Every spring, many medical school aspirants
lose an abundance of precious time due to writer's block. While we have assisted thousands of
since 1996, and plan to continue to assist many more applicants, we felt this article and video
could potentially help us assist many more medical school hopefuls.
So, without further ado, here are our top 5 tips for
overcoming writer's block:
1. Give yourself an artificial deadline.
Obviously, it should fall well ahead of the actual deadline. Chances are you can make some serious progress when you have only
a few hours before your artificial deadline.
2. Speak up.
If you are not comfortable asking a trusted friend or family member, use a mirror. It's not important if you say "uh" or "um
or even if you giggle a bit. This is a very powerful technique
that is as effective as it is simple!
3. Block out all potential distractions.
If your roommate will be home soon, go to the library. If snacks are your
vice, stay far away from
the kitchen or any coffee shops. Finally, if you can get lost in time online,
then disconnect and go 'old school' with paper and pencil!
4. Start anywhere.
It doesn't matter where you start. You just need to get started
so you can shatter the inertia and start writing. You can start with the
conclusion or a thesis statement. Don't be overly concerned with what you're
typing (or writing if you decide to go 'old school' with paper and pencil) as
this is just a first draft and there will be time for multiple revisions later.
5. Do NOT worry about grammar.
Your medical school personal statement is going to be a multi revision effort whether you like it or not. So you might as
well plan it out accordingly and not get bogged down on grammatical concerns in the drafting phase. There will be plenty of time to worry
about grammar and wordsmithing later.
Having Trouble Getting Started on Your Applications? Our consultants can help you
understand what admissions committees are looking for and guide you through the process of identifying
and developing your best application strategies and essay topics. Call us at 1.800.809.0800
(+1 703.242.5885 outside the US and Canada) to learn more.