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    Reading Load Per Week at AUC

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    Often in reading this forum, I hear people talk about the massive amount of material that is covered in a short period during medical school.

    I was curious on average how many chapters do you read per week?

    I am taking Genetics right night as part of pre-med and sometimes it takes me several hours to read a 30 page chapter. I have performed extremely well in undergraduate but am expecting to have to modify the way I read chapters in medical school to keep up with the workload. I am sure styles vary but I imagine with such a strenuous workload you learn what classes you need to read the text in and which you do not.

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    alot... probably too much to count but u'll pick it up as u go along. Most people do. It's different type of "reading" than undergrad.

    Here's an example. I just finished reading this Kaplan Surgery review book in 2 days.(granted, it's only 200 pages and its got lots of spacing and empty pages)



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    It's medical school man, what do you expect the reading load to be? Such as path, per test you may be responsible for several hundred powerpoint slides and pages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kermit
    Often in reading this forum, I hear people talk about the massive amount of material that is covered in a short period during medical school.

    I was curious on average how many chapters do you read per week?

    I am taking Genetics right night as part of pre-med and sometimes it takes me several hours to read a 30 page chapter. I have performed extremely well in undergraduate but am expecting to have to modify the way I read chapters in medical school to keep up with the workload. I am sure styles vary but I imagine with such a strenuous workload you learn what classes you need to read the text in and which you do not.

    Thanks for any comments.

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    number of pages per week = infinity
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    At least as far as the classes that I have taken (and I am currently 3rd semester), the "reading" is mostly of the notes that I have transcribed from the recorded lectures and the corresponding powerpoints. Many (if not all) of the classes I have taken do not use any textbook *at all*. Although I have carried baby Moore Anatomy and Lippincott Biochem and presently carry Robbins Path (all of which are very nice books), I have used them strictly for reference and for concepts that the class notes were less than clear about. I don't think there is enough time to read the texts and study the notes adequately. (at least I don't have enough time!).

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    don't get freaked out though. if i was told in undergrad that i had to understand/look at/memorize 250+ powerpoint slides a week (plus reading in a text book) for just one class, i'd get freaked out and would have never went to med school. you get use to it even though you have 4 classes (or 3) a day. just remember, everyone else around you is stressed too. just worry about yourself.
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    It is amazing what you can do if you just TRY and be presistant. If you always set bounds by what you can do, you will only reach those limits. Here in med school, you have to forget about previous ways of studying. Undergrad was a joke compared to the amount of time we put in here. I was joking with a Buddy the other day, we said If we put 1/3 the effort we do here into Undergrad we would all have 4.0's Just come here knowing 4000 people before you have done it, and you can too if you just make every effort. Just like Yoda's signature, there is no try. Only do and do not. (I love that quote)
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    misquote

    Quote Originally Posted by Macgyver1
    It is amazing what you can do if you just TRY and be presistant. If you always set bounds by what you can do, you will only reach those limits. Here in med school, you have to forget about previous ways of studying. Undergrad was a joke compared to the amount of time we put in here. I was joking with a Buddy the other day, we said If we put 1/3 the effort we do here into Undergrad we would all have 4.0's Just come here knowing 4000 people before you have done it, and you can too if you just make every effort. Just like Yoda's signature, there is no try. Only do and do not. (I love that quote)
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    i think the most efficient way to study in med school is to study the powerpoint slides and lecture notes, and then used the books to supplement the notes if necessary. it'll save time this way. i mean it's good to read books but we simply don't have enough time. just an opinion

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