How To Study Effectively | Study Tips

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hello guys guys so we apologize for not making a video in such a long time we’ve been really busy really busy yeah like really we just finished our first year of medical school so we had finals 24 and then after that we went on a family trip with my family then we get research to attend like throughout the week so this is like our first free weekend and so yeah oh yeah so I’m doing research and my research is every day of the week from 9 of 5 so a week at film on the weekdays at also the only times we could fit we can actually film like these sit down videos are on the weekend so this is our first free weekend yeah okay so this video is going to be um what you guys you guys have been requesting for the longest time ever so it’s going to be a how to study video like tips on how to study it’s gonna be like general how to study video it’s not going to be like specific directed towards like the high school students or like unrequited students or medical students it’s just a channel how to study video yeah for everybody yeah so we’re gonna like provide you with tips on how to study and then we’ll tell you how we study what we found work and what didn’t work stuff like that so the first tip we have is efficient studies be efficient and that’s like the number key yeah I’d like the number one most important thing when you’re studying so the efficient studying is actually steady so when you’re studying it’s not you know going on Facebook going on Instagram like checking out um because you love that you study for five hours if you weren’t really efficient you could actually said you for like two hours out of the five hours one tip that I have for you guys is to time yourself so you have a smartphone or something there’s like a timer app on your phone it’s like when you’re studying start the timer and then if you stop to like go on Facebook like just pause it in or leave you take a bathroom break or you take you know like a snack break just pause the timer and like at the end of day you’ll see how much time you’ve actually spent studying and you’d be surprised trust ya you can calculate your efficiency and it’s crazy how low the number can get yeah yeah but you want to aim for like maybe 80 to 90% efficiency because you kind of need the extra like 10 to 20 percent just to wrap you up yeah just relax boy know me when I first started timing myself to see my deficiency it was that like forty or fifty percent so badly I got a victim in itself like so like when I study I would I didn’t like take a lot of breaks and go on Facebook or Instagram or like that well I ruin your studying yeah so like if you’re studying it’s best to avoid Facebook Instagram social media yeah it’s like really bad so yeah that is our first chip just when you’re studying just study you don’t do other things don’t think about other things and that will really help a lot and it’ll save a lot of time so our next tip is active learning so the difference between active and passive learning passive learning is like sitting in a lecture having a professor read off Power. Point slides tickets probably they have power boardslide and or just reading a textbook you’re not really thinking about the material just reading it straight through that’s active that’s passive learning sorry and passive learning is unavoidable I mean you have to do it in the beginning but stuff like the majority of your time energy should be devoted to active learning and that’s what’s really gonna help you get the material down it’s gonna help you master it memorize it and just like know it so we recommend active learning / passive learning and examples of active learning is like using a whiteboard a lot of students at our school use white boards like there’s rooms where like walk which are all are on all four walls yeah I mean if you don’t have access to like work you can just buy one it like Walmart yeah I’m about see anything like just hang it on your wall and you like write all flat or if you don’t if you don’t have a whiteboard like another idea with the to like get like this huge piece of paper and we can like take notes on that piece of paper and then you’ll have that to study off of them later on yeah so you can do as like after you learn something you could hire like rewrite rewrite like in your own words what you just learned and try to like recall everything that’s really go stimulate your brain make sure that you have the material down or you can kind of put things into diagram so I feel like diagrams are so much easier to remember than like a paragraph of words so if something is able to be like transferred to a diagram version I would always try that out um so I’m going to show you guys like how I take my notes a little bit I’ll give you guys an idea of like how active learning how I like to learn actively and so basically my notes I use plain paper notebooks because you wash though oh wait was washed out will like do a separate like clip clip but I use playing page notes so that I could draw diagrams and whatnot and let me try to find a good page where I have like a lot of diagrams for you well I gotta learn em well I don’t you guys can see but I just drew a lot of things out and it really helps you kind of remember things because when you close your eyes during the exam and you can picture the picture but when you close your eye here you don’t really pick your paragraphs um so I don’t know I feel like diagrams active learning this stuff is really key to kind of help you are going see a via active learning takes a lot of work takes more work than passive learning so sometimes like you want you to feel lazy sometimes like you don’t want it like do active learning because it takes a lot of time and energy but in the grand scheme of things looking back if you just do passive learning you’re going to spend more time and get out of it so you might as well just like put it up extra like brain power and try to like learn actively and get the material down and actually last time so it’s really important I think like another example of active learning would be like if you were to teach someone what you just like read so like um so Jay and I we studied together a lot so we would either question II tell you each other or we would like just be like teacher instant we would teach like I would study um I would study something and then I would like tell Jane when I just learned and that allows you to retain a lot of information that you just study um also like quizzing each other would be another form of active learning and that also helps a lot because if like say Jane questions me and like I don’t know what it is like because I didn’t know what it was and Jane told me like I will remember that like for like from from that point on our next tip is scheduling so make a schedule for the week or for the day even better like from like from the point where you start studying yeah Graham your exam day I recommend like a week or two in advance don’t don’t do this like the day before but yeah make a schedule it doesn’t have to be super elaborate it could be just like a list of things that you have to get done for that day kind of like goals for the day almost and or you can make like a really a lot or a schedule I know certain people do that our school and you want to be really realistic with your schedule like don’t crayon five different things in one hour because that’s not going to happen you know that’s gonna bring you down if you can’t like do that so you haven’t pleasantly realistic and it feels really good to be able to like cross those off your like schedule when you finish it so I think it’s like a like that one reward pathway it’s like a reward pathway really the the dopey reward pathway the nucleus accumbens yeah yeah so um yeah I like it makes you feel good and I think it helps you organize yourself to like it helps you think about everything that you need to do ah ah just stay focused yeah allows you to stay focused and on track and study the right things I recommend when you’re scheduling it it out scheduling everything out you want to do like the high yield or the most important stuff first and then I kind of go like down the list and do the least important stuff laughs um or if you have like something you’re struggling with tackle that first yeah like if