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  • #40160
    rockfeverrockfever
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    i just wanted to say that i have been skipping classes espeically morning classes for about 2 weeks now. I go to the mandatory classes and labs otherwise i stay home and study. I feel about a thousand percent better physically, mentally, etc. i get the correct amount of sleep and have more time to spend with my son. my most energetic time is in the mornings so now i can use that to my advantage. i took my first exam since skipping this past monday and the results aren’t in. but since my stress level is down, i am fairly sure that i passed and that’s all that matters. we have 2 exams this week and one per week until thanksgiving so i’m not sure how i could have dealt with that without skipping.

    #40161
    MelissaGrayMelissaGray
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    I go to most of my classes, but it all depends on whether I feel it is good use of my time.

    Most of the time, I benefit from hearing the lecture, but there are some instances where I can get more from using that hour myself than I can from being in class.

    You definitely have to make the most of your time…and your sanity. 😀

    #40162
    LindseyLindsey
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    I only went to class first semester, and VERY RARELY after that. As a result, I did very well first two years….and they were very benign. I had plenty of time at home with the kiddo and plenty of time to study. Everybody has her/his own way of learning, but I never knock anybody for skipping school!

    Third year is AWESOME! I had surgery first….then Medicine, and now Peds. I absolutely love it!!! Do what ya’ gotta do!

    Peace~
    Lindsey

    #40163
    LindseyLindsey
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    I only went to class first semester, and VERY RARELY after that. As a result, I did very well first two years….and they were very benign. I had plenty of time at home with the kiddo and plenty of time to study. Everybody has her/his own way of learning, but I never knock anybody for skipping school!

    Third year is AWESOME! I had surgery first….then Medicine, and now Peds. I absolutely love it!!! Do what ya’ gotta do!

    Peace~
    Lindsey

    #40164
    momofchrismomofchris
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    Do whatever works best for you. Personally, I didn’t attend a single class my second year except for required clinics and PBL sessions. I stayed home with my baby most of the time and studied during his nap times and in the evenings. I ended up making very good grades 2nd year and did very well on my Step 1 too. It all depends on your own learning style and your priorities.

    #40165
    rockfeverrockfever
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    Originally posted by momofchris:
    It all depends on your own learning style and your priorities.

    this is so true. i actually liked going to class and it helped with the material somewhat. in the end i still had to do the indepenedent studying though and i was doing it at night when my energy is at it’s lowest.also it seems as if it takes me forever to go through the material that is on an exam. if i don’t get interrupted my classes, it is so much easier.

    #40166
    DrLucyDrLucy
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    I totally support you, Bermie, and anyone else who is skipping class!!! I would love to.

    They have made it somewhat difficult at my school to skip, however. I tried at the beginning and biochemistry really suffered. I had to go back. We had this one prof who would intentionally leave out pertinent details in his printed notes that he only gives during lecture. It was a nightmare and now I’ve recovered. They also make you feel soooooo guilty! I can’t believe it. I’ve heard of so many people who skip and do well, but I haven’t figured out how.

    And then, when you ask someone who does go to class all the time what happened and such, they seem to resent it. I can’t say I blame them. How do you know you haven’t missed out on a hand-out or other notes? :tired: to get study time in, but it’s only two hours before I have to get up w/ the kids and prepare for the day.

    I just don’t think I’ve got this figured out yet. :banghead: I think I’ve probably cried almost every day since school started. Something’s got to give!

    #40167
    rockfeverrockfever
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    you really have to have someone else who is able to pick up handouts for you. i have a classmate who is also a mom who is able to go to class pick up the handouts fo rme. otherwise, when i make it to the mandatory classes, the handouts are sitting there in a pile.
    for most of the classes, there is a note taking service so that is helpful.
    i feel a twinge of guilt too about not going but i feel so good physically and i am on top of my work- well prioritized work anyway.
    i do feel a little isolated from my classmates but to be honest the only thing thta i woudl do more if i didn’t have a fmaily is the comunity service. i like to study by myself and am not into bar hopping.
    i cannot wait until the lab courses- anatomy and histology are over with. i probably will never go to school then!

    #40168
    rockfeverrockfever
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    you really have to have someone else who is able to pick up handouts for you. i have a classmate who is also a mom who is able to go to class pick up the handouts for me. otherwise, when i make it to the mandatory classes, the handouts are sitting there in a pile.
    for most of the classes, there is a note taking service so that is helpful.
    i feel a twinge of guilt too about not going but i feel so good physically and i am on top of my work- well prioritized work anyway.
    i do feel a little isolated from my classmates but to be honest the only thing that i would do more if i didn’t have a family is the comunity service. i like to study by myself and am not into bar hopping.
    i cannot wait until the lab courses- anatomy and histology are over with. i probably will never go to school then!

