Pathology: Studying in NUS

J.’s been spending a lot of time in school. A lot.

Any experienced student will tell you that the following is nice for a good long day/night of studying in school.

1. Books and Notes
Self-explanatory, really. You need to study, yes?

2. Either (a) a locker (b) a really large, durable bag and strong core + shoulder muscles
Getting 1. to the location you’re studying at.

3. Notebook Computer
Incredibly convenient for checking out obscure facts on the internet… such as Ki-67 being an antigen whose levels have good correlation with prognosis for breast cancer. Make sure the usual items are brought along: security cable (unless you bring your laptop with you to meals, etc.), earphones, mouse + mousepad (for irregular surfaces) / trackball, AC adaptor.

4. Large water bottle
Hydration in the dry, dry room. And for rinsing your mouth after drinking coffee.

5. Mug and stirrer + hot chocolate / almond tea / milk / coffee
Motivation. It doesn’t hurt that sometimes the medical society’s welfare secretary has stocked the library with free packets of 3-in-1 coffee.

6. Windbreaker / Sweater / Jacket
Most ladies bring some form of protection against the cold. It even includes items like shawls, mostly. However, even guys are not immune against the effects of cold (oh sure, act macho, pretend you aren’t suffering…). Very useful in air-conditioned rooms on rainy days.

6. Medication
Personally, J. uses Panadol Extra ($4.40 with staff discount) for its composition. Each caplet contains paracetamol 500mg and caffeine 65mg. Fantastic for when you’ve post-bad-night’s-sleep headache but need to study nonetheless. He used to use Anarex, which contains ophenadrine, a muscle relaxant, on top of paracetamol. However, it has a slight effect of making one sleepy. Not ideal, and not available over-the-counter, thus, Panadol Extra.

7. Toiletries
Facial wash and a clean towel are useful for freshening up in the middle of the day. Helps to get that studying mood going again, particularly when you’re sleepy.

8. Location
What is the essence of neurology? Localise, localise, localise. Hmmm. It’s best to get a place with close proximity to the water cooler (which should provide both hot and cold water) and the washroom. It should be sufficiently secluded and quiet. There should be power points and internet access (wired access points or wireless signal). The table should be sprawling enough to scatter one’s notes comfortably.

There’s also the issue of proximity to the washroom and water cooler. The library if it’s necessary to borrow books or to stock up on coffee (see point 5.). The canteen for meals.

9. Friends
Friends help you watch your stuff. Discussions are helpful. Stress-relief in the form of card-playing (limited by discipline, of course) is possible. They can help you pack food back from the canteen. There’s always the generous soul who shares the large packet of chips.

J. thinks that the benefits of having friends around are worth the irritation of the occasional oddball who keeps saying, “Touch me. Touch me now!” Er.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by cheekysalsera on March 20, 2007 at 2:51 am

    I can’t believe you mentioned trackball. XD

    Anw, hmm maybe I should’ve passed you some tea…


  2. Aye… tea. Mm. People use trackballs! Not a lot of people use trackballs, true, and those mostly use specialised trackballs, but yes trackballs have their place in society and should be mentioned.


  3. Posted by clement on November 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Hi. Dear NUS Doc, wondering if you guys do share any notes?


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