3 Reasons Homeschooling Will Help You in Medical School
What’s the best way to prepare for medical school? Surprisingly enough, you might discover homeschooling is one of the best ways to prepare for your future career in medicine. Indeed, it seems many homeschoolers pick medicine for their career. Medicine is a difficult and tiring career, but there’s many ways you can prepare for your future calling - and many of these preparation techniques align with techniques taught in the homeschooling environment.
1. Many medical schools operate in a teach yourself fashion. This is very similar to how many homeschools operate.
The University of Wollongong and Notre Dame University are two examples of medical schools that operate by teaching their students according to Case Based Learning (CBL). This teaching is done by exposing medical students to real or fictitious patients with symptoms of an unknown disease or condition. Students must then spend the next week(s) trying to figure out what the condition or disease is that best fits the symptoms with the help of their lecturer or tutor.
In the homeschooling environment, homeschoolers are often presented with a problem, object or situation they wish to know more about. Parents and children collaborate as to how to best tackle the unknown question and come together to discuss answers when children are young. As children mature, parents tend to collaborate with their children less. This collaboration is often replaced with collaboration with tutors that parents hire or collaboration with university tutors if children attend university more quickly than normal (which is common).
Medical students typically do around 25 hours face-to-face with their lecturers and tutors, and another 20-30 hours in self-directed learning. Homeschoolers also do a proportion of study in face-to-face learning, and (often) more learning on their own. Homeschooling is a great education that leads into interest-based-learning for future medical students.
2. Homeschooling encourages kids to follow learning paths that interest them. Following interesting learning paths (as opposed to boring paths) engenders a love of ongoing learning. This love of learning is something medical schools and young doctors need as medicine is a career where you commit to learning for life.
Homeschooling encourages interest-based-learning where students choose a subject which interests them and then study that subject thoroughly. Often the subject studied is something they’ve found interesting through the course of their everyday life at home with their parents.
For example, if a homeschooler attends a town fair and sees the fire fighters doing a demonstration, students (after showing interest in the demonstration) might be assigned work on what constitutes a fire and its combustable elements. They might also study a little chemistry as a part of this assignment. This gives more meaning to why they are studying chemistry, as students can see how to apply this knowledge.
In medical school, students are presented with a disease or problem. Having been trained how to research during their homeschooling years, homeschoolers can easily think sideways and come up with a solution to the problem in front of them.
3. Homeschooling is self-paced so students can learn to operate quickly and learn in a way that suits them more.
A common reason parents homeschool is to fast-track their children’s education. Education can be accelerated for students who like to learn at a quicker pace than that offered by the school teacher. Instead of students waiting for their classmates, learning can be augmented by avoiding monotonous filler work designed by teachers to keep faster students occupied while slower students catch up. This precious time is better spent by the majority of students in class if they were to work in a self-paced style. Homeschooling provides the ability to spend more time on work students find more difficult, and less time on work they find easier. This maximizes the amount students can learn, and therefore causes less frustration at the end of the day for children and parents.
In short, homeschooling is a great way to prepare for medical school. It engenders a love of learning in its pupils and aligns closely with the teaching theory favoured by many medical schools. If you choose homeschooling as an education, you won’t be disappointed with its educational outcomes!
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Author: Rebbecca Devitt studied a year of Medical School in Wollongong University’s School of Medicine. Rebbecca also homeschooled in a Christian family for all but the first three years of her primary and secondary education. The above observations are her experience of Medical School after homeschooling. READ MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR.