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Case Study.
Studying in the clerkship years is a challenging task. Study times gives way to working time; working time gives way to sleeping time. Somewhere in between we need to create time for ourselves to build our knowledge.
The transition into third year requires quick adaptation to studying on the go. Bring a pocket book or load an ebook onto your phone or tablet computer. If you have few minutes to catch your breath, take out your study material and read a little. 
The best way to maximize your learning in these circumstances is to read around the cases you see each day. Was there something you did not understand about the pathophysiology for patient A’s condition? Not sure what the management plan should be for patient B? Make a case study out of these patients and read around what you do not know or cannot remember. Not only does this help you relate your readings to an actual experiences that help solidify your knowledge, but it will help you manage that patient’s care better. It is a win-win.
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Case Study.

Studying in the clerkship years is a challenging task. Study times gives way to working time; working time gives way to sleeping time. Somewhere in between we need to create time for ourselves to build our knowledge.

The transition into third year requires quick adaptation to studying on the go. Bring a pocket book or load an ebook onto your phone or tablet computer. If you have few minutes to catch your breath, take out your study material and read a little. 

The best way to maximize your learning in these circumstances is to read around the cases you see each day. Was there something you did not understand about the pathophysiology for patient A’s condition? Not sure what the management plan should be for patient B? Make a case study out of these patients and read around what you do not know or cannot remember. Not only does this help you relate your readings to an actual experiences that help solidify your knowledge, but it will help you manage that patient’s care better. It is a win-win.

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Hello! I just found out about your blog and it's amazing :P Also, I'd just like to ask if you have any tips on how to make yourself less sleepy when studying? :P hehe — Asked by woesandwy

Now that is an interesting question woesandwy. If there was a fool proof solution, you can bet your money that medical students would have been all over it years ago. Unfortunately, life is not always that easy and it hides her secrets well.

Here are my suggestions:

  • Sleep more. Obviously this is playing a role somewhere. If you are not getting enough sleep then it will affect you for the rest of the day.
  • Proper sleep hygiene. A poor sleep hygiene habit that many of us have is studying in our own bedroom or worse, on our bed. Rooms should be compartmentalized based on function if possible. The dining room is already for eating, the kitchen for cooking, why not extend that to studying? Study in a study room, and sleep in your bedroom. If you study in your bedroom, it can increase your likelihood of feeling sleepy.
  • Give yourself a break. The monotony of studying can be mentally taxing. I personally tend to study for 20 minutes, then take a 10 minute break. While it is not perfect, it does give my brain new stimuli and that can help combat sleepiness.
  • A drink of your choice. Now, we are bringing on the big guns. If you must, then you can try tea or coffee. Black tea has a little more caffeine in it so if you need a little more kick that could be a good choice. On the extreme end of the scale, something I would not recommend are energy drinks. I know people who have used them for exams and honestly, if you are so awake you cannot get a solid night of sleep, it probably was not worth it.

These are the tips I keep in mind when I am studying and hopefully they will work for you too. Good luck and take care.

Do you have tips on combatting sleepiness while studying? Leave a comment below.