Study Skills

The Zen Valedictorian, Decreasing Your Stress without Decreasing Your Ambition

The Zen Valedictorian, Decreasing Your Stress without Decreasing Your Ambition

By: Ryan Kelly

When people hear the word ‘valedictorian,’ they might think of a hustling overachiever who participates in every possible organization or activity. Others might picture the opposite--the highly gifted coaster who gets by on nothing but his or her natural ability.

But the truth is, if you want to be a successful pre-med, you should find the happy medium between these two extremes.

How to Silence Your Inner Monologue

How to Silence Your Inner Monologue

We’ve all been there.  We’re trying to get work done, but our brain is elsewhere.  It’s re-hashing our troubles, revisiting embarrassing moments from our past, refusing to budge from a tense exchange with a friend.  Wherever our brain is, it’s preventing us from focusing on the task at hand, and the inner monologue - that we’re stupid, that we’re unworthy, that we can’t ever get into med school - is dragging us down.

It’s times like these when we need techniques to help silence that monologue and bring our brains back to the present.  

 

Highly Recommended: Too Much To Do, Not Enough Time

Highly Recommended: Too Much To Do, Not Enough Time

I’ll never forget a student who once asked - in all seriousness - whether she should try to study more for her MCAT by cutting her sleep from seven hours per night to only four.  With three more hours per night, she reasoned, she could get some quality studying done!  Wasn’t this the solution to her problems?

Your Study Skills Suck: Part 1 - Focus is Overrated

Your Study Skills Suck: Part 1 - Focus is Overrated

You think you know how to study.  You're pre-med, after all, and you've managed to get good grades so far.  You're pretty good at school, and you like it (or even if you don't, you're a masochist).  You've followed the advice you've been given from parents and teachers over the years, and you do well through using your intelligence and sheer force of will. But unless you're also a slacker (or a cutting-edge social science researcher), your study skills are inefficient.