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    paluka is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Starting 2nd semester this Jan 08, looking for advice

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    Hi everybody, Hope everyone is enjoying their break and having a great New Years. I was wondering if anyone out their that just got done with 2nd semester has any advice on how to sucessfully survive the second semester. I have heard a lot of horror stories about the shelf and second semester in general, I am having nightmares about it . Thankyou

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    Ignore the horror stories, it was really not that bad. Definitely harder than 1st, but just more studying involved, but much more interesting.
    Just never fall behind on the material and you will do fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinspice View Post
    Ignore the horror stories, it was really not that bad. Definitely harder than 1st, but just more studying involved, but much more interesting.
    Just never fall behind on the material and you will do fine.

    Agreed, 100%. Don't let yourself fall behind with the material and you'll be fine.

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    The courseload is heavier, so yes, don't fall behind. It is a more strenuous semester, but not as horrible as people say. The shelf exams are a headache because you are exhausted by the end. But don't worry about them too much. Study as you go and keep up with the material and at the end of the semester focus most of your efforts on Mini 3. Good luck and enjoy your last semester of Anatomy lab!

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    I'll try and give a little more than the regular "study hand and keep up" comments.

    Of course, you have to have caveats: This is just my take, you are obviously a completely different person in a completely different situation than me, so my opinions might not apply to you. So take it for what it is.

    I thought 2nd semester was a LOT harder than 1st. I hear that 3rd and 4th are not as work-intensive as 2nd also. If you look at it, you get the most amount of hours in 2nd. Its also spread out over more courses. You have DPS, Physio, Neuro, Bioch, Histo, and Anat. In 3rd, I think you get Path, Pharm, Micro, and Behav. So 2nd is more material over more classes. THATS what you got to watch out for. Also, go into it with this attitude: study hard up front so you have a cushion later on in the semester. The shelves aren't as bad as people make it out to be. Basically, I did not study at all for the shelves and still ended up getting high 60s/low 70s. Not bad for no studying.

    Neuro is tough. The practicals are what will save your grade if you are suffering. Make sure you ace those. There are secondary and tertiary questions on the practicals so make sure you know more than just pictures. You guys can't rely upon a high grade from 1st compensating for low grades in 2nd so make sure you don't stop studying for other classes to compensate for a course you aren't doing well in.

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    One last thing:

    About shelves, if you are in dire need of doing well on them, get "files" that will be going around from a friend. These are digital files that someone has created about the shelves that basically give a great idea of the questions to be asked. I think its due to the fact that US med students have already taken the Shelves and due to the fact that Caribbean med students take the exact same version of the Shelves. So get these files. The questions at the back of the BRS books are also great sources to rely upon. In fact, some of the questions were the exact same as the ones in the back of the BRS books. Also go on studentdoctor.net and see what US students are taking about the Shelves. They basically state on there what the subjects and topics covered on the shelves ex: "dang, I didn't know there was so little Renal/so much Cardio", etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinspice View Post
    Ignore the horror stories, it was really not that bad. Definitely harder than 1st, but just more studying involved, but much more interesting.
    Just never fall behind on the material and you will do fine.
    Yes ignore RUMORS !!
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