How To: Survive as a Physio Student

My position as a Campus Rep at Work The World was just finalized today, so in preparation for submitting a couple posts for their blog, I wanted to get your input and suggestions. Up first? Tips for surviving life as a physio student.

Eat breakfast.

Invest in a water bottle. Fill it. Use it.

Go to class.

Ask questions.

Use your lecturers.

Find the place you where you work your hardest/study the best. Use it.

Plan ahead. Schedule your study time AND your breaks.

Disable Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. during your scheduled study time. Don’t disable YouTube. It’s actually a good source for looking up movements and treatments.

Spread Out. Cluttered workspaces are just no fun.

One tea = Good. Six teas = The shakes and multiple bathroom breaks. Find a happy medium. Use good nutrition to keep you awake, not just caffeine.

Listen to your body. If it needs sleep, just roll with it. It will help you be more awake, alert, and ready to take on the next day.

Never underestimate the value of a weekend off.

No cramming. No memorizing. LEARN and APPLY.

Classmates make great volunteer patients.

Write down what you like about health care professionals. Write down what you don’t like. Remember it when it comes to your own patients.

Soak up knowledge from your educators on placement like it’s the water of life.

Practice what you preach. EXERCISE. Somehow, someway, do it.

Studying in the UK? Bring an umbrella and an extra pair of socks. Being wet is very distracting… and cold.

Know your Red Flags like the back of your hand. Know what they mean, too.

Don’t feel obligated to address and fix every passing stranger’s complaint or ailment.

Don’t use physio talk outside of physio. Maintain the normal public vernacular.

Don’t go around fixing everyone you know’s posture or telling them what’s wrong with them. It’s funny the first time. After that, you’re just being annoying.

Never assume you know enough. Keep learning. It’s called Continuing Professional Development for a reason.

Learn your left from your right. Learn to apply it to someone who is facing you.

Don’t skip steps because you’re short on time. It’s better to know a lot about a little, than a little about a lot. Follow-ups are follow-ups for a reason.

Learn to take criticism. Sometimes it’s the best way to learn.

Patients are people, not an assignment. Talk with them.

Learn and adopt “The Bob” early on, a.k.a. Moving and Handling.

Learn the art of the literature search. Any lecturer who does research and most librarians know the ins and outs and can teach you in an afternoon.

Patients can smell fear. Don’t walk into an assessment thinking you’re going to kill them.

Make sure you have a stash of black pens. And remember, white out is NOT allowed.

Don’t go mad with buying textbooks. Wait till you get into the course and figure out what’s actually worth your money. Also, the library has pretty much everything.

Get used to writing your signature like a celebrity. You’ll be writing it every day, every page, for the next fifty years of your life.

Student accommodation was built in the 60’s and it’s still in the 60’s. Don’t expect luxury accommodation.

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