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A cycle

After a recent conversation with a friend’s father in Chinese New Year, his words stuck in my mind saying that we should learn to take things easy, instead of pushing too hard for it, because things might turn out the other way.

Yes. I agree, being A type and all stress out does not guarantee the outcome.. In a stressed state, we feel that we work a lot but in the end we are just paying a lot of effort with a little outcome.

I am still balancing my physiology needs, biological clock and studies. Insomnia haunts me again.. so i feel fatigue usually after morning class. Instead of pushing through the day like I previously always do, I actually skipped and take the rest I needed. I understand that it is not ideal. Rather being all strained off from the whole day unable to absorb a thing in class and do anything much in the evening. This change somehow it gave me some time to recharge and to work efficiently in the evening.

Perhaps after some adjustment hopefully the insomnia will get better that I can get back on track next week.



I recently participated in a radiology quiz..

The opportunity to be in the same team with a cheerful girl has changed my perspective. Reminding me how a serious person that I have been.

Sometimes having fun makes the people around better persons. 

Still I am afraid of people getting clingy with me. How can I face this fear and deal with it..
Apart from that.. I learnt the importance of teamwork in studying medicine, aka group study and to seek help when needed, and remain humble.

Also to 

Love, when you can.

Passion is essential to enjoy and do well..

I dont know why but I really do love moments of solitary and diving into deep thoughts without interruptions.

This is a photo of us with our beloved radiologist, Dr Aref from Bangladesh whom in so many ways transformed me into a better person with only few weeks of interactions.

A road less traveled

So I have chose to stand on my own because I need freedom, and enjoys attention.
Next week onward I will be driving on my own to classes, clinics and hospitals.
I have friends who stay nearby and would love to carpool, but their attitude towards classes is ‘minimal’, in which it is like most students, they will not care to stay longer after class or to observe more for self-learning purpose. Well, sometimes they would cut short our classes hours. I would do exactly the same had I not did so badly in 6th Form. But I learnt the difference hard work and persistence would make, and was convinced to believe that the art of learning medicine is to get exposed to as many cases as possible.

Well, I have been working on it, I do agree that my standard is not on par on where I should be- better.

It just means I need to work harder and fine tune my approach to increase the efficiency.

Sometimes, I guess we have to walk alone on what we believe.

How to study effectively

I have been wondering on this question since high school. Sometimes my studying method worked, sometimes it was counterproductive.

Divide method into three:
environmental, physiological and cognition.

Environmental is simple, only one key- no distraction. No noise, good lighting, good chair, changes sitting position if you feel uncomfortable, if is even fine to shake around. As long as you are good, and able to concentrate.

Physiologically, studying is a work to be done. We need fuel and a good machine- not just the brain but a good and comfortable body.
Therefore adequate nutrients like nuts, banana helps the brain to obtain enough neurotransmitter to function,
For the body, a full stomach get rids of distraction thinking when to eat next; optimum sleep keeps the brain from exhaustion. It is best to practice routinal sleeping habit, best sleeping time is by 11pm. You will be surprised how well the brain functions like a BMW car engine compare to Proton which slept at 2am.

Cognition, is more towards the abstract part.
To learn, means to register, interpret, storage and recollection.

To register we need to know what it is all about. Memory starts to form the minute we read the first sentence about a topic. It is best to tell the brain where exactly to store them so that the remaining 30 pages of texts storage goes easily where they belong.
Start with a frame work, for example, a surgery topic about thyroid gland. Read through the outline of subheadings like anatomy, Physiology, clinical presentation of hypo and hyperthyroidism, history taking, examination, management and investigation. From this we just told ourselves that ok, so there are 7 things we need to know about thyroid. Get a simple description about each subtopic. Just a grasp of the concept is good enough. This so call mind map will help the brain allocate subsequent incoming information easier. Same goes to reading the content of a book before starting it.
This can be done on the night before a lecture, where we just briefly flip through pages.

Next understand the whole thing thoroughly without rushing to memorize.
What is it all about. Memory is hard to lose unless we did not understand what is it all about at the first place. Thus the brain does not know how to register it.
This is done in lectures.

Thirdly, interpret in a logical manner to form connection between each facts and examples. It can be in your own way, as long as it makes sense. Try to identify key word and highlight them in the brain. This further prompt the connection between each subtopic and in them. The key is logical connection. It will be helpful to relate with previous memory or simply daily examples.

Finally, now we understand and so call learnt about the chapter.
It is time to organize the points in order for easy storage. In the sense, to memorize it. Pneumonic, graphic, sound, anything is great as long as it works for you. Personally, my memory very well with demonstration. So I like to explain it to my friend just to hear myself saying it again, and to clear any doubts I might have missed. My visual memory of the experience taking to friends stays quite well.

Now the memory is formed as a recent one in our brain.

Repeat it as much as possible to make it into long term memory. Use it in daily examples, discuss, practice and teach others. Practice makes perfect. It goes on days, months, years, and one day a once tough topic might just sound as easy as nursery rhymes to you.

That’s how our professors made it. Hah!

The 2-5 steps may not happen in the same sequence as sometimes, we might just remember the list but do not understand until the 55th times we talk about it and it goes like Owh! That’s what it all about!

What is your method? 🙂