I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts recently, but the “MedStudentEdge” is one that has been on HEAVY rotation in my car. I believe this podcast can help you have better, more efficient study sessions whether you’re pre med, med student, nursing, PA- really its beneficial for any professional field! This little list, inspired by the podcast, is probably one the most IMPORTANT thing you need to do FIRST if you are struggling in any of your classes. (Or if you want to IMPROVE). I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me. It’s important to troubleshoot your area of weakness that way you can fix it! Here ya go! Make sure you take the time to answer these questions and be HONEST with yourself about what areas need the most improvement:
☐ Have you tried at least two completely different study strategies?
☐ Are you using a study strategy recommended by a successfully matched medical student (not a peer)?
☐ Do you minimize distractions by using a social media-blocking app?
☐ Do you have a study group completely separate from your social circle?
☐ Do you pre-read before lecture?
☐ Do you practice ACTIVE versus passive reading?
☐ Do you use a boards prep book (such as First Aid) to separate high-yield from low-yield?
☐ Do you separate things you need to understand from things you need to memorize?
☐ Do you have a resource for practice questions, and use it after every lecture?
☐ Do you have a self-quizzing system (such as a flash card program) that will ask you questions that you don’t know and weed out question that you know?
☐ Do you have a mnemonic system that you use consistently?
☐ Do you focus on the clinically relevant?
☐ Do you practice by teaching concepts to other medical students?
☐ Do you sleep enough, eat well, and exercise?
☐ Do you take health breaks after every hour of studying?