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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by medlover247, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. medlover247

    medlover247 7+ Year Member

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    I'm having serious motivational problems. I just don't feel like studying. I know I'm capable of getting good grades and all that. But what do people do to keep their spirits up, and stay concentrated?
     
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  3. jojocola

    jojocola Senior Member 2+ Year Member

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    I go to those medical school conferences. It gets repetitive, but it helps me stay focused.
     
  4. Doc Henry

    Doc Henry blowin' in the wind 10+ Year Member

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    I'm actually having similar problems right now. Watch out though; tons of people in this forum are going to jump all over us saying that if we can't handle school now how will we handle it for four years in med school. Well, screw them!

    I only have two terms left until I graduate so I try to use that to motivate me. In particular I try to focus on graduating with honors as high as possible.

    I also try to get into some sort of competition with a friend in a class to give me an extra push.

    This may sound cheesy but one of the best motivational things for me is working in medicine and planning my future as a doctor...

    Hope some of that helps...just remember it happens to all of us!
     
  5. sexyman

    sexyman 5+ Year Member

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    Motivation comes in cycles sometimes.
     
  6. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

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    i go to the dentist.


    (shudders)
     
  7. PunjabiCurry

    PunjabiCurry Banned Banned

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    :laugh: shooting yourself on foot there
     
  8. SB100

    SB100 7+ Year Member

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    I look at my roommates, bunch of slackers I tell ya:D
     
  9. Have you ever worked a hard job in your life?

    That's plenty of motivation to do well in school.
     
  10. lynn623la

    lynn623la Senior Member 2+ Year Member

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    Coffee might help.

    I high recommend Tab energy (yeah the can may be pink), because it has a nice blend of B12 and Niacin that gets you energized, without being jittery.

    Choline coctail II is pretty good. It has some calories in it, though---> about 80-100 per serving.

    This may be cheesy, but I put pictures of family around me--- i.e. desk. I know I don't want to let them down. :rolleyes:

    You honestly have to have a passion for it. Without that you are a drone going through the prereqs or courses.
     
  11. crimsonkid85

    crimsonkid85 7+ Year Member

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    seriously. try paying the bills on a blue-collar paycheck. i'm sure that'll motivate you like no other.
     
  12. Tired Pigeon

    Tired Pigeon 7+ Year Member

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    Don't worry about motivation - it comes and goes depending on a lot of variables. The key is just to make a decision that you're going to do X amount of work each day, whether you feel like it or not. Treat it like a job if you have to until your motivation returns.
     
  13. jochi1543

    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central 2+ Year Member

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    I third that. I currently work in retail/admin and I'm surrounded by miserable failures who hate everything about their lives and their jobs. The simple fear of turning into one of them is motivating enough.:thumbdown:
     
  14. TheGreatHunt

    TheGreatHunt High Performance 7+ Year Member

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    Imagine yourself working at Burger King.

    OR

    Imagine yourself working in retail for the rest of your life.

    No thanks.
     
  15. Tristy

    Tristy BairesYarnCreation @ etsy 5+ Year Member

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    Are you burned out? If that's the case (and I'm assuming you're in undergrad so you prolly have more time to spare) take it easy on yourself. I got pretty bad in terms of motivation a few weeks ago but luckily we had spring break. That wasn't enough though so I took another week off (of course I got a bit behind in my courses). I came back strong and aced my finals.

    If you are not motivated you won't learn, and you'll still be miserable while staring at the book. I think it's ok to be a bit lazy when times like this come, it refreshens you. GL! :luck:
     
  16. patrickd223

    patrickd223 5+ Year Member

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    ALL the motivation I need comes from being neurotic about getting into medical school. Do i need to slap you silly and remind you how hard it is to get in?
     
  17. Soccer885

    Soccer885 Senior Member 2+ Year Member

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    I had plenty of motivational problems. Sometimes I just needed a little break because I was getting burned out. I would take a weekend and just do things I liked to do and not worry about school. The break usually helped me get back on tract with school. Try it and see if it helps!
     
