The Metrics of Anatomy and Physiology

I thought I’d do a revised edition of one of my most popular blog posts of last year, namely “The Metrics of Vet School”. Almost a year later, I felt there was a need for an updated, more accurate version. So today, I’m going to take you through an average day of studying Anatomy and Physiology in vet school, and how many hours I spend on an ideal day. It’s worth noting that not all days are like this, and today the stars aligned just perfectly for me to have a bit of extra time to read.

My usual study hall setup.

My usual study hall setup.

I started the day off by running some errands before going off to uni for my 9 AM lecture. After learning about the physiology of the respiratory system for 2 hours, we went and had lunch. Since we have a schedule, where we alternate between the days we dissect and days where we have time to do independent studies, we didn’t have anything else planned for that day. So while one half of the class went to the dissection labs, the other half, including me, had the rest of the afternoon off to study.

The only drawing I did while working today, a lil' kidney!

The only drawing I did while working today, a lil' kidney!

From noon until about half past five, I studied the urinary and respiratory systems, as well as acid-base regulation throughout the body. After spending five and a half hours in study hall, I called it a day, went home and went straight out for a run.

First run this autumn I've had to wear mittens, the rain was coming down pretty hard outside! (Disregard how dirty our hallway floor is btw)

First run this autumn I've had to wear mittens, the rain was coming down pretty hard outside! (Disregard how dirty our hallway floor is btw)

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Since I’d already figured out the framework for today’s blog post the previous night, I thought I’d end up spending the rest of the evening doing some more work. Instead, I decided to just chill out, eat dinner with my partner, and relax on the couch while watching him play Shadow of War. Overall, I’d already spent about 5 hours reading, and had two hours of lectures, giving us a grand total of 7 hours of work. Although this doesn’t take into account the time spent snacking, making tea, the 20 minutes I spent discussing the newest Star Wars trailer with my classmates, and whatever other time sink occurred, I feel like I got a lot of stuff done today. Instead of going back to work like I’d previously planned, I got to enjoy a nice and relaxing evening, and that can be equally as important.

In conclusion, I think this is a fairly accurate representation of how much time I spend revising. I usually take into account the dips and bursts in energy I have throughout the day, and try to work with them, not against them. For instance, I’m a night owl. So instead of trying to work before school, I usually schedule a longer break between 4 and 7 PM, and section my work into two sessions, one after lectures, in study hall, and the other later in the evening, when I’ve had some time to unwind, eat dinner, and exercise. How do you schedule your work? Leave a comment below and tell me how you structure your study sessions. I’d love to know!