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  • Overcoming the Burn

  • Jack Tisdall

    Administrator
    July 6, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Many students find themselves struggling to maintain motivation. This could be due to a lot of factors, sleep hygiene, over planning, unachievable goal setting, non efficient study material, and many more. Here at MSC we have the experience to get you not only thinking like a doctor, but excited to learn how to become an amazing physician. What positive habits helped you through tough days in school?

  • Philip Stone

    Member
    July 8, 2020 at 9:11 am

    I made sure to find “me” time through step studying. Being active physically helped me stay focused when it was time to study.

    I feel identifying your point of fatigue is key. Once you isolate a period of lower production you can make adjustments to combat that. The Comp and Step exams are about longevity and acuity.

  • Koriante Rogers

    Member
    July 8, 2020 at 9:57 am

    I found that proper planning and incorporating downtime was pivotal in my success on both the COMP exam and USMLE Step 1. Many times as student we become so zealous in our endeavors that we overlook the overall effects of the process.

    Proper planning. Proper planning. PROPER PLANNING is going to be the key to success. Making a REALISTIC study schedule and allowing time for unpredictable changes will not only keep one track with your studies but also prevent burn out. Peaking at the right time (i.e. COMP and STEP) is the aim. DON’T plateau TOO early or TOO late.

    If you are interested in any of the methods that we have used to prevent burn, be sure to schedule some one-on-one advice. We are excited to help you all succeed!!!

  • Ed Dougherty

    Member
    July 10, 2020 at 10:25 am

    I cannot say there is one thing that works better than the rest. However, it is a series of small efforts that come together in a big way. A schedule, quiet environment, good resources, etc. are hard to find and surely take time and energy to organize alone. I found the best way to tackle everything in a consistent and motivated way was with a partner. Think of it like a gym partner, someone that may push you when you get lazy and vice versa. Furthermore, discussing concepts and rewording explanations with a partner is proven to help. This helped keep stress to a minimal level and grind away on our studies. I promise you it will pay off in the biggest way. If you need that “gym partner” please feel reach out to us. We have the energy, knowledge, and strength to push you to where you want to be!

    • Ed Dougherty

      Member
      July 10, 2020 at 10:43 am

      Forgot to add this, and it may come to be a surprise to most….

      TURN YOUR PHONE OFF!!!!!

      TURN YOUR NOTIFICATIONS OFF ON YOUR COMPUTER!!!!!

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