  18. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    Are all of your friends also demotivated?

    I find that talking or working with people who are driven actually motivates me to study more!
     
  19. medlover247

    medlover247 7+ Year Member

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    Thanks for the advice everyone!


    and no thanks! :laugh:
     
  20. emaj1n

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    Get some exercise. It's a natural de-stresser and helps you concentrate. I swear, playing basketball three or four times a week got me through undergrad.

    Also, someone mentioned energy drinks and coffee? I actually think that's a horrible idea, based on my experience. The more soda and coffee I drank, the more tired I felt. In all honesty, drink more water. Buy one Avian or Deer Park bottle a day and refill it three, four, five times. I kept a big two-and-a-half gallon jug in my mini fridge and would sip while I studied. Increasing my water intake always made me feel more alert.

    The biggest thing: do something fun once in a while!
     
  21. Guile

    Guile 1K Member 5+ Year Member

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    +1 for this suggestion.

    Except work construction (or frame houses). You'll never be so motivated in your life to study (or have as good of a tan :D).
     
  22. Guile

    Guile 1K Member 5+ Year Member

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    You are in a very small minority of people who experience the opposite effect most people do--stimulation. I agree with the above posters. Caffeine can do wonders for motivation and focus. Just use it wisely and try not to develop a tolerance (only drink when you have to). Coffee is good because there are no calories, and it is also the most antioxidant-rich food/beverage in the American diet. It's actually not bad for you, in moderation.
     
  23. Raihan Mirza

    Raihan Mirza The Lone Rider 5+ Year Member

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    To keep myself motivated I watch the Rocky Anthology. I don't know why but watching Rocky Balboa work his ass off to be the heavy weight Champion motivates me to study really hard.
     
  24. maeryn

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    I don't do drugs, but if I ever injected anything into my body, it'd be Tab Energy. I live off of it. :love:

    Back on topic, to keep me motivated, I read a lot of autobiographies and books written by doctors about their time spent throughout residency and on. It gives me a somewhat clear image to hold on to.
     
  25. NervousNed

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    just to go along with all the comments about working fastfood/retail, you dont want to be saying "do you want fries with that"
     
  26. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    Nothing like the fear of becoming the next manager at Buenos Tacos to motivate you to study really, really hard.
     
  27. Agent47

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    :D ...............................:laugh: MEE TOO!! BUT...

    I also watch "LoST" ...It's amazing series....that Dr. Jack give me motivation.:D
     
  28. eternalrage

    eternalrage Even Kal has bad days... 10+ Year Member

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    LOST IS THE BOMB

    yay for new ep tonite

    DIE JULIETTE DIE

    DIE SUN DIE
     
  29. lina123321

    lina123321 ralph: im a unitard 5+ Year Member

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    most definitely agree w/this:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: ...
     
  30. UnderdogMD

    UnderdogMD Blow the Whistle!!! 7+ Year Member

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    Its not your fault. Society has distorted our image. "just don't feel like studying", then don't. If you know you are capable of getting good grades then that should be enough. You don't have to prove yourself to anybody. Working hard is way overrated. My honest advice is have lower expectations for yourself. People come to college aiming for a 4.0 and they end up overworked, frustrated, and depressed (not unlike yourself). Do like me, aim for a 3.0. My GPA is 3.08 and I feel like a winner. I achieve my goal every semester. Hows that for a sense of accomplishment? Follow my advice and things will start to look a little bit brighter.
     
  31. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    Right behind you
    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    I do agree, though, with the "If you don't feel like studying, then don't." Give yourself a break, forcing yourself to study is, in my experience, not very productive because you just get more and more frustrated but aren't learning the material. So let yourself be lazy and procrastinate, and then go back to the books once you feel more like it.

    The "aim for a 3.0" while trying to get into medical school, well, it's just insane.
     

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