1st Year Survival Guide

Another one in the ‘Starting Medical School’ series – This was a topic suggested by Simon.



Do learn to cook – This I could not emphasise more! Learn from your parents, or look something up on youtube, or buy some recipe books and give some recipes a bash before you come to uni. I find it amazing the number of people who don’t eve know how to cook pasta when they first arrive at uni. Having a bit of experience cooking might save you a bit of money as well, as it might give a bit more life to some of your pots and pans, and any extra money left around at the weekend will never go amiss! I would definitely try and figure out quite a number of recipes you like as you’ll start to get sick of the same ol’ meals every… single… day!

Do learn to wash clothes/iron – Again, could save you ruining all your clothes

Do stay up to the wee hours of the morning – You’re at uni, and the friends you make now will be with you for at least the next 4-5 or even 6 years. Might as well make as many as you can, right? How better to do this than out and about. To give you an idea, I went out two or three times a week in 1st year and still did well in the end of year exams, so it is possible. However, you do need to work some of the rest of the time. If you go out a few times a week and don’t study, you won’t do well, but if you work a bit, continuously throughout the year, you’ll do fine!

Do go to lectures and tutorials – Even if you’ve only had 5 hours sleep, you should try your best to roll out of bed for those 2 lectures. All you have to do is get the general messages, and can then make more sense of them later on when you’re feeling a bit more human after a nap.



Don’t leave all your studying to the last minute!!! Although, in saying that, some people never learn. Although you might have been able to get away with it at high school, you won’t at uni. Seriously. Nobody gets away with it. There’s too much material to cover, so if you manage to do 2 or 3 hours of work a day, you’ll be onto a winner!


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