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Complete loss of self-discipline in terms of studying? watch

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    I'm a first year medical student and I've generally been okay with studying up until this point. I want to study but when I take my books out, it takes about ten minutes for me to lose the will to live and just start looking at anything and everything but my books.

    My mum came to visit my in halls for three days where i had a break as I only went to lectures and studied about half an hour to one hour on most days. She went yesterday and I did about two hours of work and I've done about two hours today but because I fell behind while she was here, I need to catch up but i just cannot concentrate.

    Anyone know what i should do?

    you must have had good study skills to get into medical school ?
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    hey, I'm not a first year medic but I can assume there's a lot of work involved - i find that it usually helps to take a step back, relax, and remember why you've chosen this course. If you can get through this, you can do anything man! Think of everyone who said you couldn't do it, and how proud your parents are, the fact that you've gotten this far. Hopefully this serves enough as motivation. I know someone who took a whole day off, just doing everything, sports, socialising or just watching films, a whole day off so that she could reboot her study schedule and to help her get back on track. However I'd only recommend this if you're really sure you'd be able to get back to work afterwards. Also remember to reward yourself after studying and take frequent breaks.Good Luck!!
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    I like to use something called a pomodoro timer - it helps you split your work into more manageable slots. So instead of saying 'Ok, I'm going to sit down and study for the next 5 hours and I will learn everything I need to know about anatomy ." You should instead time yourself and say "Ok I have a half hour to learn a specific topic and after that I will give myself a 10 minute break". Continue with this , after your 10 minute break spend another half hour on specific topics. I'd also recommend making a realistic revision time table bearing in mind that you can't cover everything in one night . This should help add more structure and organisation to your revision and ultimately make it seem less daunting.

    I hope you find these vaguely helpful and don't lose too much sleep , I can only imagine the amount of revision expected of medical students
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