Oh no! Final exams are upon us. Once again, most of us will have mixed feelings about it. Some will have doubts if they are going to make it to the end or not, some will have the confidence to make it through, and some may have already given up from the very beginning. Trust me, you are not alone in this, everyone feels the same way. What is important is how you strategize your time and your studies.
Rule number one, never procrastinate! You have to get up and start studying. Forcing yourself will allow you to free your mind from all kinds of negative thoughts about being lazy or lacking the right motivation. Instead of wasting precious time worrying about being unenthusiastic and sluggish, you must first force yourself to take action. You will notice that once you have started, time will fly by and you will gradually get used to your tasks. Once you have gotten into the habit of studying, it will feel natural and you can go on for hours. Most importantly, try as hard as you can to avoid any distractions.
Next, every time you study, make sure to have a goal in mind. It is not necessary to have a longer period of studying, in fact, you have to be smart. You need to know what is important and what is negligible. Consequently you can prevent yourself from prolonging the study period and making you feel tired.
Never ever let yourself feel inferior, even if you have experienced failure before. Just remember, in the field of medicine, failing is a common thing. It does not mean that if you have failed once, you are doomed till the end. No! Instead, the next time you are going to sit for an exam, you need to plan ahead of time and improve. Always strive to push yourself because no one will do it for you. Get back on your own two feet and achieve more.
There are no excuses for you to be lazy. In fact, you have to realize that, sooner or later you are going to be a doctor, a job that holds a lot of responsibilities. Do not expect to be a competent doctor if you yourself refuse to change for the better. Also, never forget to pray to Allah, because as a Muslim we must have faith in Him. Keep in mind to ask your parents to pray for you and always keep a good relationship with the people around you. I wish all of you the best of luck and insya-Allah you will succeed.
Manjaddawajada man zara’ahasada.
Muhammmad Miftahuddin bin Sufyan
6th Year Zagazig University