Last edited by Confused 20; 08-04-2010 at 09:10 PM.
I would say read the old posts, cuz definitely what you're doing is on the edge of insanity. You don't need to spend even that much time while ur on the island studying for all your classes let alone one class. Wow.
Outside of that... Don't buy Netter's Atlas right now. All it contains is animated pictures of the body. No text, nothing that will help you right now. The syllabus from 09 is outdated. Don't use it. I can send you the syllabus from this semester if you absolutely insist on it, but it is impossible to give you the lecture materials. They are PowerPoint files that are too big for almost every e-mail client.
I can't emphasize this enough, don't stress out right now. 232 days (which you should not be counting down right now) is an ETERNITY. 70+ hours a week studying is crazy. Relax... take a deep breath and enjoy your time off.
If you are seriously freaking out about this... take a class or two at your local university. You don't have to be prepared for Anatomy like you could take the test the day you get to the island. They will teach you what you need to know and chances are, you will study WAY too much material that you do not need.
Do not even think about Biochem. You have to pass Anatomy and Histo before you can even think about biochem.
Yeah, you're definitely overstudying for it.
I made two A's in A&P I and II, and that was with probably an hour of studying a day.
The largest chunk studying is going to be for your lab practicals. While a book helps, nothing is going to be as good as having the actual specimen in front of you and seeing it in person. Because if your lab practicals are anything like mine, it's generally a bunch of toothpicks stuck into different specimens, with a "what is this called and what's its function?" attached to it.
And bro, I applied for the January 2011 semester, so if I get in..i'll gladly go over biochem and cell biology with you when it comes up. I think you're stressing things way too much. While medical school is tough, it's still school. Honestly if I get accepted in January 2011, i'll work until November, then quit my job and take several weeks to relax and get focused.
The last thing you want to do going into med school is going in already burned out.
Last edited by Xorthos; 05-17-2010 at 04:10 AM.
There are people (like myself) with no anatomy background WHATSOEVER and pass the course! The course is designed to teach you anatomy from scratch, and they do a good job with it. Only 2 people failed Anatomy last semester, and many people gave up midway through it (for various reasons including financial reasons, they did not like med school, didn't like the island, got admitted to US medical schools or DO)...
Once you get here, you will regret how hard you studied for this before getting down here... Try to have fun and enjoy your life because it will not last long... enjoy every second of it... and if you do wanna do anything, just watch the videos.... don't study study !!
BY THE WAY, in first semester people get used to sitting on their butt and study long long hours... if you come here TOO prepared, you will make it through the first semester without getting used to sitting on your butt for long long hours and studying, and you will fail in 2nd semester...
Take it easy guys... seriously...
Last edited by sgMD; 05-17-2010 at 04:22 PM.
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Last edited by Confused 20; 07-28-2010 at 07:27 PM.
hahaha. you're gonna drive yourself nuts man. you do not need ANY background in science in order to do well let alone simply pass. In fact, in my opinion, you don't even need biology or physics. But those are hoops everyone needs to jump through.
The IQ of most physicians falls between 100 and 140 and I'd say the average is around 125. That being said, you should be able to simply learn this stuff and apply it as it comes. You will have to be able to rapidly assimilate material or you won't survive. Taking a class previously will help tremendously, but with 6 hours of studying per day and enough breaks during that time you should be able to do well - even if you didn't already know what the gracilis or brachial plexus is.
There's no point in trying to get ahead. Just attack everything as it comes to you. When you get ahead, you will most likely get lazy, and that's when you become vulnerable. That goes for a lot of things in life, too.
Judging by the way you write and all the A's in your premed courses, you're above average intelligence. But your wishy-washiness and lack of confidence will set you up for failure. If you can't pull A's in your classes here from 12 hours of studying a day, then my hypothesis is wrong and you really are plain and simply stupid or have an undiagnosed learning disability (which doesn't necessarily make you stupid).
You don't need to start studying now. You need Prozac.
(Don't take that too seriously. I'm partially joking.)
Keep this up and you'll fail out of 1st, not academically but mentally and emotionally. Not trying to be mean but there's more to this than academics my friend. Seriously, get your confidence up, forget A & P and listen to what ppl are telling you. Enjoy yourself!
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I'll be honest, the only thing that will prepare you for this school is refined study habits. If ANYTHING, make sure you have a plan of attack. Enjoy your time but get your head in the game from day 1. You can enjoy yourself here...sometimes... : ) ...and take advantage of your first few free days on the island. I am working through first semester and a good portion of the class is failing anatomy with ruthless lab exams. Get the study habits down and you'll be ahead