it’s more if it’s harder than the other topics like do that for scale all the way you know that you can focus on the topics that you aren’t familiar with your next study tip so the next study tip is to like pinpoint your shunts and weaknesses so like you know what you know and you know what you don’t know right so make a list of the things that you already know and like you don’t have to focus on that as much and then make a little is why is that blinking and then make a list of the topics that you are weak with like your weaknesses so they’re gonna be a mentalist kind of yeah and then like the the topics under the weakness um list like that’s what you’re gonna study the most you know that’s what you’re going to tackle and and like spend the most time on um I feel like this allows you to study more efficiently as well so um yeah and then at the end you can quickly go over the stuff that you think you kind of know or that’s easy for you and I support you to do this because there are some times like you think you know something but you didn’t know that well you know it’s like it’s like a triaging single super strategy study and its really helpful I mean that you’ll definitely have to know what you’re struggling more than what you’re not struggling with I’m gonna dig in like yeah like do that a half third you’ve won through your notes once you know like that you’ll know what you already know what you don’t yeah like you could tell like from the beginning like oh this stuff is really detailed I am gonna struggle with this or you could tell us my beginning like oh like make sense to me like it just clicks with me then you know that like you probably don’t have to look at that like as much as the hard stuff Joe yes so for note taking no tea cake is really different for everyone because everyone knows really differently I’m very visual I like straw pictures and diagrams like I mentioned and I also like to make a like color coordinated everything and I mentioned I really love Muji pens and of the colored pens I loved color highlighters I love color coordinating everything like pretty things bright reds are so colorful yeah my notes are really powerful um so if you go just tips in it might not work for you it might actually take more time like might be a waste of time if you’re not this type of person but if you are someone who thinks like color coordination and diagrams is going to be really helpful for you then I will show you a little bit of like a little bit more of I’m another first I’m going to show you guys it’s my stash of taking tool and if in this little bow um so I have a bunch of Muji peddler just these colored pens and they’re in the 0.38 uh what is the diameter oh that’s it the tip of the pen is in point three eight so it’s a very small yeah it’s a very fine tip and I prefer that some people like the thicker instruments but oh this is open and um that’s why I get gel highlight highlighters yeah and then I actually actually just bought a new pack of July lips because of me because I got the first he thought they were cool but he ordered it so very cool so I have a bunch of gel highlighters and I use these in college too and I would I really like about these is that they’re a lot cleaner like they don’t spill they don’t leak and I always have a habit of captain be like pens and cap in my little hippo did even nothing so yeah so I really like these and also these lasted forever because they don’t dry out then almost fluorescent like liquid highlighters or anything like that but I mean there’s just the highlighters they were fine so yeah so it’s good to have like variety of colors and to know what you like but it comes to tools school supplies and I go different Oh show them like your key okay so we’re starting for our step water right now and I decided to make a key so that like everything is constant and I’m not like trying to figure out what color is what so so I made a key of like what each highlighter color or pen color indicates so I’ll give you a few guys can’t see this I’ll just kind of read it out like if it’s yellow then it’s like cram a whole memorised memorization so it’s like it’s like a fact basically that I can memorize like the night before the task but I probably won’t do that but like I could memorize his right before the test it’s something that I’ll remember for the test but I’ll probably forget like a ride after the test so it’s like what is like the normal range of creatine you know in the serum in serum so that and the green stuff I need to look up like I read something but I feel like I need to lift that up I need more detail and then I’ll probably write in like with a green pen what I just looked up and then pink is like what is the main point of this paragraph what do I need to really get out of it if I can’t get anything from it then I need to get this pink down so yeah I don’t know you can make your own like key or whatever but it’s good to be consistent so that your brain kind of recognizes the color and kind of immediately like relate it to you know what it is so yeah so that’s how I take notes in my textbook and then for like note taking um I had it either draw things out diagrams torch or like you need to look at this this is my like oh this respitory so I have both words I have like kind of like a consolidate notes you always want to consolidate if you’re a note taking note taker and then I draw like little diagrams to and then I use orange for like equations or really important diagrams I’m sure so crazy when it comes to note taker I’m really into note Nikki that’s amazing and it actually really helps because it cuts down studying time in the very end when it comes out to like crunch time I only have like a few pages notes versus like 30 pages of luxury I just end up using your notes yeah but like it’s hard to understand someone else’s notes yeah that’s the hard part so yeah it’s alright note taking tips or my note taking tip that I’m really into that so we have a really good antidote like a live experience live experience firsthand my first experience that we ran GED so the first half of medical school I thought that I can get away with right first class first test so first test yet first test of medical school I thought I can get away with just passively studying so that’s like what I did most online in official segments what I did most of my like educational career before med school and so I thought medical school is the same thing alright I can passively study and still pass my classes it was a bad idea um so I highly recommend you guys not like passively study and practice actively studying earlier on that way it will become a habit when you’re in that school and it would just speed like just be second nature you know you’ll describe your study day like before the first okay so before the first exam this is how I study I woke up in the morning like really late ya know cuz woke you up really early well that’s because we attend to class lecture well I used to attend lecture earlier on taste it passively aware yeah and then like after that I would just go on and or not study until like what days before the exam where I would just read through all my notes it did not work oh yeah so highly recommend active studying over passes studying um what else didn’t work for me you’re kind of capacitated procrastination is not work so don’t do that um I used to like to highlight a lot without a key and that didn’t work either so like if you’re going to highlight or take notes make sure it’s consistent and like have a key so you know what I like what the purpose yeah I like everything and you’re like then you’re just rereading everything it’s like yeah so I hope this video helps um if you guys have any more questions leave them in the comment because we answer like every question you guys ask us how did you try there we tried to UM yeah you have any more ideas for videos that you want to see we will in the comment as well because we have a list of like all because the idea um video ideas that we’re gonna do feature um and we’re also gonna do more study videos to Russell’s already channels for Jo and then we’ll try to pinpoint like the videos you are like what targets for cancer pre med students yeah yeah so uh thanks for watching thank you for all your support alone but yeah thanks for watching please subscribe and we’ll see you guys next time bye..

