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  • 7 Habits That Revolutionized My Life
    There are habits that have made my life happier, healthier, and more productive. Over the past couple of years, I have tried countless new habits. Some have stuck, some haven’t. Here are the habits that pack the biggest punch, that have made the biggest difference. I tried them out so […]
  • I Traveled 3000 Miles to Ask My Grandpa The Meaning of Life
    My grandpa is 97-years old. He lives 3000 miles away and I love him very much. I wanted to make sure, for my sake, for my family’s sake, for the world’s sake, that there was some record of his story, a memory of the amazing man he is. Here is […]
  • 31 Medical Mnemonics Every Medical Student Should Know
    Here are my favorite and highest yield 31 medical mnemonics you should know in medical school. In medical school, people say weird things. In medical school, people say funny things. I GET PP SMASHED, PLAY TABLE TENNIS INSIDE PLAY TENNIS OUTSIDE, SOAP, SOAP, SOAP. Why do we say these silly […]
  • How I stay focused studying long hours in medical school
    How do you stay focused for long periods of time? Are there certain evidence-based methods that work better than others? What works best and what have I learned in college, post-grad, and now medical school about focusing? In this post, I’ll tell you how I’ve maintained my focus and, therefore, […]
  • How YouTube Revenue works and how to optimize your videos for $
    In a previous post, I talked about how much money I made on YouTube. I really never expected to make that much money after a hobby. There are certain things you need to do before your YouTube channel can start making money. There are certain things you should think about […]
  • How to get out of a rut fast
    The couch is escapable. I promise. In this post, I will show you not only how to extricate yourself from the couch but to do more of the things that make you happy and less of the things that make you unhappy. The rut is beatable. Let’s beat it. Step […]
  • What I Wish I Knew Before Starting Medical School
    This week, at my school, the new medical students start. I have spoken to a few of the incoming first years, and the questions seem to be the same, is it hard? is it fun? How should I study? Here are seven things I wish I knew before starting medical […]
  • My Favorite Mac Apps 2021 – 19 Apps I Install as soon as I get a new Mac
    The internet is a great place. On it, I have discovered apps that have transformed how I use a Mac. There are apps that I will always install on a new Mac because they make using my Mac so much better. Here are 19 apps I install on every new […]
  • How I manage my time as a medical student and YouTuber – Nine Tips to Manage Time Better
    My free time per week dwindles the older I get. That’s why it’s important, vital, that I maximize my use of what little free time I have. I have started a YouTube channel and a website during medical school without sacrificing grades, fitness, or sleep with these nine strategies. Here […]
  • The 8 Most Important Study Techniques I use in Medical School
    For the past two years, I have studied more than I have in my entire life. At least one-third of every day has been studying. I study at least 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. That equates to about 5000 hours, which is over 200 full days, of […]
  • Daily Habits for Reducing Stress and Improving Performance
    Occasionally I get stressed, I think we all do, if you don’t you are some sort of superhuman. And, usually, this stress is ok. A tough test, an important argument; stress usually helps us perform better. Sometimes, however, it can become too much; the stress can build to the point […]
  • Anki Settings: A Complete Guide and Recommended Settings For Medical School
    I have slaved over perfecting my Anki settings. I spend about 3-5 hours on Anki every day. I started doing Anki religiously in November of 2019, which is about 2,300 hours on Anki. That’s crazy. I know it’s crazy though. So If I am this crazy, and spending this much […]
  • Why I’m able to Study 70+ Hours a Week and Not Burn Out (how to stay efficient)
    I don’t pull all-nighters. I don’t miss the gym for any reason, even if the most important final of my life is tomorrow. I study at the same exact seat, on my one table, every day. In this post, I’ll give you four evidence-based tips on how to get the […]
  • I Tried Running for 30 Days and My Life Will Never Be The Same