    #40169
    doctormomdoctormom
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    I tried to go to classes but it was just too much for me. I felt horrible and knew I wasn’t taking good enough care of myself. So, I started skipping. At first, I felt a little out of sorts. Not sure what was covered in class. Out of touch with classmates. Disoriented to the material. That lasted a week or two…now I’d never go back! It is so much easier to just get the book and read it. And it is a lot more efficient. Yes, it’s hard to get notes. A lot of times I just don’t even get them. But, I’m learning the information well, am doing well (well enough) on exams and am going to rock the boards since much of my learning is focused in that direction. So, if you’re considering staying home, I’d say go for it and enjoy having some free time 😮 while in med school.

    #40170
    doctormomdoctormom
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    Also, a note to DrLucy: Have you spoken with your professors? Ask them for the notes (the may even e-mail them to you.) I know they’ll be shocked by it…but it’s their job to help you learn. And learning takes many forms. Also, do you have a learning specialist at your school. Someone whose job it is to make sure students get the support that they need? That person can line you up with a tutor or make sure you get the notes or get the information in another form (ie audiotaped/videotaped etc.) If you don’t have a learning specialist, at least go see someone in the student affairs office. And don’t take any crap about needing to rise to their expectations. You are paying them to help you learn to become an MD. You can handle it no problem if they do their jobs well. And it is about time medical schools realize that students have families (not just fathers with stay at home wives) and they are going to need to accomodate us. One last thing, I know you are stressed and tired and that there is way too much information coming at you way too fast. But hang in there. You CAN do this. Find your allies and rely on your support system. You don’t have to do it alone. :wave:

    #40171
    doctormomdoctormom
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    Okay, I know that this is my 3rd post. But I just thought of something else that might help DrLucy. A student from the year ahead of me who gave me all her notes/study sheets etc. Course content changes so little from year to year. It might make biochem easier. It has helped me so much. Is there a way that you can find a student from the class ahead of you? Another thing that has helped me is to get copies of old exams. They are printed at a campus copy center here (available to all, totally ethical.) Do you have such a system? If so, it might help to you look at them so that you know what is emphasized in the class. One last thing…I’m bummed to hear that your fellow classmates have not been more supportive. It’s one thing to be busy…it’s a whole lot different if they are rude. Not to generalize too much but you might find that other moms or older/nontraditional students are a little more helpful to each other. Okay, this is REALLY the last thing: I study on my own and then get together with a classmate or two before the exam to quiz each other out loud on the information. We get a lot accomplished in 2 hours and it makes a HUGE difference on exams. And both students benefit (as long as you are at least semi-prepared) Can you identify someone who you could do this with? I hope this helps. Good luck! :hyper:

    #40172
    AnotherJenAnotherJen
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    drmom-I love your posts, keep going if you have more to say!

    These posts have been really helpful for me thinking about next year. I’ve deferred starting med school for a year to have time with my baby who just turned 7 months yesterday! I’ll be starting next year at a med school not known for its family friendliness (no, it’s not hostile, just doesn’t have many mom-students). The idea of staying home to study is great. It’s hard for those of us who got into med school by being the type of student who went to every class and office hours to suddenly think about not going to classes, but priorities are different….

    One med school I almost went to (but it was on the wrong coast) has lectures available on-line by 5pm every day so that students can have lives and be in med school…they have all of their class resources on-line as well, of course… last year several of their 2nd year students had babies — and this is a small school! so the future is out there… :scratchchin:

    it seems that a lot of schools are putting class handouts, study materials, etc. on-line more and more…

    Does anyone have any other advice about studying if you do decide to skip class? any tips, guides to specific courses, etc. are appreciated!

    #40173
    DrLucyDrLucy
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    Dr. Mom,

    You are so sweet to respond to me the way you have (and others too). It really helps to be validated in this way. You just feel so alone out there. This semester just about drove me nuts and I’m not exaggerating. I checked this site one day a couple of weeks ago and I was really upset. I read your post and I just sobbed. It was wonderful in that most female-good cry- somebody understands me- sort of way! :rotfl: I can’t believe how excited I get over a stinking C. Oh well!

    For now, however, I am off to bake Christmas cookies with my eight year old. Happy holidays to you!!!

    Leila

    #40174
    MichalMichal
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    Hi,
    It is encouraging to hear that you can do well in medical school and still have time for your family. Those of you who are successfully “skipping classes”, what schools are you going to?
    Thanks
    Michal

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