In an ideal world you would have prepared well in advance for your anatomy exam. You would be feeling confident and would be calmly striding into the examination room with a smile on your face – but how often has that happened to you?
You might be the sort of student who has left it too late and is desperately trying to cram things in at the last minute. Or you may have started revising anatomy early, but no matter how much time you spend on it, it just does not seem to stay in your head.
Whichever group you may find yourself in, there is no question that learning anatomy fast would be a massive bonus. If you are worried about your upcoming anatomy exam, try these 5 tips which you can apply to any subject to help you get through.
Learning anatomy quickly and retaining all the facts to pass your exam is the holy grail for any medical student trying to get through medical school.
Sadly, there is no...
Well that was an incredible start to 2021….. This week has been a dream come true for us as we went LIVE and finally got to meet some of you.
We did our first live tutorial with Prof Vishy, on Zoom last Thursday. We kicked off with the sound track ‘Let’s Go’ by Usher and Calvin Harris, and after the typical technical issues , (which some of you were able to help us resolve – thank you!) Prof Vishy delivered a phenomenal lecture on the Mediastinum. It was great to see him back in his tie and braces and once we got the first slide working – he was off and on a roll. I was reminded of what a fantastic teacher he is and how he can make the most complex of areas, so easy to understand.
Today I did our first Live YouTube and Instagram ‘Anatomy Clinic’ where I answered some of the questions that had been asked by students earlier this week. This is a totally new format for on-line teaching and it was great to...
‘Strong as an ox and half as smart’ was a classic line that was used by medical professionals to describe orthopaedic surgeons. When I went to medical school there was a generalised attitude that orthopaedic surgeons had to be very strong to operate on bones, but that they were not that clever. They were also not considered to be that sensitive to emotions and feelings, and that in some way talking about this was ‘weak’. Incidentally that does not mean that they didn't care, but just that it would be considered strange for them to share their own feelings.
When I started training, the typical image of an orthopaedic surgeon would be a big, tall, well-built man, who went to the ‘correct school’, played rugby, talked loudly (often about themselves), laughed even louder, drank copious amounts of beer, and wore beige chinos and a blue blazer with brass buttons. Please be reassured that if you happen to fit this description, I do not have...
Did you know that sometimes you sabotage your chances of success in developing a new habit before you have even started it?
But did you also realise that you can accelerate your chances of reaching your goals by making some simple small changes?
The environment you create for yourself can make all the difference between success and failure.
Let me give you an example. If you are trying to lose weight, but every day you have a habit of buying a cake or doughnut on your way home, this will not help you lose weight. You know that you need to stop buying that doughnut because you are not stupid. But if you keep passing that same shop on the way home, your brain will automatically send you signals as you near the shop that you need to go in the shop and you need to buy a snack because it will taste sooo good and make you feel sooo much better – which to be fair it does… for a minute or two, but then you spend the next hour beating yourself up about giving in to...
Be Your Own Cheerleader
So much of your success in life is determined by the attitude you bring to the task in hand. This applies to anything you do from something small like washing dirty dishes, to monumental tasks like winning an election. Not everyone will be running for president, so let’s go back to the dishes - if you look at the pile of dirty dishes and think – I hate this job, its such a waste of time, I could be doing something more fun, then the job will suck. If, however you think to yourself, I need to wash the dishes because its nice to have a clean kitchen and if I just get on and do it quickly, then I can forget about it and do something more fun instead. Whilst I am doing the dishes I can also listen to a podcast and learn something new, or I can listen to some music that I like, which will put me in a good mood. This way the task will not seem onerous at all and you may even enjoy it.
When it comes to studying the same principles apply. If you look at...
Your success at university will be determined by the mental attitude that you bring with you. Staying positive, focussed and self-motivated will be essential skills you need to learn. Making this a conscious process will put you in far better position towards being successful. There are some very easy and clear steps that you can take now to help you on your way.
When you change from school to University there is a massive shift in so many aspects of your life. You are on the road to becoming independent and will have so many choices ahead of you in all aspects of your life.
At home you have to live by other people’s rules; the rules of your parents, the rules of your family, the rules of your school, the rules of your culture or place of worship. These rules have shaped who you are today so far, but now you are starting a phase in your life when you decide what you want to do and when you want to do it.
In every aspect of your new life you will have choices. You can now...
Hi, I’m Susan Alexander, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Founder of the Funky Professor
Autumn 2020 signals the start of a new academic year and for some of you it may even be the start of a brand new course and if that is you then firstly I’d like to say a massive congratulations for Getting onto your course It is a fantastic achievement - you are about to start such an exciting phase of your life.
For me this year will be 30 years since I started medical school – 30 years – 3 decades – it sounds like such a long time ago and I may seem really ancient to a lot of you, but I do remember that starting university was a very exciting time, but I was also nervous and anxious as I did not know anyone and I was moving to a new City where everything was strange.
I know that a lot of you will be going through some of those thoughts right now as you prepare to leave home. Starting university at the best of times can cause and...