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    teach yourself @ SGU???????????

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    is SGU as bad as some people make out ROSS to be. I herd at ross that you are screwed unless u completly teach yourself and classesa are useless, is this also true for SGU or is class beneficial, and do you recieve support from faculty and such

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    Quote Originally Posted by scienceguy
    is SGU as bad as some people make out ROSS to be. I herd at ross that you are screwed unless u completly teach yourself and classesa are useless, is this also true for SGU or is class beneficial, and do you recieve support from faculty and such
    I hope so, that is a major reason why I chose SGU over the other Carib schools.
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    DES is a valuable resources in sgu. take advantage of it.
    and of course there are always some classes that you can teach urself and others that might be a better idea to attend the lectures.

    also different people have different learning styles. some prefer to read and teach themselves and find that to be more benefical and works for them while others cant.
    so its really subjective...

    physio i heard is one of the best taught classes ever and i am sure others can tell you that there will be some classes that you can just basically read the text and notes and still do very well
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    Most lectures are pretty good. The vast majority of students go to class. I found that by going to class, getting the handouts, going thru them and taking key notes during lecture, my study time was used more efficiently. It's much easier to study this way, because you get a better idea of what's important, and you can go into depth on those topics. You will not have the time to consistently study every single topic in great detail. You will find time management is absolutely key to succeeding in medical school. My time was better utilized by going to classes, labs, groups, etc., and then studying at least 5-6 hours per day additionally. It is true that physio is one of the best taught classes. Even though it carries several units of credit, this was proportionately my least studied class second term, because of the lectures and the nature of the material (mostly logical as opposed to mostly memorization).

    Some students do very well by not going to class and studying almost entirlely on their own. If that works for your learning style, great. Just be aware that by doing this you can easily fall behind or out of the loop, so to speak. It's very, very hard to catch up.

    Many, though not all, of the decels I knew were people who frequently bles off lecture.

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    I imagine med school anywhere - US, caribbean, europe (DrB can comment on australia)- has lots of teaching yourself (ask steph about Harvard). You can't expect to be spoon fed. And remember you read faster than someone can speak, so you can be more efficient in the information you go over in one hour of reading vs. listening. Sure the lectures were for the most part good (not immuno, but that is the extreme). The notes are adequate. Basically they give you what you need to know. You just need to learn it. Anatomy i felt lacked in that, although it has changed alot since i was there. But if you follow the objectives, you'll do well. In that case i used lectures as a starting off point, from which to add on my own learning. Don't get in the habit of thinking all you need to know is what is lectured on. I made that mistake and got burned real bad on midterms 1st term. I think the profs were for the most part adequate - to pretty good (not immuno).
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    BTW, the school wants you to succeed. What interest do they have in delivering a crappy eduaction? They give you the tools, but you have to do the work. And it's a LOT of work.

    All learning is self taught. In basic sciences, the school overall does a very good job of guiding and facilitating your learning. But they can't teach anyone against their will. You have to study.

    You will find that clinicals are far more self taught than basic sciences. If you don't read, you will likely struggle with step 2. Conversely, if you do consistently read, you can smoke step 2 will little direct preparation. My $0.02.

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    the teaching like in all schools varies. its pretty good on the whole. some better than others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scienceguy
    is SGU as bad as some people make out ROSS to be. I herd at ross that you are screwed unless u completly teach yourself and classesa are useless, is this also true for SGU or is class beneficial, and do you recieve support from faculty and such
    If you cannot teach yourself then you should try to raise your GPA/MCAT and go to the US medical school.

    Medical school, just like life, requires 90% self-teaching and 10% guidance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drnick07
    I imagine med school anywhere - US, caribbean, europe (DrB can comment on australia)- has lots of teaching yourself (ask steph about Harvard). You can't expect to be spoon fed. And remember you read faster than someone can speak, so you can be more efficient in the information you go over in one hour of reading vs. listening. Sure the lectures were for the most part good (not immuno, but that is the extreme). The notes are adequate. Basically they give you what you need to know. You just need to learn it. (not immuno).

    definitely agree...anywhere you go u will need to put in a lot of your own time to learn the material and teach yourself to some degree.

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    the professors at this school like all other schools simply present the information to you. That's done at all med schools... but there is a very good des office that help out students and some profs give out cell numbers as well. so yes you have to teach yourself but there is a lot of help and no real penalty for messing up..
    But don't get me wrong i never went to classes and i passed all my classes even almost got b's... and i know 4.0's who don't go to class at all. a couple of them.
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