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Will become a 1st year medical student this September hopefully. I heard uni only goes on for 4 hours a day during 1st year, not including the independent study needed alongside it. Now, will I have AT LEAST 2 hours a day to do what I want- so things like messaging friends, chilling and etc. Specifically, are these 2 hours back to back ? Essentially, what I'm asking is that would I be free from time 7pm-9pm or would it be in smaller slots from like 2pm-2:45, 3:32pm-4:00pm and then cumulatively become 2 hours. I would prefer having only one slot from 7pm-9pm rather than little slots. Is this possible during 1st year ? And is it possible for 2nd year too ?
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Med school is cool.
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Med school is cool.
Answers my question. Great. Thanks for the help
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Will become a 1st year medical student this September hopefully. I heard uni only goes on for 4 hours a day during 1st year, not including the independent study needed alongside it. Now, will I have AT LEAST 2 hours a day to do what I want- so things like messaging friends, chilling and etc. Specifically, are these 2 hours back to back ? Essentially, what I'm asking is that would I be free from time 7pm-9pm or would it be in smaller slots from like 2pm-2:45, 3:32pm-4:00pm and then cumulatively become 2 hours. I would prefer having only one slot from 7pm-9pm rather than little slots. Is this possible during 1st year ? And is it possible for 2nd year too ?
There are some teaching sessions it is compulsory to attend at med school, but they are all within a standard working day. The rest of your time is yours to structure as you see fit. You can fit personal study, socialising, eating, chilling, etc into whatever hours suit you, but if you really want to spend a particular 2 hours every day doing something, that will be up to you. University is not going to micromanage your time in the way that school and parents may - you will be considered an adult and left to plan your activities in whatever way you want
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Will become a 1st year medical student this September hopefully. I heard uni only goes on for 4 hours a day during 1st year, not including the independent study needed alongside it. Now, will I have AT LEAST 2 hours a day to do what I want- so things like messaging friends, chilling and etc. Specifically, are these 2 hours back to back ? Essentially, what I'm asking is that would I be free from time 7pm-9pm or would it be in smaller slots from like 2pm-2:45, 3:32pm-4:00pm and then cumulatively become 2 hours. I would prefer having only one slot from 7pm-9pm rather than little slots. Is this possible during 1st year ? And is it possible for 2nd year too ?
I'm not a med student but my cousin was and he said 1st year is a minor and you can afford to muck about but the 2nd and 3rd year is going to be hectic. By the time of your residency it'll just be a game of out performing your peers with no graded tests.
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So I'm a Paramedic Science student right now, about to go into my second year. In my first year, I had 16 hours a week in lectures which included two 3 hour clinical skills sessions. I also had about 15 hours worth of independent study and also revision time to think about ontop of that. That was only my first semester.

My second semester was a little more hectic. I started placement and was doing shift work. 12 hours days and latest (9:00 - 21:00 & 14:30 - 2:30) 2 days, 2 lates, 4 days off whilst working on an assignment at the same time.

As you can probably guess, it really depends what year and semester you're in and what each semester entails. I luckily managed to keep in contact with my friends and kept my relationship with my boyfriend strong (we still managed to go out on dates once every two weeks - Tuesday just had to become the new saturday)

The thing about us med students is we find a way to have a laugh and enjoy ourselves even in the busiest of times. As long as you get your work done and put your course first (remember this is a course where you have a direct effect on people's health!) then I see no reason why you shouldn't be able to work some free time into your schedule. I'd personally encourage you to do so, these courses are so intense you'll need a break.
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Will become a 1st year medical student this September hopefully. I heard uni only goes on for 4 hours a day during 1st year, not including the independent study needed alongside it. Now, will I have AT LEAST 2 hours a day to do what I want- so things like messaging friends, chilling and etc. Specifically, are these 2 hours back to back ? Essentially, what I'm asking is that would I be free from time 7pm-9pm or would it be in smaller slots from like 2pm-2:45, 3:32pm-4:00pm and then cumulatively become 2 hours. I would prefer having only one slot from 7pm-9pm rather than little slots. Is this possible during 1st year ? And is it possible for 2nd year too ?
Almost all of your evenings will be free so it's up to you how you spend your time.

This is such an oddly specific question which is probably why you've gotten so many dopey answers (excepting GANFYD).

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I'm not a med student but my cousin was and he said 1st year is a minor and you can afford to muck about but the 2nd and 3rd year is going to be hectic. By the time of your residency it'll just be a game of out performing your peers with no graded tests.
1st year is definitely not minor. We don't do "residency" in the UK and no one's looking to game or outperform anyone else at work.

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So I'm a Paramedic Science student right now, about to go into my second year. In my first year, I had 16 hours a week in lectures which included two 3 hour clinical skills sessions. I also had about 15 hours worth of independent study and also revision time to think about ontop of that. That was only my first semester.

My second semester was a little more hectic. I started placement and was doing shift work. 12 hours days and latest (9:00 - 21:00 & 14:30 - 2:30) 2 days, 2 lates, 4 days off whilst working on an assignment at the same time.

