Be Productive This Christmas And Get Into Medical School

Admissions

2019-12-23

If you’re amongst the lucky and have free time over Christmas but need a hand to write that time-efficient to-do list to maximise your productivity, here’s our expert’s suggestions. 

Make the most of your Christmas break to succeed in getting into medical school.

The role of a doctor is a balancing act between work and personal life. Here at Medify we believe the earlier you learn how to create the perfect balance for you the better. To gain this perfect balance it will take self-discipline, self-motivation and the ability to compartmentalise. Christmas is the perfect time to put this into action.

Take it easy:

If you’ve been hard at it, studying, volunteering and working, you’ll be no good for anything unless you allow your mind, body and soul to recover. The ability to know when and how you should relax and de-stress is an important quality all doctors need in order to cope and continue to provide great service within such a demanding role. Take a couple of ‘me days’ to really unwind and catch up with friends and family and remember to have fun away from the pressure of studying and thinking about your medicine application. We can’t emphasise enough how important it is to put your own mental health and well-being first. You’ll return to your revision and thoughts of medicine refreshed and even more eager to succeed.

Write to-do lists:

The secret to successful time-management is prioritising. Have a think about what commitments and tasks you need to complete, write them down and then put them in order of urgency. Again, this is great practice for a career in medicine as you will have to weigh up and prioritise your time amongst patients. Write a to-do list for every area of your life: revision, social/personal, medicine application and work. But keep your lists simple, don’t go overboard otherwise you’ll become overwhelmed with it all. Think about the top 3 things that you must do that will make you pleased to have ticked off your to-do list. The rest of this suggestion list will focus on making the most of your time to succeed with your medicine application.

Get a head start with your interview prep:

One of the great things about the Christmas break is that most of your friends will have free time too. Friends are great to help practise within a mock interview environment, especially if you all have possible university interviews approaching after the Christmas holidays. You could test each other on typical interview questions and challenge each other’s academic knowledge on specific and relevant subjects that may be asked of you during your interviews.

Still waiting for an invite?

Try not to worry too much about this. Keep in mind that many interview invites are sent out after Christmas so there is plenty of time to receive yours. Don’t give up hope just yet. In the meantime, have you thought about what you’ll wear when the time does come? How well do you know the GMC guide? Have you been keeping up-to-date with medical news? Be prepared.

Read for leisure, it may be your last chance for a while:

Recently, there has been a wealth of publications about real-life doctors’ working lives. Not only will this type of reading help you to relax it will give you a great insight into the realities of medicine as a career.

Here’s a shortlist of our top 5 favourites:

  • Twas the night shift before Christmas - Adam Kay
  • This is going to hurt- Also by Adam Kay
  • The prison doctor- Dr. Amanada Brown
  • In stitches- Dr. Nick Edwards
  • Trust me I’m a (junior) doctor- Max Pemberton

Time to self-reflect:

Self-reflection is another must-have habit and quality as a doctor. In order to develop and improve you must reflect upon your performance. Review 2019, look at your strengths and possible weaknesses within your study, grades, medicine application and even your personal communications. What went well and what didn’t go so well. Celebrate and be proud of your strengths and reflect upon your weaknesses. Don’t then dwell on them instead, think about how you can improve upon them in 2020, make an action plan and put it into action. How did your strengths become your strengths? Apply the answer to this question to improve your weaknesses. Make 2020 the year you get into medical school.

Revise, Revise, Revise:

After you’ve relaxed, taken a couple of days off and recovered from 2019, make time to get some serious revision done. You want to make sure you get the grades you need to meet any medical school offers. Even consider downloading past exam papers and setting yourself up with your own mock exams. The better prepared you are the better the end results will be.

From all of us here at Medify, we wish you a relaxing and productive Christmas break and a happy, refreshing New Year. Good luck for 2020.



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