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Got good news today!

ermedicine:

I found out the reason I was wait listed, and it didn’t seem to be due to my interview or whether or not they felt I would be a fit at their school. Based on the e-mail, the admissions committee decided that to wait list me pending my grades at the end of the semester. Depending on my performance, I am told I can be moved off the wait list at that time!!!

I’m so happy for you :D:D:D:D:D:D!!

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Study Tip
How to Study by MIT Graduate

Scott Young recently finished an astounding feat: he completed all 33 courses in MIT’s fabled computer science curriculum, from Linear Algebra to Theory of Computation, in less than one year. More importantly, he did it all on his own, watching the lectures online and evaluating himself using the actual exams. Check out the link for more in depth info.

1. Coverage

The first step in learning anything deeply, is to get a general sense of what you need to learn.For a class, this means watching lectures or reading textbooks. For self-learning it might mean reading several books on the topic and doing research.
Take sparse notes while reading, or do a one-paragraph summary after you read each major section.

2. Practice
Practice problems should be used to highlight areas you need to develop a better intuition for.
Non-technical subjects, ones where you mostly need to understand concepts, not solve problems, can often get away with minimal practice problem work. In these subjects, you’re better off spending more time on the third phase, developing insight.

3. Insight

THE FEYNMAN TECHNIQUE
The technique is simple:

a)Get a piece of paper
b) Write at the top the idea or process you want to understand
c)Explain the idea, as if you were teaching it to someone else

What’s crucial is that the third step will likely repeat some areas of the idea you already understand. However, eventually you’ll reach a stopping point where you can’t explain. That’s the precise gap in your understanding that you need to fill.

For Formulas

Formulas should be understood, not just memorized. So when you see a formula, but can’t understand how it works, try walking through each part with a Feynman.

Most intuitions about an idea break down into one of the following types:

a)Analogies – You understand an idea by correctly recognizing an important similarity between it and an easier-to-understand idea.

b)Visualizations – Abstract ideas often become useful intuitions when we can form a mental picture of them. Even if the picture is just an incomplete representation of a larger, and more varied, idea.

c) Simplifications – A famous scientist once said that if you couldn’t explain something to your grandmother, you don’t fully understand it. Simplification is the art of strengthening those connections between basic components and complex ideas.

http://calnewport.com/blog/2012/10/26/mastering-linear-algebra-in-10-days-astounding-experiments-in-ultra-learning/ (via not-now-im-studying)
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  • AnonymousHi! Can I ask why you went from premed to prepharm? I want to be prepharm but so many people are telling me that there are no more jobs for pharmacists anymore :(
  • Yes, of course!

    I actually switched after I graduated (I was planning to live with ermedicine. go through the post-bac, get a masters, apply to medical school—yaddi yaddi yah). 

    Well, somewhere along the way I realized that becoming a doctor just wasn’t the right fit for me. I enjoyed learning about diagnoses and illnesses, but I especially loved learning about medications, how they interact with each other/affect the body, etc etc.

    When I worked in the ER, I saw a lot of patients who came in because they didn’t take their medication properly. As a pharmacist, I want to counsel patients (or customers!) and change that. 

    There’s not a clear answer for this (I would liken it to the “why do you want to be a doctor?” question). There are tons of professions in the healthcare field, but pharmacy clicked for me. 

    It comes down to what YOU want to do in the healthcare field. I highly recommend shadowing a doctor and a pharmacist (or work as a scribe/pharm-tech)—because you will get good feel for what life is like as a doctor/pharmacist.

    In the end, anon, you should choose the career that you won’t regret. Pharmacy was the right decision for me (regardless of a job shortage or not). And hey, ermedicine and I may end up in the same hospital..some day ;) 

    Hope that helps! 

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