My study routine during COVID-19 and studying online.


As you know, after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, my school gave us the option to go back home and study remotely , or to stay in the island but still end the semester online. After a lot of thought and with a lot of uncertainty, I decided to travel back home without knowing the challenges that awaited me and, honestly, having no plan whatsoever. Only knowing that there was a lock-down back home.

Thinking retrospectively, coming home to study was a challenge because of the whole COVID-19 situation, the school trying to help us out in the middle of this madness, missing my friends, and not having an idea of how to study a hands-on profession online ๐Ÿฅด.

Being in a lock-down with all this uncertainty can definitely affect productivity and anyone’s mental health. Which, at the same time, could be reflected in a med students grades (my case). Today, 7-8 months later, I finally learned how to cope with the situation and with being stuck at home in online medical school. So, after a lot of struggling and a rollercoaster of emotions, I found what works for me and decided to share it with you.

So here we go…

On a normal day without having errands to run my (ideal) routine consists of the following:

8:30-9:30am-Inmediately after waking up I make myself a balanced breakfast and drink coffee โ˜•

After breakfast I do my morning higiene routine and a 10-15 minutes meditation session, 5-mins of journaling, and my to-do-list for the day. ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

I start overviewing lectures and doing Anki cards.

I start classes online or watch the recorded or live lectures ๐Ÿ’ป

At mid-morning I take a break and eat a snack ๐Ÿ“

Back to studying (I create and review my Anki cards) ๐Ÿ“–

12:30-1:00pm-I make myself lunch ๐Ÿฅช

Classes moved an hour later so probably watching another Zoom live lecture while having lunch.

More studying (probably still working on Anki cards for another class) ๐Ÿ“š

Snack 45mins-1 hour before working out. ๐ŸŽ

4:30-5:30pm- Working out and showering (45 mins-1 hour) ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

Back to studying (Time to practice questions or do quizzes for a specific class) โŒจ

7:00-8:00pm- Dinner ๐Ÿฒ

At this time I’m doing research, extracurricular (online), or writing an article and doing what I call a “self-care exercise*” ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿพ

Usually 11:00 pm on normal days and 12:00am-1:00am on exam weeks -Go to bed ๐Ÿ˜ด

*Some of my self-care exercises include meditating for a couple of minutes, journaling, lighting a candle, drinking a glass of wine, blogging, painting my nails, or wearing a facial mask, among others.

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โ€œItโ€™s what you learn after you know it all that counts.โ€
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