• Question: How were you able to manage your time effectively while you were in med school?

    Asked by Karolina to Simon, Shehla, Katharine, Jonathan, Emma on 16 Jun 2017.
    • Photo: Jonathan Harte

      Jonathan Harte answered on 16 Jun 2017:

      It was tough the first 2 years – getting used to the workload in the face of university life distractions.

      But you get into a rhythm after a while and it becomes the norm. You have to be disciplined especially if you have non-medic friends who’s timetable isn’t as full as yours. That’s possibly why medics tend to stick together as they’re in the same boat and off duty at the same time.

      Medical school timetabling is pretty regimented and set – much like school so the key self-motivation as there are no parents around to nag you into doing your homework.

    • Photo: Emma Rowe

      Emma Rowe answered on 16 Jun 2017:

      I had to prioritise what needed to be done in each order. Luckily I had a notice board in my bedroom at university so I was able to stick planners and reminders on it so I knew when everything was due in.

      I also had to say no to some social plans with my non nursing friends as it’s hard for them to understand you can’t stay out late when you have to get up at 0530 the next day!

      Nursing lectures are full time so they helped to prepare me for the world of work so it was good to be

    • Photo: Katharine Bradbury

      Katharine Bradbury answered on 16 Jun 2017:

      I’m not sure I’m the best person to ask as I was a bit of last minute crammer before exams and always worked better with a deadline. I think it’s important to have other interests outside medicine and to take time to exercise and look after yourself.