Pre-Med Students Can Use These Study Practices to Better Prepare for Medical School


When preparing for your MCAT and ultimately the course work you are going to go through in medical school, you are basically preparing for the next 7 to 10 years (if not more) for schooling. So you need to prepare yourself mentally and fully understand the difficulties which are going to lie ahead. At you can find a few basic tips to help you prepare for your boards and schooling. These are a few of the ways you can study and develop certain skills, so you are prepared when you finally do arrive.

Work with a mentor – 
Believe it or not, even the smartest people can fail in medical school. It is a good approach to learn from those who have been there before you. Not only will they let you know what to expect, and what twists and turns lie ahead, they are also going to help you develop study habits, prep habits, and decide which medical route you eventually want to go down, depending on the areas of specialization you are interested in possibly branching out to.

Narrow things down – 
The field of medicine is diverse. From neurosurgery to working in geriatric care, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of specialized areas and sub-specialized fields one can go down when they choose to work as a doctor or surgeon. So narrowing things down, truly learning what you like and don’t like, and making sure you are capable of preparing yourself for the time commitment and dedication you are going to have to put into such field, are a few factors to keep in mind when preparing yourself. The more you know about the field, the more you can narrow down your likes (and dislikes) and the more you can pinpoint what you actually want to do in the field of medicine, the more you are going to excel.

Change your habits –
If you were the type of student who crammed all night in college, you will have to change. If you think you can work a full time job, and still dedicate time to medical school, you have to reassess what you are doing. It is important to put your full attention and effort into it. This is not a silly course or basic intro level class you are taking. It is extensive, in depth, challenging, and will take everything you have out of you. In order to excel you have to change your habits, your way of thinking, and really evaluate what you will do and how you are going to do well, when you are preparing for your exams, as well as for the actual schooling you are going to go through as a student.

Every person is different and preparing for medical school and board exams may differ (a little) in each case. But, these are a few ways in which to prepare yourself, get ready for the road ahead, and for you to ensure you are going to succeed once you start down your path to becoming a doctor.