Thank you. My motivation is what inspired me to study/practise hard, because I suppose I live in fear of not attaining the career I want lol. I think it is healthy to have a bit of controlled fear because it can certainly motivate you. At least it did for me. I was scared of not being able to do the day job I want, scared of the prospect of finding myself in a job I just hated and had no passion for which in turn would just make my life miserable. I think if you achieve your dream job, then better quality of life will follow. So I certainly used this as a driving force behind my motivation and determination. Of course I actually need to get into medical school next.
Energy levels are a bit different because whilst you may be driven, that may not excuse the fact that you are physically and mentally fatigued. So during important study periods, I made sure that I had time to relax and had a break from the material. For example, going to the gym. Taking a break and doing something you enjoy rejuvenates you and keeps you fresh. If you’re studying for 10 hours straight each day and not having adequate breaks, you’re going to burn out very quickly. So it was super important for me that I kept myself mentally able to actually study and absorb information. I know some of this may sound cliche but it does genuinely make a huge difference. You are mentally burnt out if you find yourself going through the motions but not actually taking in information, then it’s time to stop and relax.
I would say I owe most of my academic success to having structure. I am not one of those people who can just decide there and then what to study and reap any benefits of if. I like to have a plan of what I need to study and when I’m going to study it. Of course life happens, things get in the way etc, but having some structure is important so you’re learning all the material you need too and you can get yourself in the right mindset ahead of time knowing what you need to prepare for.
Lastly I like to take advantage of all the wonderful resources there are out there. No matter the subject, there are websites, videos, books and other platforms that can assist you with learning. I would say I use books the least but that’s just personal preference because I learn better from more interactive sources like videos. For example if you’re studying Biology, don’t just rely on one source. Let’s say you’re learning about cell functions as an example. I would do some brief reading on reputable websites to paint a picture and get a brief idea of the concepts, but then I may supplement that with videos on YouTube which help visually understand them. There are then of course a great number of online platforms (some free and some paid) which provide Q Banks on the subject, flashcards and educational videos etc. So whatever I am trying to learn I will attack from multiple angles until I fully understand it. This also helped me mentally because it kept me stimulated.
Of course everybody is different and certain things may work better for other people than yourself. These are just what help me during study and they are in no way a guaranteed methodology. It sounds obvious but make sure you’re getting enough sleep. There are enough hours during the day for you to study and revise. Don’t be one of those people who study for like 15 hours straight till silly o’clock in the morning, and then wake up late the next day feeling groggy or like you’ve been hit by a truck. Don’t study right up until you go to sleep either, you need to time to switch off, otherwise you’ll be tossing and turning whilst your brain is still heavily ticking away.
Hope some of this helps and good luck with your medical school application.