A guide to medical etiquette: how to revise
- By: David McAllister
By now most of you will be aware that it is considered very bad form to relate for how long you actually study. Instead, when talking to your colleagues, alternate between ridiculous understatement and gross exaggeration. The aim of this is to produce in them wild oscillations between inappropriate complacency and abject terror.
Of course, as with much of life it is the quality, rather than the quantity, of revision that is important. Guides on how to revise abound. Ignore these and instead assimilate the following. When you study is crucial. The most effective students study both before and during their exam period. Those who study after this time are considerably less successful, and students who study during the actual exam are vilified. While neither the Student BMJ nor myself condone this irrational bigotry, you as a student should remain aloof from such politics. Protest, in this case, would merely