 
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