It is crazy just how incredibly fast life took a 180-degree turn in the last 60 days. From schedules filled with exams, group projects, study groups and lab work to Zoom meetings all day, every day. Sitting at a computer screen from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. is daunting, even more so when no one knows if you are actually paying attention or if you’ve joined the call, pressed mute and are aimlessly scrolling Instagram for the 30th time that day.
As students, we often find ourselves spending our time between one of three places: the clinic, the classroom and the library. Unlike college, “social studying” with friends is no longer a viable option. As much as I miss spending hours sitting on the quad pretending to reading “Introduction to American Literature” while actually talking with my friends about our plans for the weekend, the rigor of dental school demands different study habits. Now that the focus is on efficiency and time management, how can we find new ways to study and stay focused?