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College of Medicine Study Skills: Content Boxes
Welcome to the UK College of Medicine and UK Medical Center Library's guide for Study Skills. This guide is a compilation of study skills resources available to the UK College of Medicine.
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Avoid simply “transferring information”:
Excessive note taking, rewriting notes, rewriting slides. These all seem like study strategies when in actuality you are simply transferring information from one place to another. This is not actively engaging with the material.
Use charts to make connections:
Making charts and tables is a useful way to compare and contrast information. It allows you to see how things are similar or related, but also how they are different. This is a critical skill when it comes to differential diagnosis, and charts can make that process easier.
Use questions to test yourself, but also to go beyond the surface material:
Do not wait until the weekend before an exam to start doing questions. The more exposure you have the better prepared you will be on exam day.
Change the question and answers to get the most out of them. Know why the right answer is right, but also why the wrong answers are wrong. How can you change the question to make each of the wrong answers correct?
Write your own questions/vignettes along with the answers. This is the ultimate in knowledge acquisition and engagement. If you can write your own question along with answers, you will have a much better grasp of the material.
Used Spaced Repetition to actually learn the material:
Spaced Repetition is the most effective way to learn the material, and to be able to recall the material long after the test.
Spaced Repetition means that, prior to test day you will have seen the same material multiple times, with concepts you don’t know as well coming up more often while concepts you know very well come up much less often.
Try to think about the material clinically:
How would a patient with this condition present? This extends from Anatomy through Residency.
Thinking clinically better prepares you to do your differential diagnosis as well as answer questions on a test or STEP.