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Brooklyn College student accepted to 11 medical schools shares her study tips

Posted: 8:24 AM, Mar 30, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-04 14:45:48-04

It's hard enough getting into one medical school — imagine getting accepted by 11!

One student, a senior at  Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College , enjoyed that honor. Chelsea Batista, 21, of East New York, is weighing all her options after hearing from some of the top medical schools in our area.

Chelsea's study tips:

1) Homework is never fun, but sometimes it's the only way I'll study. Especially in uninteresting courses, I will hate studying, but I make sure to put a lot of effort into my coursework because that helps me study best, by applying my knowledge that I gained in the classroom.

2) If the methods used in class don't work, find new methods. I'm a visual and tactile learner. I remember things best when I hand write my notes. I also like to color code because then I associate different colors with different subjects. It was a very helpful trick when I prepped for the MCAT. I remember Chem/Phys was green, Psych/Soc was orange, and I think CARS was hot pink.

3) Figure out when your ideal time to study is, establish a pattern of always studying at that time. I'm a morning person. The earlier I'm up the more things I get done. I'm on campus early every morning by 8 a.m. even though I don't have class until 9:30 or 11, and I'll spend those hours studying, completing assignments, and planning my week. Getting into that habit early has actually helped me get ahead in my classes.

4) I am never afraid to ask questions. I am that girl that asks a million questions in a lecture. I don't mind sounding dumb for asking because in those 10 seconds I may seem dumb for knowing nothing, but after asking, I will know it. Compared to not asking and actually not knowing the answer later when it matters.

5) My professors are resources I treasure. I am definitely one to take advantage of office hours in particularly difficult or interesting courses. Quite a few of my professors are helpful with guidance, career advice, and pro tips on how to make it by in their courses. I wasn't close to every professor, but the few that stood out to me were the ones that encouraged me to continue asking them questions and to improve. For some professors, I became a familiar face in their office and they were so helpful and supportive, and I was able to set up such a great rapport with them that I got recommendation letters from a few of them for medical school.