Well….. my board exam is in 15 days and so intense studying has begun. When I say intense, I mean studying for at least 20 minutes before I check Facebook 😉
This board exam is called Step 2 Clinical Knowledge. It’s a 9 hour multiple choice exam consisting of 8, 1 hour blocks of questions and 1 hour worth of break time. I took Step 1 after second year (I started this blog the next day!) and I took Step 2 Clinical Skills last month in Atlanta. Now I have Step 2 CK and then I’m done with boards until next year when I have to take Step 3 (it never ends).
Studying has just gotten so hard! I used to be a pro and now… not so much. One thing that makes studying so hard is the fact that it’s literally all I did for the first 2 years of medical school. Third year, I learned most of what I needed to know while I was working at the hospital. So there was definitely less sitting and studying going on.
Another thing that makes studying so hard is that I’m out of shape. I think studying is JUST like working out. You have to condition yourself for it. At the beginning of the semester, you can only study for an hour before wanting to die. By the end of the semester, you’ve trained so hard you can study for 12 hours and not even think twice about it. It’s like running a marathon!!
I’m at the studying 1 hour and hating my life stage. It’s SO hard to not get distracted by things like my computer, painting my nails, cleaning my room, really anything.
One tip I sometimes use is to set my alarm for 50 minutes. I tell myself I MUST study without interruptions until the alarm goes off. Then I can have a 10 minute break. Studies have actually shown that you learn best in 50 minute intervals with 10 minute breaks each hour.
So wish me luck! I will be a studying fool for the next 2 week! (Besides the 2 interviews I have scheduled in there.. oh- and Thanksgiving 🙂 )
Yesterday started out with oats, egg whites, cocoa powder, flax seed, and blueberries. My favorite breakfast ever.
Then I studied, blogged, ate lunch, read too much online, and finally got myself geared up to go to the gym.
Sometimes simple is best- chicken, broccoli, sweet potato, and apples. Don’t judge my love of ketchup please. I posted this pic on instagram and got a comment that this meal showed good portions and I agree! I actually measured out my chicken (4 oz) and sweet potato (3 oz). I didn’t measure broccoli because I think the more the better. I also put a tsp of butter on my sweet potato just to make it extra tasty.
I did another strength workout (go me!!! I am still so motivated to lift weights and I love it!) This was a shoulders routine from Jamie Eason of course.
I like to take a picture of the website with my phone and then use that at the gym to guide me. I started the workout with 20 minutes on the elliptical before I hit the weights.
I saw this on instagram and loved it- this is me 100%
I had every intention of doing some sprints after, but I was SO tired and starving, I came home. I made a quick snack of a protein pancake before actually cooking my main meal of cauliflower fried rice (recipe will be posted tomorrow!)
After dinner I needed to study more but wanted something sweet. Emily suggested some hot cocoa- it was so amazing. I made mine with almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a little bit of stevia. I will study again tonight if I get to have this 🙂
Now I’m off to church, more studying, and some good old fashioned cardio today. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday friends!!!
Do you have any studying tips?