If you read the answer before yours, those advices came after a few years of undergrad. At the start, I was not very well balanced in this department and I struggled to make the most of my time and find ways of studying that worked well for me.
Doing well in university was never that simple in university. I worked very hard to get the grades I got and to get where I am. It is always a struggle to get the most out of my studying. We are only human.
You can read the tips in the previous post for what I do or just search “study habit.”
Everyone has different studying tips. I have written a bit about this and you could search for it here under “study habit.”
My general advice is to take breaks when things are not sinking in, refocus, then restart. This goes for regular studying or when you’re cramming. Your brain does not have unlimited stamina; it needs rest.
The other advice is to use multiple approaches, and not just repetition. Your brain generally learns best when the message is reinforced through different modalities. Try some flow charts, make tables, or flash cards. If something is not working, discard it for a better method.
Next, set some goals for yourself. Decide what you need to focus on, what you can accomplish, and do as much as you can. It is alright to sometimes bite off more than you can chew, but always know your limits and keep pushing forward. Even if you only review a bit every day, in the long run you will have read through the material quite a bit.
Lastly, review often. The freshest material is always that which is covered most recently. Go back often to freshen up older material. The subsequent passes you will get a feel for what you have forgotten, what you have remembered, and focus yourself appropriately where you are struggling.
I hope this has been helpful to you. Good luck and take care.
I think that taking a stimulant without a medical purpose or a real problem is not a good idea. For those who have real challenges, real difficulties, and real reasons for taking stimulants I have no issue with the necessity. It is a matter of requirement, need, and moderation.
Stimulants may have varying effects on the host as seen in this preliminary research published in Nature; caffeine likewise may not work for everyone.
As you say, caffeine and stimulants are chemical compounds. Drugs. And as such, they have the capacity of abuse, but in this case, the abuse potential and the repercussions of one are greater than the other. That in my opinion makes caffeine a lesser of two evils.
In an ideal world, I would give up coffee, and people would not feel pressured to try stimulants. But this is not the case, so all we can do is resist the temptation. I would also suggest reading the submissions to the New York Times, titled “In Their Own Words: ‘Study Drugs.’”
To my knowledge, the use of stimulants without medical cause is frowned upon by the faculty and it is ill-advised and I would say the same.
What are your thoughts on the subject of stimulants? What food or drink do you have to help you study? Discuss or leave your comments below.
Given my recent opening of anonymous questions and the latest feature on Tumblr Tuesday, my inbox has exploded. I have been trying to answer these as quickly as I can. To help me clear off a large slate before the end of my summer, here is the latest mailbag.
Now that is an interesting question woesandwy. If there was a fool proof solution, you can bet your money that medical students would have been all over it years ago. Unfortunately, life is not always that easy and it hides her secrets well.
Here are my suggestions:
These are the tips I keep in mind when I am studying and hopefully they will work for you too. Good luck and take care.
Do you have tips on combatting sleepiness while studying? Leave a comment below.
Our curriculum is structured around systems such as neurology reproduction or blood and lymphatics, so I tend to just keep every block separate. Pharmacology, anatomy, pathology, and histology is covered within these systems blocks but as they are also examined as their own self-contained exams, I tend to keep those notes separate from the rest of the pile to make it easier to sift through.
Hope that answers your question and take care. :)