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  • Hey Jane! It would be great if you do a ”notebook tour” or ”notebook tutorial” because we couldn’t see much and I’m always struggling with notetaking! I love your videos! 🙂

  • This is so helpful and straightforward! When I discovered you guys I couldn’t stop watching your videos. I’m a senior in high school and really want to go into the health field. Thank you for inspiring your viewers! <3

  • Wow Jane I really like the color key thing, could you give the whole key after “flat memorization”, “search online”, etc? : ) I’ve always had trouble studying for exams where you have to spurt out information, rather than multiple choice where you don’t have to vocalize the information and jot it down. Especially in classes where the professor snipes a small part of each chapter, how would you approach this? Thanks!

  • I love 0.7 pens! I never used to pay attention to that, but I used one once and I wont buy anything else now. And people always try to steal my pens! This one old guy tried to take my pen, and I didn’t have an extra one on hand. He tried to convince me he had two pens, and the one he was holding (mine) was his. Then he tried to give me his sucky pen. I knew the other one was mine, I even knew where the level of ink was. So I was like… “No sir….. Give me my pen.” and he saw my serious face, and was like “okay hun, ill let you borrow this one. I have another one anyway.” I know it sounds petty, but I love those pens especially to study with, and I knew if I didn’t get that pen back, my study vibes were going to be thrown completely off. If i had had an extra one on had, I would have just let him take it… but i didn’t… sooooooo. Also where do you get your plain page notebooks? I usually take notes an blank printer paper and then they are just everywhere XD

  • Hey Bella we actually have a lot of non traditional classmates. From my experience they are sometimes even more prepared for medical school than traditional students fresh out of undergrad. Doing a post bacc definitely will prepare you for medical school (similar coursework, faculty help with applications, etc) . It also gives you time to think about whether it’s what you want to do and live life a little before the crazy medical student life begins. Good luck with everything!

  • Hey Tsunade, I usually buy my plain page notebooks from Daiso. It’s a Japanese dollar store. There’s one in LA. If you don’t have one near you, try Muji (another Japanese store), art stores, or any standard school supply store (look in the art notebook section). If you go to an art store or office depot type of place, try to avoid the thick sketch book paper (too heavy and pricey!). Hope this helps!

  • Video summary (to all time-poor people :))
    1. Study efficiently – to increase efficiency perhaps use a timer to keep track of how much you actually study (stop timer whenever you get sidetracked)
    2. Devote a large proportion of time to ACTIVE LEARNING – e.g. testing yourself using a whiteboard, explaining concepts to others, quizzing each other. Some PASSIVE learning is usually required initially to gain some understanding.
    3. Be organised – e.g.make a timetable or list of things to do that day, or even better plan your study until the exam. Ensure it is REALISTIC
    4. Devote more time to areas you are weaker in.
    5. Try colour coding your notes or stuff in a textbook (this will depend on person) – e.g. highlight things you MUST remember in a certain colour, things you need to research a bit more in another colour. Of course try not to highlight too much as well, this will cause this method to be ineffective.
    Btw awesome video! Tips were wonderful as always. Hopefully you keep your youtube channel active (no pun intended)
    -first year meddie