Study tips

Hey there, 

I hope you're doing great!
Since it's never too early- or too late- to develop good study habits, I decided to share some of my study tips with you guys. Get yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy the article:))


SET YOUR GOAL

,,Student, you do not study to pass the test. You study to prepare for the day when you are the only thing between a patient and the grave."
Determine your goal in the very beginning. Ask yourself a question what is really important for you? Being a good student, a good doctor, passing the exam with a good grade?

STUDY REGULARLY

Studying regularly makes the whole learning process much more easier and faster. It's better to do a little each day or three times a week than cramming it all into one long session. If you want to study and put those knowledge into your long-term memory, you need more time. Side note, let's say that you want to memorise a 300- pages textbook for your exam this semester. It's only 25 pages/ week if you study regularly and that does not sound that bad, right? :))

MEMORISE THE BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS 

You should never be unsure about some basic terms and definitions that you always need to know. Memorising the basic terms is also a good way how to avoid these awkward exam situations, when you can't explain some things which every future doctor needs to know. There are also some similar sounding words which may lead to misunderstanding when you think about some non-medical students, but there is no way to make a mistake when you study medicine and when you speak about homeostasis and hemostasis, right?

MAKE CONNECTIONS

Do not forget that your goal when you study is to make connections between the new things you encounter in texts and to make connections between these new ideas and things you already know. I can highly recommend you to make your own ,,concept maps"- I like to to some connections between pictures, nodes, small amount of text on a large sheet of paper. 

STUDY BREAKS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

You should always take a break. Generally, studying in these one-hour block is the most effective (let's say you start in the morning- 60'+ 5', 55'+ 7'-8', 50' + 10'- 15' and continue in the afternoon with 55' + 7'-8', 50' + 10', 45'+ 10'). 
Alright so now you set a time limit for your break. Change your scenery now, go outside, stretch, move around. Just look at something different (no more computer screen or textbook, please!)

,,IF I ONLY HAD ONE MORE DAY TO STUDY..." 

Think about the Murphy's law. If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong. That's why you should always consider giving yourself some extra time (about 8-10-15%) when you think about your study plan for your exam. Trust me, you'll be so thankful for this decision at the end!


Is there something you would like to add to this tip? Make sure you'll let me know :)

Have a great day!

Bea

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