3 More Reasons Homeschooling Will Help You in Medical School
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What are some great ways you can prepare for medical school? Surprisingly enough, you may find homeschooling is a great way to prepare for medical school. Indeed, it seems many homeschoolers study medicine after homeschooling. Medicine is a tough and often draining career, but there’s many ways you can prepare for your future vocation. Thankfully for homeschoolers, many of the preparation techniques taught in medical schools align with techniques taught in many home schools. In this article, we will be looking at three more reasons homeschooling can help you get into and continue studying medicine.
1. Portfolio opportunities abound in homeschools as homeschoolers have so much spare time. This is useful as many medical schools want applicants with a degree of experience.
Medical schools such as the University of Wollongong (and to some extent Notre Dame University Medical School) require students to obtain a stellar portfolio showing their participation and experience in:
Homeschooling lets students have time to complete these portfolio requirements. Many homeschoolers don’t need to even try to complete these portfolio items as many find they’ve completed it through their upbringing in the homeschool environment anyway. This was certainly the case in my life. I found many of the requirements listed on the portfolio found completion years earlier in my life as a result of my homeschooling activities.
2. Homeschooling teaches students how to interact with and respect people of different ages. This is especially the case for elderly people which is fantastic as the majority of one’s patients will be elderly.
Respecting and understanding elderly patients are great traits for doctor to have. Not only is a good bedside manner essential for patients to relax in, but a relaxed patient means doctors get a better medical history and therefore can diagnose their patients with more accuracy.
Homeschoolers are renowned for their ability to interact with people of all ages well. Because homeschoolers are not only schooled in how to interact with peers their own age, they become equally adept at talking to people of all ages. This is often evidenced when homeschoolers prefer attending a movie with their parents.
School students do not always learn how to do this to the same extent. Many would not want to be seen at a movie with their parents – often for fear of what their peers might say. In this way, homeschooling can be an advantage if you want to be adept at interacting with people of all ages – especially the elderly.
3. Get a head start on your medical education by starting early. You can fast-track your tertiary education by studying relevant subjects at home or by starting a pre-med or medical school degree earlier because you finished your high school units earlier than normal.
The Harding family got most of their homeschooled children into college (tertiary education) before they were age 13. One of the Harding children went to medical school, while another studied architecture. This is a common story among homeschoolers in Australia and beyond. My younger brother skipped his HSC years and studied units which were directly transferable to his degree in Law which he studied the year after. I also started studying my nursing earlier than anyone in my class because I finished my HSC units faster through OTEN (TAFE in NSW in 2005).
In my book, Why on Earth Homeschool: The Case for Australian Christian Homeschooling, I interviewed several homeschoolers who fast-tracked their secondary education and entered university at a much younger age than school students. Usually, this fast-tracking is 1-3 years earlier than what is experienced in school (compared to students sit the HSC during their Year 11-12 years).
Furthermore, some school students are so burned out at the end of their Year 12 studies, many of them choose to take a year off to recover. Some find the HSC scarring, as the tests are incredibly rigorous (even though they are not always indicative of what a student is capable of as students are often not doing things that interest them that much).
Homeschooling is a fantastic way to prepare for medical school. It instils a love of learning in its pupils and aligns closely with the teaching theories preferred by many medical schools. If you choose homeschooling, 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.