    Two months into quarantine my fitness was at an all-time low. I wasn’t going to the gym. I wasn’t doing yoga. I wasn’t exercising. On a walk with my parents, I was out of breath. My parents are both around 60 and were completely fine. Nope. That was not going […]
  • How to do a Yearly Review (Instead of New Year’s Resolutions)
    “Next year will be better… next year I will get in shape… next year I will start my business… next year I will x.” Sound familiar? It does to me. Most New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick, they are too vague and unactionable. How about, instead, we take the time to […]
  • How I take 0 Notes in Medical School
    Summarizing, highlighting, and rereading are poor studying strategies. Active recall, spaced repetition, and practice testing are evidence-based and effective studying strategies. You can check out the evidence in my posts here and here. At the beginning of medical school, I was overwhelmed by the amount of information and needed to […]
  • How to Learn Anatomy in Medical School with Anki
    What anatomy do I need to know for my school’s exams? What anatomy do I need to know for Step 1? In this post, I’ll take you through two Anki decks that have helped me understand anatomy in medical school, perform well on anatomy practicals, and prepare for Step 1. […]
  • How to Get Your First 1000 YouTube Subscribers
    If you do these things, and you do them consistently, it is nearly impossible to not get your first 1000 YouTube subscribers in a short amount of time. I recently hit 1000 subscribers! I am so thankful for everyone who comes to this website, and visits me on YouTube, for […]
  • The Best iPhone Apps for Students to Maximize Productivity
    The iPhone is amazing, almost too amazing… I often get distracted and spend too much time on the wrong applications. There are certain applications that help me study more efficiently and lead a generally more productive life. These iPhone apps can help you focus, eliminate distractions, and become more efficient […]
  • Must-Have Anki Addons for Medical School and How To Use Them
    If you are new to Anki for Medical School check out this guide first for installing and setting it up. The right addons can optimize your studying, everyone wants that right? Here are my must-have anki addons for medical school and how to use them. First of all, if you […]
  • How to Customize Your Anki Background
    Doesn’t this look nice? In this guide, I’ll tell you exactly how to make your background to any image you desire. 1. Download2. Find and Edit an Image3. Put that Image in the Special Folder4. Set that Image as Background5. Play around*Bonus Changes*B1. Change Your IconB2. Change Text Colors to […]
  • $800 vs. $8,000 YouTube Setup – Is There a Difference?
    I recently made a YouTube Video (link coming Friday) where you can check out the side-by-side comparison. Is an $8,000 YouTube Setup 10x better than an $800 YouTube Setup? I decided to run an experiment and find out. Recently, I bought the a7S III. However, is it that much better […]
  • Best Podcasts for Self Improvement and Starting Your Side Project
    How do you start something? A website? A business? A YouTube channel? There are four podcasts that I listen to weekly that teach me how to improve myself and pursue my side project. 1. Tim Ferris Podcast2. Indie Hackers3. Joe Rogan (certain guests)4. Smart Passive Income 1. Tim Ferris Podcast […]
  • How to use Anki like a Pro
    Anki is an amazing tool, but like any tool, it can be used incorrectly. If you use Anki incorrectly, you will waste time and not retain the information (two very bad outcomes). These tips are more advanced than my previous guides but help you maximize your efficiency with Anki. 1. […]
  • 19 Ways to Interview Better for Medical School – Tips from a Student Interviewer
    The interview is arguably the most important aspect of your medical school application. In one survey of medical schools, over 60% of surveyed schools reported the admissions interview as the most important criterion in the selection process. Desai and Katta Cumulative science and Math GPA was rated third, while MCAT […]
  • MCAT Study Strategies that Improved My Score 10 Points
    When I first took the MCAT I scored a 508, not awful, but not amazing. I knew that if I wanted to get accepted to the medical school of my dreams I needed a better score. I changed my study strategy drastically, these changes took my score from a 508 […]
  • How I Scored in the 97th Percentile on the MCAT
    The MCAT signifies to medical school admissions boards that you are ready for the academic rigor of medical school. The MCAT, tied with GPA, is the most important metric for your medical school application. I knew I had to do well if I wanted to get into my top choice […]
