There are less than two weeks left in my second year here at UCLA. This year has really flown by. I have found it fairly easy to focus on my schoolwork during this year and tune boards out. Yes, I would study for Step 1 here and there, but nothing too serious. We were casually dating, but not in a committed relationship. Now, I have made my study schedule, planned everything from the week to the day to the hour, I have all the materials I need, and my mindset is about to switch over to boards prep. It’s like I have two personalities, one wants to do well on Step 1 and one wants to pass our last final exam.
At UCLA, they do not “teach to the boards.” I really do not know what that entails because I have never experienced it. People say that the UCLA name will carry your above average score and get you a fantastic residency spot, as opposed to a non-UCLA name school applicant having an out-of-this-world score because their school “taught to the boards.” Well why can’t I have the name and the score? My classmates are no help with my personality duality, everywhere I look they are either doing questions on their phone or meeting for study group sessions on topics covered last year. Each day it gets harder to fight the urge to not pay attention in lecture and start doing questions about muscular dystrophy on my phone. I must refrain! If I fail this block in order to get a higher boards score, it will be a hollow victory. My whole schedule will be thrown out of wack and my grade and Step score will suffer.
It does feel good to be almost done with lectures for the foreseeable future though. It’s interesting how little knowledge students absorb from sitting through lectures, yet it still remains the predominant form of teaching in college. Powerpoint has produced some lazy lecturers who just read off their prewritten slides. Engage your students or they will just succumb to playing Candy Crush on their phones instead of paying attention.