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    Just curious as to how many hours you guys devote to studying in a day on top of class and lab time. I've heard everywhere from 3-10 hours. Also, are any of you able to take one day off a week?

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    you study till you know the info.. if you are smart you study less if your not so smart u study more but you do what you have to do to pass medical school everyone is different so you just have to get here and find out.. same with free time. you will never know what medical school is like unless you have experienced it. people have told me it was going to be hard but it never prepaired me for what it is really like. just wait and see... it will be the hardest thing you ever did!!
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    yeah...he's right.
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    maybe i study too much but my roomate and i counted and we put in an average of 50 hrs a week on a normal week. we also counted that we put in over 100 hrs for this past midterm week. we did well and it was well worth it. Not much to do here really even when you do know the info. Cant ever go over the material too much. Im in the library an average of 6 hrs a weekday of actual studying and around 10 or so on sat and sun.

    p.s. this doesnt include the week after midterms which i havent opened a book and midterms ended on monday. im a first termer btw.

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    I generally put in 10 hours a day - after class until 1ish or 2ish and in the mornings before classes. As dvp said, you can't go over the info too many times. I did well in midterms so I must be doing something right. =)

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    Id have a 4.0 in undergrad easy if I studied this hard then..lol

    Its funny though, you get used to studying since theres nothing to do (obviously not the only reason) but putting in massive hours is really nothing. Dont really get tired of it. I mean what are you going to do besides study? Not much, go eat, workout, play ball for a little while.....thats about it. At this point its routine......after classes go make something to eat then head to the library til about 1-2am. Weekends wake up about 9-9:30 then head to the library, take a break for dinner, then back til about 1-2am. More like 12-13 hrs each on the weekends.

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    Yea..you don't really get tired of studying. I think the thought of "Omg there's so much to know!" discards that thought. With that being said, I sometimes lose track of the days of the week....it all feels the same...

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    ummm
    yeah, i can't say i agree with their estimate, but that's just me.

    Say you can't/dont study all day because you are in 1st or 4th term and have classes and labs in the mornings and afternoons. That gets you out at 5pm. So go workout, that's 6pm. Go home, shower, make dinner, eat dinner, that's about 730. Pack up and go to library or wherever, check your email, post on VMD, etc. that's 8. Study til 1, that gives you about 5 hours of studying.

    that does not include all the breaks people take, all the email checks, the web surfing, the VMD posting....procrastination in general. i'd say about 4 hours a day is my number, but that is just what worked for me.

    First and second term i used to go out at least once a week, but 4th term has kinda put that down to 3 times every 4 weeks. Weekends i usually sleep until i want to get up, then put in a solid 8 hours, depending on how much i need to cover. soooo, 20hours on weekdays plus about 16 on weekends, i guess my magic total is 36. But that's pretty optimistic. There is always something that takes that number down for me, a meeting, a basketball game, a tv show i wanna see, a game i wanna watch on TV, a nap i want to take...something. But, so far it's worked well. I think the long and short of it is that you will get here first term and for the first month or so study waaaaaaaaay too much. Then you get into a groove and you are good to go. But no one can tell you how many hours to study. You will figure out what is best for you. Will you be studying/in class for the majority of your waking hours? yes. will you have time to watch a movie or chat with friends online? yes. you just gotta get into your groove first....dont' worry, you'll be fine!


    but those guys are right, you kinda get used to the ridic hours and the massive amounts of studying(or, i guess for me...not so massive), and it becomes second nature. I mean, i am actually IN the library more, but the time spent doing work and NOT procrastinating on VMD? well...a lot less!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coomassieblue
    With that being said, I sometimes lose track of the days of the week....it all feels the same...

    yeah....i think that's the leading cause of Rock Fever...
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    re

    I do a few hours a night, usually until about 10 pm on weekdays, and about 8 hours each day on Saturday and Sunday. I don't have time to take a whole day off, but I also never study until 2:00 in the morning, except for the week before midterms. I did ok on midterms, so I guess my study habits were okay. Maybe the 2 AM-ers did better than I did though.

    The schedule sucks and I'l looking forward to the next two years being over with. But my MD friends tell me that this is the worst part, and to hang in there, because it gets better.

    Good luck!

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