My Comprehensive Guide On How To Study | Study Tips From A Med School Student
Hi guys! This how to study video has been a highly requested so I thought this would be the perfect time to make it since for most of us are starting a new spring semester. This video will be a more comprehensive one compared to the video I made last semester for finals. So let’s get right into it. Time Management.
To make the most from your studying don’t focus on the time you invest. Focus on the quality of your study session over the quantity you do. This is one of the key things we focus on and we absolutely think you can get twice the results in half the time. Make sure you grab the free audiobook Unlimited Memory by a chess grandmaster which will absolutely transform your results overnight if you apply the techniques.
Time management is important because time is a limited resource and often the amount of studying we can do is limited by the amount of time we have. So the first thing I would suggest is Creating a weekly schedule. This is how I would approach it. Block off classes, Block off studying time, Like I said before in a previous video, If you treat it like a full time job then you should be devoting at least 35 40 hours per week as a student. With classes taken into account.
That leaves 15 to 20 hours a week studying. This equates to 3 to 5 hours a day of study time. If you have a part time job or a work study job block that off too. Keep in mind that this shouldn’t come at the expense of study time. It should come off of free time. In HS going to class is mandatory you get graded/parents. In college it’s more relaxed.
It’s easy to skip class because attendance isn’t taken into account. In med school, all the lectures are video recorded. I personally did a mixture of attending class in person and listening to recorded lecture at home. I think it’s important to decide whether you benefit the most from attending class in person or from studying at your own pace at home. I will say that even when I stayed home and watched lecture videos, I never fell behind on watching that day’s lecture. whether attendance is mandatory or not at your institution is, the most important thing is to never fall behind on that day’s lecture Ask questions and participate in class If you are going to class, you should try to be an active participant of your lecture rather than passively sitting and listening. So that means asking questions and participating whenever you can to keep your mind active. Taking Notes Reading class material and taking notes before class is really helpful and will help you get ahead and stay better focused during class time.
I made a whole video on how I take notes for class so I will link it in the description box below. Office hours/review sessions: when I was in undergrad, if I felt like I wasn’t totally getting something in class or if I felt like I wasn’t doing so well in a class, I tried to go to as many office hours and review sessions as possible. It really helped to put me on the same page as my classmates and helped me understand exactly what my professors wanted me to know for my exams. Usually if I invested my time into going to office hours and review sessions, I did pretty well in that class. So I highly recommend going to as many class activities outside of lecture. Although people have different preferences when it comes to study location, I think it’s important to know what works best for you quiet library, cafe with some background noise, home, etc.
For me, I like to study in quiet places with little to no background noise. Once in awhile I can get some studying done in cafes, but my go to places are libraries and quiet rooms in school. As for study music, I like no music at all or music with no lyrics. Some of my favorite study music is linked in my Study with me videos over at The Strive Studies channel so definitely check the new channel out if you need a study buddy and some study music to go along with it! Sometimes studying in the same place for hours can be tiring. Switching study places and getting a change of scenery can help you refocus and boost your productivity. When I was studying for my board exam, I changed my study location from home to school depending on how I was feeling. If you guys want some tips on how to stay focused while studying or how to memorize the materials that you’re studying, I will those two videos in the description box as well. Let’s talk about how to study for Exams Avoid cramming.
With the scheduling mentioned before, You should be studying a little bit daily anyway. The best way to avoid cramming is to make a study schedule 1 2 weeks before the exam. Make an outline of the content you need to study and decide how much you want to dedicate to each topic. Once you’re done going over your notes for those topics, Do questions. Questions questions!!! Study Groups: if you like to study in groups, I think a great time to come together is after everyone has finished reviewing the materials so most likely shortly before the exam. This way you can go over some challenging questions as a group and everyone is more or less on the same page. And…
finally, Taking the Exam. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before. In undergrad, I pulled all nighters before exams from time to time but I never found them to be helpful. Since starting med school, I’ve never pulled an all nighter but I tried to stay on top of my study material little by little everyday. Now I fully believe in getting plenty of rest before exams and relaxing as much as possible the night before exams. I hope you guys found this study guide helpful. Before I sign off, I’d like to thank Audible for sponsoring this video.
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