7 things i learned since i became an SPT (Student of physical therapy)

1. Thou shall not cram

Since i was in first year college, the phrase “Advance studying” was alien to me. How do we pass 1st year and 2nd year then? of course, stock knowledge! But alas! came Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy, I haven’t learned my lesson. Me and my buddy Karen use our free time in the study center above derby’s for our cramming session. It barely helped us pass. Now 2nd sem is here, and I gave advance studying a try. Not so bad, definitely I can remember things easier and it gives me plus confidence in answering the exams 🙂 Unless, if the subject is POE,  if you were in room 201 you’d get ZERO no matter how hard you studied. DUE PROCESS!!!! 😛 (only my classmates can know what this means *wink*)

2.Thou shall stock coffee in the den

For late night studying. A couple of hours wouldn’t be enough if you have to study at least 70 pages of things that are boring and hard to understand. Not dozing off is crucial in the process of late night studying. Or else, take the consequence of being utterly clueless in tomorrow’s practical or written exam.

3.Thou shall study with a partner

When i say partner, i don’t mean your lover.  You cannot just study ROM, Strengthening , Stretching, or PJM exercise by yourself, unless you want to end up doing something like a yoga gone wrong, or looking like a  bird trying to fly, or looking just plain crazy. Or worse, getting injured. so study with a partner so you wont look silly moving your limbs by yourself pretending you are your own patient. This way of studying has helped me so far, Thanks to my study buddies, Lyza, Yenyen, Fran, and Caroline.

4.Thou shall bring extra ink

With the way our classes are being scheduled, 30 minute lunch breaks per day, take it or leave it, we are bound to copy notes worth a hundred pages , so the next time you have whole day lectures, don’t ask yourself why your newly bought g-tech ballpen is already half empty. Solution: buy extra ink, or use a really cheap ballpen.

5. Thou shall use backpacks

Leave the shoulder bags and sling bags for your trips to the beach. Going to school with those will give you Levoscoliosis or Dextroscoliosis (Left sided scoliosis and Right sided scoliosis, respectively).  With multiple books as heavy as a coffin, using backpacks would be a wiser choice, it holds a lot more space and is functional when it comes to storing your heavy  books. Here’s a lame little script to show you what backpacks do:

Teacher: okay, bring you Physical rehab book by Sullivan tomorrow.

Student: ka bug.at!

Backpack: Physical rehab book, here i come! charge!!!

So see, when you have a backpack on your back, you’re a fighter :p

6. thou shall erase the writings on the board on the examination room

Observation is key. always inspect your surroundings for signs of possible sources of answers. Unless you want to get traumatized by a ZERO in your test, make sure the room is cheat-free. Always look at the blackboard! or else you’ll get blamed for not doing so.

People in room 201: i dedicate this tip to you. we’ve learned our lesson right?

7. Thou shall savor the weekends

Coz before you know it, your days of relaxation and fun are over. weekends are short if you are an SPT. Sometimes you have to study ahead, or make your assignments. So when you get long weekends or vacations, trust me, savor every moment! You will be more inspired to start and battle the school day ahead of you.


so far, I’ve done 7. more to come! 🙂