  • 7 Life Lessons I Learned from the Founder of Zappos
    The founder of Zappos, Tony Hsieh, is worth nearly a billion dollars. Zappos is also regularly listed on Fortune 100’s “best companies to work for.” How did Tony Hsieh develop such a successful company? He started a profitable button-making business in middle school. A profitable pizza joint while studying at […]
  • Top 5 Medical School Resources that Helped Me Study Better
    There are five resources that have changed the game for me in medical school. They provide explanations, memorization techniques, and structure to my studying. I use these resources daily to supplement the lecture material. The order is purposeful, all resources are good, but #1 is better than #2, and so […]
  • What Tibetan Monks, Olympic Runners, and Navy Seals Have in Common | The Importance of Self-Observation
    This was one of my weekly newsletters, but people enjoyed it so much I decided to post it here as well! A navy seal, a Tibetan monk, and an Olympic athlete walk into a bar, what do they all have in common? They all are observers of themselves. Let’s start […]
  • The Best Daily Workflow for Medical School – What Works
    I went from being a bad medical student to being a good medical student after fixing my daily workflow. My daily workflow in medical school is how I study, what I study, and in what order I study. Active recall and practice testing work. Highlighting, rereading, and underlining, don’t work. […]
  • How to use AnKing with Lectures – Medical School
    So you know you need to use the AnKing deck, but how do you use it alongside lectures? How do you know which cards to unsuspend? Do you have to manually search for every card? No. Here is how to use AnKing with lectures in medical school. Step 1: Identify […]
  • 4 Books for Success Beyond Your Day Job
    My “day job” is medical school. I enjoy it. But I was hungry for something outside of it. I wanted to build something. Create something. And yes, I’ll say it, I wanted to make money. Here are 4 books for success beyond your day job. In the past 5 years, […]
  • 6 Ways to Improve Your Blog
    Starting a blog is easy. Creating a good blog is hard. I think my blog, at the moment, is bad. I have been looking into various articles, and books, on how to make a better blog (website). Here is what I have learned in the past 2 months on making […]
  • How I Study for Exams in Medical School – 9 Day Plan
    Exams in Medical School are a new ballgame. You are drinking out of the firehouse. Information is given at a rate faster than anyone can expect to understand and internalize it. The key is to focus on the necessary information and use your time efficiently. I needed a way to […]
  • iPad Pro Magic Keyboard Impressions – is it Useful?
    A $300 “magic” keyboard? Is it worth it? In short – yes. The iPad Pro is amazing. I use it for practice testing, active recall, and my daily Anki cards. I also use it to take notes, watch Netflix, and (as a test) I am actually writing this post from […]
  • Why Spaced Repetition is Necessary for Medical School and How to Use it
    If you are here for the Anki Guide skip to Here. What content do you remember from your last exam? How about the author of the last book you read? What did you eat for lunch on Thursday two weeks ago? Can’t remember? Me neither. Our brain is constantly barraged […]
  • How to Study More in Less Time – 3 Mistakes Most Students Make
    Evidence shows summarizing, highlighting, and rereading are poor techniques when it comes to retaining information. Active Recall and Practice Testing have been shown to be significantly better in regards to improving content retention. I remember sitting down and looking at my anatomy textbook for my first exam in October. The […]
  • My Medical School Essentials | 11 Things You Will Actually Need in Your First Year
    There were 11 things that I actually used on a regular basis in my first year of medical school that I would say are essential. I always have every one of these items in my backpack at all times (other than business clothes). Here are a list and links to […]
  • How I Take Notes in Medical School with the iPad Pro and Notability (Legacy Post)
    Update: For the first two months of medical school, I took copious notes. In college, I took copious notes. I don’t take notes in Medical school anymore, and I outline why here. I wrote the post below over a year ago when I figured out the best way to take […]