Mistakes for Medical Students to Avoid

We spend plenty of time in this space discussing what to do in medical school—how to prepare, how to budget time on a daily basis, etc.  Today we are going to take a look at some of the common mistakes that medical students make, so that you can learn what NOT to do.

1) Don’t push yourself too far. One of the realities of medical school is that there is ALWAYS something more you could be doing.  Whether it is re-reading your notes on the latest chapter of your anatomy course or reviewing for an exam with a study partner, it’s never difficult to find something productive to do.  Unfortunately, for many students, this means that they push their bodies and their minds too far.  It’s important that you get plenty of sleep, plenty of exercise, and plenty of time to relax and enjoy life. 

2) Don’t use your time inefficiently. Time is at a premium for a medical student.  There is simply not enough time in the day to accomplish everything you would like to do—so it is important that you prioritize and spend your time accordingly.  It’s important to follow some sort of a schedule so that you don’t find yourself getting distracted and wasting time on something that you would consider a low priority.  Acknowledge that you can’t do everything you’d like to do.  Then sit down and figure out what is truly important—and spend your time on that!

3) Don’t put yourself in a position to fail. Every student has their own learning style.  Some learn best by reading, others by listening, and still others by discussing material with fellow students.  It’s important that you identify your style of learning—and that you put yourself in a position to succeed.  If you don’t do well in study groups, don’t waste your time.  If you are an auditory learner, seek recordings and audio books.  If you don’t pursue your natural learning style as much as possible, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.

As a medical student, you’ll have plenty to think about and plenty to do on a daily basis.  It can be easy to fall into bad habits—so take this opportunity to think about what NOT to do.  Feel free to get in touch with me if you would like further information!



5 Responses to “Mistakes for Medical Students to Avoid”

  1. Lenore Says:


    This post speaks to me a lot. I recently graduated with my BS. It is sad to say that after 4 yrs of undergrad I’m still not quite sure what my ideal studying technique is. Studying groups are definitely not for me and I can only study in silence. For a while I studied with classical music but I think that effect is wearing off. I would greatly appreciate your feedback on how to discover an effective style. Thank you!

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