As you can probably guess, it really depends what year and semester you're in and what each semester entails. I luckily managed to keep in contact with my friends and kept my relationship with my boyfriend strong (we still managed to go out on dates once every two weeks - Tuesday just had to become the new saturday)

The thing about us med students is we find a way to have a laugh and enjoy ourselves even in the busiest of times. As long as you get your work done and put your course first (remember this is a course where you have a direct effect on people's health!) then I see no reason why you shouldn't be able to work some free time into your schedule. I'd personally encourage you to do so, these courses are so intense you'll need a break.
So are you a paramedic science student or a med student? :confused:
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Hey! It totally depends on your course type/year and also on how you choose to organise your time. My course is pre-clinical years 1-3, so I can't comment on placements. I'd imagine that most unis have mostly lectures and practicals in 1st year which are usually within the hours of 9-5 (not necessarily the whole time, most of my days finish at 1/2). I have most evenings free, except for some tutorials (which are only at Oxford/Cambridge I believe). I do have short 1/2 hr breaks during the day as well, and there's definitely time to see friends/nap/play sports etc.
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Almost all of your evenings will be free so it's up to you how you spend your time.

This is such an oddly specific question which is probably why you've gotten so many dopey answers (excepting GANFYD).



1st year is definitely not minor. We don't do "residency" in the UK and no one's looking to game or outperform anyone else at work.



So are you a paramedic science student or a med student? :confused:
I'm a paramedic science student but we follow a very similar timetable to the first semester of med students at my uni because we are med students, just like nurses are.

The only difference between my course and the full medicine course is basically I only have three years and I have placement every year. I just posted my timetable to give you a rough idea of how healthcare courses work in terms of lectures. My dad (who qualified as a doctor 4 years ago) had a very similar timetable to mine
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I'm a paramedic science student but we follow a very similar timetable to the first semester of med students at my uni because we are med students, just like nurses are.
Your other post states you go to Coventry Uni which doesn't have a medical school or medical students...? Regardless, no one refers to nursing students or paramedic science students as "med students" - that's completely misleading. "Med students" refers to medical students who are training to be doctors.

The only difference between my course and the full medicine course is basically I only have three years and I have placement every year. I just posted my timetable to give you a rough idea of how healthcare courses work in terms of lectures. My dad (who qualified as a doctor 4 years ago) had a very similar timetable to mine
:confused:

The difference between your course and a medical degree is that your course teaches you to be a qualified paramedic (not a doctor) i.e. totally different jobs with different skill sets. The course content and teaching is also completely different and not just because of how many years each degree is.

What you're writing doesn't make any sense at all.
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The only difference between my course and the full medicine course is basically I only have three years and I have placement every year. I just posted my timetable to give you a rough idea of how healthcare courses work in terms of lectures. My dad (who qualified as a doctor 4 years ago) had a very similar timetable to mine
I mean, there are lots and lots of differences on top of that. Medical school is totally different from paramedic school.
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Will become a 1st year medical student this September hopefully. I heard uni only goes on for 4 hours a day during 1st year, not including the independent study needed alongside it. Now, will I have AT LEAST 2 hours a day to do what I want- so things like messaging friends, chilling and etc. Specifically, are these 2 hours back to back ? Essentially, what I'm asking is that would I be free from time 7pm-9pm or would it be in smaller slots from like 2pm-2:45, 3:32pm-4:00pm and then cumulatively become 2 hours. I would prefer having only one slot from 7pm-9pm rather than little slots. Is this possible during 1st year ? And is it possible for 2nd year too ?
Sounds like a strange question to me. Is there a reason why you can’t chill and message your friends in 30-45 minute blocks throughout the day if those are the only breaks you get? I don’t know what’s special about 7pm to 9pm every night and why you must have those 2 hours free? You realise that going to university is about getting out of your comfort zone and making a change in your life. You won’t be able to have a daily routine that’s exactly the same as what you do at home. There will be times when you might have to give up those 2 hours every night, during exam time for example.
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The idea that you would always have teaching timetabled 7-9pm... come on, use some critical thinking

It is quite a social time though - if you were always in your room on the internet at that time you'd miss out on a lot.

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There are some teaching sessions it is compulsory to attend at med school, but they are all within a standard working day.
Huh I wish(ed). 7am Sunday was the most antisocial I had. 7pm was a feature on a few occasions! Cambridge, of course, does lectures I think every Saturday.
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The idea that you would always have teaching timetabled 7-9pm... come on, use some critical thinking

It is quite a social time though - if you were always in your room on the internet at that time you'd miss out on a lot.

Huh I wish(ed). 7am Sunday was the most antisocial I had. 7pm was a feature on a few occasions! Cambridge, of course, does lectures I think every Saturday.
It was only one term in second year actually, and I think that may have stopped now as attendance was patchy...
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Hey! I know in first year, it took me quite a while to settle in and I had a ridiculous amount of spare time. Med School (except Cambridge and Oxford because they have some other ideas) tends to finish by 6pm latest. Then the evening is up to you. You will eventually build a plan that works best for you

I wouldn't listen to the people who say you can just chill in your first year though - it's really important to study at any point of your medicine degree!

I hope that helps!
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