How To Study Better in Medical School – Top 5 Study Techniques 2019
You struggling to study the medical school or maybe you just want to study better. In this video I’m going to give you my five tips on how to study better with proven strategies and techniques that you can use to study better get better grades, but spend less time doing it for and get to all those tips after this chat.
Alright guys what is going on last year for them to journey helping you succeed on your medical journey with a little bit less stressed this video I’m going to teach you all the hottest study better and in particular, if you are a student, whether you’re a pre med, a first year med student, and you feel like either you are not doing well or you are doing just fine, but you’re spending an excessive amount of time doing it. This is the video for you.
I totally get. I used to be in your shoes. I was spending eight to 10 hours of med school studying and not getting the results I wanted. And then I found these techniques I discovered them now give them to not only you guys but also my coaching students and the results have been
Amazing for all of us. So I want to just make a video about these are my five top tips on study methods for medical school. Tip number one. And this is by far my favorite technique. And you’ve probably seen in my other videos, which is called my brain dump.
So it is not the best use of a name. But the brain dump is amazing to identify gaps, your knowledge, the worst thing that we can do as many students as pre meds is study excessively and then when the test comes around, we realize oh crap, I actually don’t know this information you want to minimize as many of those occurrences as possible in the brain dump is amazing for it. So this is how it works.
Usually when we go through like Jeremy read the syllabus we review after a couple of iterations of that learning phase we start to understand the structure of the lecture we know kind of how it started, how it what the middle topics were and how we may not understand all the topics but we know that the flow was so the brain dump is a great technique because all you do is you grab a blank piece of paper you may grab you know just a blank piece of paper and nothing Britain it and use the
That memorization of the flow you know, you may have started with stats you may have then went on to the diagnosis of the patient the treatment and then you know future direction of how that disease will be treated you kind of remember those directions so now as you know the flow act like you have to teach that lecture to somebody for years younger so if you’re in med school teach it to somebody in college if you’re in college you just somebody high school to forced to simplify it and I just regurgitate info does right out as quickly as possible everything you can remember through the flow of the lecture. And you’ll realize that Moses things you may do pretty well on depending on how well you’re viewed, but there’s going to be things that you’re going to struggle from going from point A to point C, you’re going to know Okay, I know it starts here and in here, but I have no idea what that connecting thought is.
And this is amazing use of the brain dump because it helps you identify your gap in your knowledge. That’s the thing that’s going to get you on a task to you in cash right now using this technique. So as you’re writing, you know, you’ll realize okay, I don’t know how to go from here to here. I know there’s a piece of detail here about totally missing.
It to start it underlined and highlighted whatever you want to do and finish the rest of the lecture. When you’re done with the page, you’re going to have loads of marks on your first time around, go back to your lecture, go back to your review material and fill in those blanks. You know, I’m trying to understand the material better, and then do it again.
Now, the one thing that I want to tell you about the brain dump is you want to be as quick as possible so it’s not perfect and writing you don’t need to make it look like an outline you can scribble, you can read abbreviations, you can, you know, just write as quickly as you want misspelling is totally fine.
You’re just trying to identify your gaps you want it you want to tell yourself, okay, I really don’t understand this, I need to go back and review it.
So I try to spend anywhere 510 minutes on a brand up and spend more time reviewing and then come back and do the practice again. So the brain dumps amazing technique, guys, I totally encourage you guys to check it out. So tip number two is what I like to call my review container. So again, going on to the worst case scenario when we hit the test actually a couple days before the test.
There’s usually some topics that start to Give us some difficulty and we tell ourselves either we don’t have time or this is probably not going to show up in the test and if it doesn’t show up on the test I’m scared you know if that’s usually the conversation we have in our heads so the review containers amazing to solve all those problems. Basically what it does is as you’re going through the lecture for the first time or during the review cycle, make a list on a Word doc or Google Doc the topics that can be travel or you can take it to a more physical level you can just take scratch piece of paper you know you can have a long piece of paper to shred it in write the name of the topic or the question basically after you have your list of topics from electric just put in a plastic bag printer you container or if you’re using a digital copy you can keep it in your Word doc every night just grab two or three randomly forum your you know your bag or you container and try to do the brain dump on them.
Try to answer and dry out a diagram whatever may be basically what you are working on your weaknesses from the very start so versus waiting since you know day to day.
Two or day t minus one from the exam you’re working on your weaknesses day in and day out. But there’s something for the container that you starting to get you’re trying to master because you’ve seen it multiple times.
Now you can take it out but there’s something that you take out and you struggle still put it back in and you know, give it another day or another repetition and see how do you improved over time what you’ll find is that I really container will get smaller and smaller because you’re working on those weaknesses more and more and buy a test comes around there’s less and less that is going to give you difficulty so I’ll other container especially for somebody that’s has that test anxiety like, oh, shoot, I actually don’t understand this over time, you’re going to work on those weaknesses, which is super important for you to study. So tip number three, and this is for all of you guys.
I love studying and as what I like to call strategic group study. So instead of doing the typical format of group setting, which is you just show up in a room he said today we’re going to go over lecture two and we’re just going to read and maybe ask some questions here in their strategic group setting is where you do the learning first. You come up with the questions.
So, for example, you go through your lecture, you think maybe five questions that you think the professor to ask about a topic. It may be something very difficult, maybe specific or maybe more broad and like, such as draw a diagram of this had an Excel sheet or some type of collective place where all of your group members can enter questions.
Excel sheet is amazing because it all the members can just type in their questions for each of the lectures, then meet a couple of times a week, maybe two times a week, maybe three times a week and just do those questions.
You know, your classmates are going to ask you their questions, you’re going to ask them yours and see who gets dumped by what help each other, again, identify their gaps, but this is a great way to assess what everyone thinks is going to be important on the test and start to learn from it.
But first, you’re doing the learning first you’re not doing that thing where you’re using group studying as you’re learning because sometimes each group works differently and you may not have gathered some info that you would have by yourself so gathered and fill yourself come over the questions and have your group members quiz with your classic question. Back to you.