Spencer Evans, a first-year medical student at the University of Colorado, is hosting today’s episode. He’ll be sharing advice on how you can stay sharp as a med student while adhering to the restrictions put in place due to COVID-19.[2:46] Making a schedule.
Every single night before Spencer goes to sleep, he makes a schedule for the following day. If you try to stick to the schedule, you’ll end up being much more productive. You can divide your day into one-hour segments so that you can switch things up and keep it fresh.[3:54] Virtual study groups.
Spencer and several of his classmates have a virtual study group on Zoom every day for an hour. It’s a great way to both socialize and hold yourself accountable. Also, working for eight to ten hours is ideal. You should also make sure that you have a dedicated workspace that will allow you to be more productive.[6:13] Establish “families.”
Spencer’s school has assigned families that consist of two first-year students, two second-year students, two third-year students, and two fourth-year students. They have a video call once a week to talk about stressors that they’re currently dealing with.[7:14] Don’t check the news.
What’s going on in the world is terrible, but staying up to date on the latest figures is not going to help you be productive. Accept where you are and that you should do everything you can to stay sane.[8:44] Try a new hobby.
Take up something that has always been of interest to you. It’s especially good to find a fun activity that doesn’t involve screens. This can be integral in maintaining your mental health, thus allowing you to study effectively. Having regular calls with friends and family will help your mental health, too.[11:35] Find motivation.
Don’t forget why you’re studying what you’re studying. Medical professionals are on the front lines fighting COVID-19, and Spencer likes to remind himself that one day, he will be able to offer help to those in need.