How did you get through the hours of studying?

Photo credit: Lisa Tanzer

Photo credit: Lisa Tanzer

QUESTION:

Hi! I am a fresh vet nursing student and work fulltime. I love studying (which is new to me haha), but how can I keep myself motivated for the next two years? How did you get through the hours of studying? 

 

ANSWER:

Great question! Studying takes up so much of your time in vet school. Whenever I got ready to study, I made sure I had my complete “study mode” set up. What do I mean? I made sure I created the right environment, which included snacks, access to coffee/tea, and my music. For me, having all these things in place made it easier for me to get into a study mode. For instance, it is very difficult for me to study at my apartment because it’s easy for me to get distracted and libraries are so boring. So, I prefer to set up at a coffee shop.

Next, I would rotate the subjects I was studying during a single study session. Let’s say I was studying anatomy, but after a while the words just seemed to blend together, and I wasn’t retaining any new information. I would move on to histology and eventually make my way back to anatomy when I was ready again.

Another good studying tip is to have at least one study partner. You don’t have to meet all the time, but it is good to meet once a week and usually more when it gets closer to exam time. Think of it as an accountability partner.

Finally, sometimes you just need to take a break. Maybe it’s one day or two or more--only you know. Sometimes you can get burned out within the semester and you need to recharge. It can consist of treating yourself to a binge-watching session on Netflix or going to bed early. Do what you need to relax so you will have energy for another study surge.

Hope this helps.

 

-- Dr. G