So my advice? Schedule in study time like it’s a job. Study early and study often. Study when the material you learned from class in fresh in your mind. Review it until you understand the principles behind what you are trying to learn, rather than just memorizing things at the last minute for a test. Every week, schedule time to review your notes from each class you have as soon as possible after the class so that it’s fresh in your mind. Try to understand rather than memorize.

Some things obviously you need to memorize, like names of things in biology, but take physics for example (because that’s what I do). You could memorize formulas and then you’ll just forget them all and if you go to take another physics class or the MCAT and you’ll have to memorize them all over again. But if you try to understand the principles behind the formulas, you’ll have to do less memorizing, and you’ll have an easier time figuring out tricky questions on a test because you understand where the formulas come from and you’ll see how to modify them or bring in seemingly unrelated things to solve tricky problems.

When you study this way, you’ll run into things that you just don’t get. Instead of just trying to memorize things, go talk to your professor. Say, “I was reading in my notes that (whatever), but I don’t really see where that comes from and it doesn’t make sense to me. Could you help me see where that comes from/why that works like it does?” This accomplishes several things other than helping you learn whatever you’re trying to learn. It makes your professor know who you are, which makes them more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt in unclear marking situations (like you’re right on the border of a B+/A-). It’s just a subconscious thing for most people that they are more likely to want someone they know to do well than a faceless name on a grade sheet. It will also help when it comes to letter of recommendation time. Not only will your professors actually remember who you are, they’ll remember you as someone who wants to understand their subject rather than someone who wants to get a good grade and suck up to the prof and get into med school.

So, to sum up all of that:
-study early
-study often
-try not to work under pressure
-schedule it in like a job and show up for it
-try to understand, not memorize, and talk to your profs when you don’t get it

Success is…
– going from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm
– doing well and being passionate about the things that you don’t like
– being able to master oneself – personality, energy levels, breaking bad habits, etc.
– making the right choice right now, instead of dawdling over trivial matters

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.

Everyone in life gets knocked down, but life only rewards those who get back up.

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

Change is difficult but often essential to survival.

Hard training, easy combat; easy training, hard combat.

We tend to get what we expect.

Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles, they toughen and make strong.

Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
If you don’t desire to win then you have already lost.

Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

Most important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

“Those who fear rejection will experience it. Those who believe in success will experience success. Your life will follow your dominant mental thoughts.”

“Have some urgency in your life. Don’t say you will do it one day. Achieve it today. Don’t wait to be great. Be great now.”

“Failure is only permanent when you have accepted it as your reality. Refuse to quit until you achieve the results that you desire.”

“Most people will never achieve success because they give up too soon. You have to believe that success is your only option. Its not a matter of if you will be successful but when you will be successful.”

“Never underestimate your true potential. If you limit your thoughts, you will limit your life. Power comes from within you from your thoughts.”

“Tired of getting the same results? Stop doing what you have been doing and  change your approach until you achieve the results you desire.”

“Perseverance moves you through those trying times that would make the average person quit.”

“Success or failure in life depend on the quality of your thoughts. Master the art of thought and your dreams will become your reality.”

You can Achieve Anything you Desire

You can achieve anything you believe with power and control over your thoughts and actions. You are the master of your future but it is entirely up to you to make your dreams come true. Don’t let someone work harder than you. Don’t let someone achieve the results that you desire while you sit back like a spectator. Life is not a spectator sport. Life happens when you make life happen. Make your life happen by consistently achieving the results that you desire by committing to constant and never ending improvement. Remember that perfect practice leads to consistent performances and consistent performances equal consistent success.

Where are you in your life today? Are you chasing your dreams? Or having you given up because you have experienced some setbacks? When you are chasing success, you are going to have setbacks. What determines what happens from there is how you deal with these setbacks. Are you going to use them as stumbling blocks? Or are you going to use them as stepping stones. When you have a setback in your life, it is only a test. It is up to you on how bad you want to achieve your desired outcomes. Do you have the will to succeed? Do you have the will to win? If you believe in your abilities to achieve and stay committed to your desired outcomes, you will find a way. It is hard to keep a person who is infected with persistence down. You have to decide that no matter what happens along the way, failure is not an option. You are going to succeed because you believe in your abilities to achieve. Nothing is going to stop you. Get your passion burning hotter than ever. Get excited about your desired outcomes. Get excited about your dreams and make them come true. You hold the key to your future, go out there and make your future happen now.

Motivation is like…toilet paper. Better to keep extra around than to wait until it runs out and then be screaming for help.

Immersion is more physical than mental. Simply make it so that only Japanese is physically available to you, and your mind will follow.

Writing doesn’t make your writing better. Writing gets you used to the physical act of producing; reading makes the actual product better.

Little choices add up. What are you choosing now?

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