Looking back at the past 16 months, it’s very nostalgic, but something I would never want to do again. I have constantly adapted and evolved my study habits and daily routines to obtain the best results in school without accruing a myriad of grey hair. Here is a list of things I wish I would have started doing earlier, or at all.
Deleted or significantly limit Instagram before or the start of the program. In the past 16 months, I have only posted 6 photos, but have acquired easily 2 hours on the app per day. I became accustomed to just scrolling through Instagram aimlessly which lead to decreased productivity, FOMO (fear of missing out), and depression.
Studied at least 2 hours minimum every day or set another daily minimum. To prevent mental fatigue, splitting study time up can be very useful and yield great results. I always say it’s not about how much time you put in, but how much you put into your time.
Work together with someone to create notes. Majority of the time I spent studying was creating notes, not actually studying them.
Used Exam Master, PANCE/PANCRE practice questions, RoshReview questions, etc. Test yourself and read the explanation as to why you are right or wrong. It is more engaging this way.
Listen to Podcasts rather than the 2-3-hour lecture. I enjoy Physician Assistant Exam Review by Brian Wallace PA-C. I currently listen to him while heading to my clinical site, but also in the gym or sauna as well.