How to study
Even though she claims she hates studying, consultant anaesthetist Leyla Sanai has passed all her many exams at the first sitting. In this article she shares her tips for success
Studying for exams is a nightmare. There is no easy way of doing it--it is a relentless grind. Two of the worst things about medical school are the frequency and enormity of the exams. No sooner have you finished one and had a breather for a couple of months when another looms forebodingly on the horizon, with its whispered threats of doom in the form of resits, or being “booted” out should you fail.
When I was a student there seemed to be people who could breeze effortlessly through all their exams with minimal effort. Some of these people boasted about how they had barely picked up a textbook, and bragged about nights spent in the pub instead of studying. These individuals were telling huge porkies. It's impossible to make it through medical school without working hard--the sheer volume of facts to be learnt mitigates against luck or brains as