We all know that discipline is important in all aspects of life, but how do you improve discipline when it comes to preparing for medical exams? This blog breaks down 4 simple strategies to boost your preparation and ultimately chances of passing.
When I was in my fourth year of medical school I failed my exam – the very first time I had failed. It hit me really hard. I knew a lot of doctors who had failed exams and got over it easily, however it took about three weeks for me to overcome it. I’d never had any experience failing exams before and I genuinely felt that I had let down myself, my tutors and even my parents. What made it worse was that all my friends passed. Over time, and now looking back, I realised that at some point failure is inevitable – be it medical school exams or further into your NHS career – but how you learn from those failures and come out a winner is what matters.
I am sure all of us, on multiple occasions, have had that experience where we unwillingly pulled ourselves off our comfortable beds and sat down to study a question or two. Suddenly your brain starts throwing tantrums and tells you “I can’t be bothered”.
You find yourself in a huge panic as suddenly you can’t see yourself passing an exam. For some it happens before you’ve even started preparing, for some when you actually book the exam, for some it might happen the night before.