Struggling to keep up with my peers - is medicine the right career for me?
Ask the careers psychologist
- By: Caroline Elton
Despite the simplicity of the question (should I stay or leave?), giving a straightforward answer is much more complex.
The first issue you should think about is how you approach your studies. The volume of work increases substantially from sixth form to medical school, and the format of examinations means that rote learning without understanding the material probably won’t work. Most medical schools provide help on how to develop appropriate study skills—for example, on good note taking in lectures or on improving your revision techniques—and you might find that accessing these sorts of sessions would help boost your examination performance. In addition, you might benefit from revising as part of a group, which can help reveal your gaps in knowledge as well as offering the opportunity to learn from others. You could also look for a mentor in the year ahead of you who will be able to provide insight