Gateway2Medicine - 2 weeks in...my first thoughts

Gateway2Medicine - 2 weeks in...my first thoughts
2019-01-07

Though it has only been 2 weeks since University has started, my experience has been entirely different to college. There are enormous lecture theatres which house hundreds of students, lectures last an hour and are recorded so you will never miss a thing but despite this lots of information can be packed in, so you can be overwhelmed. For me since I aspire to be a medical student, I knew that keeping on top of course work was essential – but honestly, I don’t have a perfect record with this. The content of the lectures such as ‘The Cell, Fitness Performance and Survival and Chemistry’ are much easier to understand as aspects have been covered at NESCOL, in addition the lecturers are specialists in their area and can explain concepts very well. A benefit of this course is that G2M students support each other and so can Student Learning Support if you struggle. There are breaks between lectures that last an hour long, I use this opportunity to study/catch up, plus the library permits food and drink! 

There are lab practicals in this course so ‘pre and post-lab tests’ must be done beforehand, I personally enjoy doing practicals at university as there is an opportunity to learn from your mistakes independently, but help is there if I need.

The size of the group is quite large but grouping us into pods has allowed me to speak to the other students that study different degrees. In addition, the lecturers that teach me now are the same lecturers for medicine, so I feel I am better prepared for the workload and teaching style that I will witness in medicine."

Fradma, G2M student

Published by The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen

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