Staying motivated

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by hakioawa, Jun 21, 2002.

  1. hakioawa

    hakioawa Junior Member

    Jul 23, 2000
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    I'm about to embark on a 18 month post bac program. Its been a while since I've been in school. I am a fairly good student, but I get bored easily, hence my relatively low GPA (3.44).

    Anyone have any tips to stay motivated? I know if I get a 3.9 or so I've got a really good chance of getting in. But I'm worried about staying motivated for the next 18 months. Ideas?
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  3. Hoo\/er

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    Feb 10, 2002
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    1. Come up with a regular study plan and STICK TO IT! Pre-plan your hours of study and treat it like a full-time job.

    2. Make time for a social life. Sure, most people can do well in school if all they do is sit home and study. However, this is probably the easiest way to get burned out and completely give up. Don't take away time from studying (see number 1 above), rather make time to go out with your friends.

    3. Stay focused on your dream. Do whatever it takes to do this. This may sound cheesy, but it might help to put up subtle reminders of your desire to enter medicine -- whatever they may be.

    4. Remember that 18 months is not that much time. Stay focused on the "big picture" and you'll be starting medical school before you know it!

  4. encee

    encee Member

    May 4, 2002
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    Keep long term vision. With the amount of work coming your way, realize that the $$$ you are spending on your program and the fact that if you don't do well, it will hurt your application, there will be no time to feel bored.

    Depending on which program you are doing, you might be taking med school courses. If you are bored in this, what do you expect to feel in med school.

    I say find a study-buddy or a group of a few students to study with. This way you guys can pull eachother through.

    Exercise--this can clear your mind, and help you focus.

    Just remind yourself of the reasons you are doing this. W/ time, $$$, and effort you have been and are about to spend, you will see that to lose discipline will only hurt you. Don't forget your potential--think of it like a competitive athlete. Focus, discipline, and hard work! Good luck!

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