New to Med/Nursing School? Here are a few tips to get you started
If you recently received an offer for Med/Nursing School, congratulations on choosing such an intense and continuously advancing career! Although your studies in Medical/Nursing school can be quite heavy at times, your years at the university will surely be enjoyable.
Whether you’re just about to start university for the first time, or you’re returning after two or three months of summer break, here are some helpful tips on how to start the new term with the aim to succeed.
Ensure everything is sorted before you start university. Handling stuff such as accommodation, finances, visas (if studying abroad) and study materials early on will prevent you from experiencing unneeded stress once you start your studies.
Improve on Time Management
The best way to succeed in university is to use your time efficiently by scheduling. A useful way to do this is by getting a planner or downloading an app like Google Calendar, where you can add all of your activities. Start off by adding the most important activities first such as your college classes, and then prioritize your weekly activities. Structuring your time into blocks will become extremely helpful particularly around final exams.
Reset Your Sleep Schedule
Over the summer months, you may have slept late, stayed up all night or had lie-ins. However, it is a good idea to work on your sleep hygiene. Sleep deprivation has been shown to have negative consequences such as poor mood or inability to concentrate, acne breakouts and even weight gain. Returning to a healthy routine by avoiding looking at your phone before bed, sleeping at the same time daily, and avoiding caffeine in the evenings can help. Your body will thank you for it.
Learn to Cook
If you don’t know how to do so already, learning to cook is one of the most beneficial things you can do, both for your health and your finances. Perhaps ask a friend to show you how to cook certain meals, or even better, if you live with roommates, decide on who cooks on certain days. There are also a number of YouTube videos that can be of great help.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
If you have any questions you don’t have the answer to, or you need some support, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone. Many universities have academic supports if you need study tips, advice on how to improve your grades or peer mentored teaching. Student welfare officers can also provide some guidance during your time in uni if needed, with social problems. You can also reach out to your professors, lecturers, and your classmates.
Make friends with senior students in your course who have gone through what you will be expected to do as part of your studies. They will be quite valuable for advice and tips on how to manage your coursework. Online student forums can also be of benefit.
Most importantly, have fun!
This may be difficult if you’re not sure of what to expect. Being in a different environment with new people can seem daunting, and the workload may not make things easier, but the university will be one of the best experiences of your life. Make mistakes, but learn from those mistakes. Make sure to have fun, try something new you’ve always wanted to, and socialize. The people you will be surrounded by will not only be your future colleagues, but also your future friends.
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Ola is a medical student at The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI).