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Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Lazy Student’s Study Guide

Yep, that’s me. I had always been that lazy student ever since I stopped receiving honors back in grade four. But still, I was able to go a long way reaching up to now…a medical clerk…a.k.a. 4th year medical student, 14 years of mediocre types of studying: cramming, late or no home works, absences, tardiness, just exactly passing grades (75 to 85). But how was I able to reach this level? No it wasn’t through an IQ of 132; no it wasn’t through cheating/kodigo(honestly…... 1% of all exams I may have cheated {sabi ko nga I’m lazy diba? I only cheat when I’m lazy to answer hahaha}); no it wasn’t even through giving fundadors to teachers; and NO…it wasn’t always through studying, staying up all night just to read the book…no, you would not always learn if it was only that. At least that was the way I see it. So all student who practice learning by the “standard” method find another article to read.ϋ but for the many who feels “inferior” as to their intellectual capabilities, to the sloths, and those who want to make their educational life “easier” and smoother read along at your own risk.

Yes you may find my way of studying (especially during college and eventually I brought it until medical school) very unorthodox but it worked for me even now that I am in med school. June of 2005 when I told myself “magbabago na ako…I want to be serious now in my studies…my study habit back in college won’t work in med school..” or so I thought…but mediocrity and laziness was already in my system…but if it weren’t for being lazy…then I would just be in a call center now earning big bucks. Whaaaat?!?! How’s that possible? Passing med school by being lazy?
Let me answer that in a form of a metaphor…why do you think the wheel was invented? Why do you think they invented computers? Calculators? And why do you think even until man would always search for ways to make life easier? Exactly! “The laziness of the hand brings out the creativity of the mind for the hand to do its work…” (wow…pag namatay ako I quoted this ha…walang footnote yan so ako tlga gumawa ng quote na yan ha. Hehe)
So you’re wondering ano nga baa ng gusting iparating ng author na ito? Kala ko ba study guide so saan na ang step-by-step guide? Sorry…tinatamad kong gawin eh. Hehe but I will give you a bird’s eye view…but this is according to my specifications. There is no such thing as a universal guide…you yourself would devise your own guide. So here’s how I studied during my three years (hnd ito lahat):

· It is in our psychological system that something new is always exciting and happy. That was how I saw my first year in med school. I was so excited and I was really enjoying (plus the fact that I feel my esteem boosted up tipong “uy doctor!”) so eto ung time na todo aral talaga because I myself had a real thirst for knowledge of the medical world…but eventually nagdecline ung rate like a one way curve sloping to the right…nawala na excitement ko, nawala na enthusiasm ko to read and read. But I was lucky…first year of medical school focused on the basics so now I am rich with the basic knowledge for medicine

· Apply the basics. Let’s put it this way, say you already completed algebra 101…put the number 1 in your head. Basically it is 1, just like holding your index finger up…one. But you who finished the basic needs or the fundamentals of mathematics, 1 can mean a lot to you. 2 minus 1, 999 raised to the zero power, square root of one, x is equal to one etc…now apply this in medicine. You don’t need the book to tell you what a certain disease means and let the book explain it to you. What I do I read the first few paragraph then sleep…true! But while trying to sleep I let my mind revolve around that particular thought…then my mistakes I just have it corrected by looking at the book because at least after then I would know what I am lacking. Complicated ba? Yes it is but it really stimulates your mind. Which brings to….

· You need not read the book from cover to cover (for me ha..in case you who have read harrisons cover to cover is still reading this) you’ll just strain your brain. Pick out only the keypoints and by applying what I have said previously let your thoughts revolve around that keypoint applying your basic knowledge…saka na ung pang expert level and that goes to….

· APPLY what you have learned. Righteous!!! It’s like you put a command into the computer then the computer commands a robot what to do…now from then on the robot wouold keep on doing what the computer had told him to do!

the idle nook

· Tinatamad na talaga ako magtuloy kaya parting words na kaya…believe in yourself! Matalino tayo lahat! Iba lang ang kultura natin (matalino ka kasi honor student ka…exactly no!) if we were all dumb then we would be using the walls to wipe our asses (quoting morrie Schwartz) remember what your mama used to tell you when you were young…you are unique. Yes we are really unique in our own ways. So gab, that was how we passed three years of medical school isn’t it precioussssss?ϋ
***definition of terms according to Gabster Dictionary: mediocre – inferior not in terms of intelligence but diligence…if only the educational society were “student friendly”….haaay sana I lived during the times of Plato, Socrates, Archimedes, Hippocrates, then education would really be fun…but that’s another story.

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