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Studying at home versus at school

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by CampUnity, Sep 21, 2007.

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  1. CampUnity

    CampUnity 2+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2007
    I studied at the school lounge before, and it was going well until I socialize too much there. It's hard not to talk to your friends at the school's study room when you see them there. So I tried to make some adjustment and moved back to my apartment to study. But there's just too much distraction at home. Do you guys feel the same way or experience similar thing?
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  3. samenewme

    samenewme Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 9, 2002
    Well, let me put it this way. I'm studying at home, only I'm on SDN right now.

    Some of my classmates study at a coffee shop away from school. No friends, no laundry/TV/kitchen/Internet.
  4. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2005
    Right behind you
    I alternate, because I get tired of either place eventually.

    I try to study in the library in the mornings, I'll get to campus somewhat early and study until around 4-5pm, when I go home. Sometimes, if I don't go to class I'll just stay at home, and during the weekends I stay at home all the time. I get less distracted in the library, but I'm much more comfortable at home (for instance my apartment isn't freezing!). At home I have a clean bathroom, snacks and water available right away, and distractions for when I want them.

    I try to do 45mins-1 hour of studying, then take 15 minute break in between. This makes things soooo much better, because I don't get as sick of studying. I've tried to go for hours straight, but I burn out pretty quickly. Obviously, when I'm at home I try to close my laptop, and turn everything else off, with the exception of the background music or news sometimes.
  5. CampUnity

    CampUnity 2+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2007
    Thanks guys, I am still studying at home. I tried taking a 10-15minutes break after 45minutes of studying. That is a big help, I am less frustrated now. Also, I shut down my laptop and only go on it when according to a schedule that I made up. That helps alot also. I am not sure whether studying at home will work out for me, but I am going to keep trying and see what's up.
  6. ZagDoc

    ZagDoc Ears, Noses, and Throats 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2007
    I can't study at home. Between domestic stuff, TV, internet, and all that jazz there's just too many distractions. I study in the library in a little solo cubicle by a window most of the time, though I also do the coffeeshop thing if I need to mix it up.
  7. GatorHockeyDoc

    GatorHockeyDoc 2+ Year Member

    Sep 7, 2006
    I prefer to study at the library where there are less distractions as well. Also, if I study at home I usually end of getting up eating an entire box or two of cheez-its.
  8. alphaholic06

    alphaholic06 Doctor, Who? Me? 10+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2004
    I can't study at either. My home is my sanctuary. I prefer to study at school in one of the study rooms. I will also go to Barnes and Noble when I need some background noise.
  9. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    yeah, I socialize a lot, but that enables me to study (and socialize) for, say, 12 hours a day, rather than trying to study in a room all by myself and not do anything, because that would last about 2 hours. And if I was at home trying that, I'd be browsing the internet, napping, cleaning, etc.
  10. DocYuki

    DocYuki The Gamer Student 5+ Year Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    I fought with this for a little while myself.

    The library and study areas are typically filled with kids trying to psyche each other out and intimidate each other. I like to avoid all the extraneous crap.

    So, I study by far, at home. I live with my older sister (a 3rd year at my medical school) and her husband. It's always very quiet here - basically no ambient noise other than my own, soft music. I study out in the kitchen-area where I have a big, wooden table and, while I have my laptop there, I keep it slammed shut while I study.

    Of course, I often use study materials online, in which case I'm pretty good about staying off of the SDN and (more critically) instant-messaging. Other than that, I learned the key is to use a laptop and keep the thing shut!

    For me, it's not a function of where I study, or for how long...it really comes down to how effectively did I focus and how much will I retain for the exam? Finding that element is an on-going process.

    I do study at school...I see myself doing that close to exam-time and later on, before finals. But for the typical weeks, I'm very comfy at home.
  11. DoctaJay

    DoctaJay bone breaker Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    San Diego
    I love studying at home. I tried to study at the library once and it was too intense, seeing my classmates with piles of books stacked up with their microscope on the side, etc., etc. At home I can avoid SDN by turning off my WIFI, and I can sit and study, snack on food, listen to music without head phones, fart :), etc. Its just more comfortable. Plus I live like 30 secs from school so it makes more sense too.
  12. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2005
    Right behind you

    That is always the stressing part of studying in the library. :laugh: Or the occassional person that stops by to say hi and asks "So, what are you working on?" or the one who proceeds to tell you everything they've studied so far. It always makes me feel like I'm behind. That's why I like my apartment, no distractions I can't turn off.
  13. vgirl712

    vgirl712 2+ Year Member

    May 17, 2007
    I can't study at my apartment. I mostly get distracted by my computer. Even when I have my computer at school or other public places, I'm not as distracted because I feel "guilty" if I play games or check facebook. I study best at school, but it's soooo freezing and I have to make sure I bring drinks and snacks or else it would never work.

    My favorite place to study is probably panera... free refills on coffee, tea, and soda, and some mild distraction.
  14. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    :thumbup: :cool: :laugh:
  15. Re3iRtH

    Re3iRtH Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 27, 2006
    You're a female medical student and you're into computer games?
    Are you single?? :laugh: :laugh:
  16. Depakote

    Depakote Pediatric Anesthesiologist Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

    Nov 2, 2004
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    I force myself to go to school to study because I accomplish no studying at home. At school, I'll usually lock myself in a lab or a quiet room with no other people to distract me. It generally works pretty well.
  17. CindyLou

    CindyLou 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    i get much more studying done either at home or in the library away from everyone else.

    im the type of person that is easily intimidated with everyone else's massive books stacked, their navigating through a blood smear acting like they found a basophil...ugh i just sometimes need to get some space :rolleyes:

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