West Indies' simple time management suggestion. Too good to be true?


2+ Year Member
May 11, 2015

'One system of time management that you might consider is based on splitting each week of the semester into 21 sessions - mornings, afternoons and evenings. Of these 21 sessions, not more than 8 or 9 are usually occupied by timetabled activities, leaving you with 12 other potential slots. It is strongly suggested that you devote 6 of these to self-study, leaving the other 6 open to fit in time for scheduled recreation and other activities. Each session is about 3 or 4 hours long, and can be split into shorter periods for studying as suggested previously.'

Main Question: Do you know anyone who hypothetically has 6 slots of 3-4 hours of non-educational activities in med school and still does well? Sounds like a dream!


7+ Year Member
Feb 29, 2012
While cbrons is right, I've said it before and I'll say it here: everyone has 20 extra hours a week in medical school.

Few people are honest with themselves about how they spend (waste) them.

The hard chargers are putting most/all of that in to research, etc.

Most are just watching TV or redditing, or hanging out with an SO.

A few are strong enough to go out 3+ nights a week and still keep up with classes.

What we do with them... that's a bell curve, but we've all got the hours.
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