I wish I had known about Study Hacks six years ago.
The blog devoted to college success is a wonderful resource for any student, but is especially relevant for pre meds. In the highly competitive, stressed out pre med world, the Study Hacks philosophy towards college offers a refreshing perspective.
As a pre med can you realistically expect to have a low stress life? Study Hacks that through some careful planning, strategic studying and limiting extracurricular activities, the answer is an emphatic YES. Check out the quick summary post on being a successful pre med student.
I thouroughly enjoyed college and I was a successful student. However I worked hard and was often stressed. I recognize now that much of this stress could have been avoided and I could have even been a stronger candidate for medical school. How? By being disiciplined enough to follow a few simple principles that Study Hacks reccomends.
The blog is full of great ideas, but here are a few of my favorites-
The Straight A Method: How to Ace College Courses. Self explanatory.
Do fewer things, do them well and know why you’re doing them.
The Interestingness Hypothesis. Here’s a quote from the article, “For these students, extracurricular activities play a different role than for their peers. They don’t use activities to signal their qualities, they use them instead to transform themselves into more interesting people. In other words, what’s important about an activity is not its impressiveness, but its impact on your personality.”
The Value of Hard Focus.
The Power of Context when Studying. In med school (only 3 months away!) I’m looking forward to studying in my favorite pub with a microbrew in hand. This post is my inspiration.
Explore Study Hacks on your own, it’s well worth your time. Cal Newport, the author, knows what he is talking about and he is truly passionate about helping students. He’s also written two books which I haven’t read, but if the blog is any indication of the quality of his work I have no problem reccomending them.
How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less
How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country’s Top Students