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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.

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5 thoughts on “Confession Sunday”

  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.

  2. 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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