Confession Sunday

I know it’s not Sunday. Sunday I was studying. Just like I should be studying now. But I can’t keep this to myself any longer.

I think I’m an idiot.

I have been studying. Really. And I’ve been trying so hard. But the exams thus far have sucked. I’ll be lucky if I scrape rewrites in January. If I don’t, I lose my bursary and then it’s over for my medical career.

I don’t seem to be able to remember anything. Understand I can do, but that doesn’t seem to be helping.

So maybe… School was wrong. Maybe I was just lucky. Maybe I’m just an idiot.


  1. Before you give up on yourself, remember that a person’s ability to write an exam is not necessarily reflective of their knowledge or their ability to be a doctor. When I was in med school, one of my friends would study harder than almost anyone else for exams and have a way better knowledge base than I did, yet she always got hung up on the exams and barely squeaked through. She’s currently getting glowing reviews as a second-year surgery resident. So don’t assume that your performance on tests indicates how you’ll do as a doctor. Is there a counseling service of some sort that you could speak to? Some people need help on studying techniques or exam writing techniques to do better in med school.

    Good luck.

    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement. It really helped me through the last bit.

  2. peace says:

    I am too late I am afraid, but I believe practicing an old exam questions is a must. Answering exam questions is an art. As my prof put it ” you can be a walking textbook yet you fail your written”

    1. So true. Unfortunately a lot of it also depends on how a professor likes a question answered. There are those who want it verbatim and others who don’t mind something explained in your own words. I’ll concede that it’s hard to standardise medical testing.

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