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Old 10-03-2015, 05:44 PM
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Med math?
Drug classes?
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Lab values and why they are important?
Getting motivated to study?
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Motivation to study, for sure! I suddenly develop ADHD and do everything except study.
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Motivation to study, for sure! I suddenly develop ADHD and do everything except study.
Some folks do better under deadlines, some are methodical planners who do a bit at a time on a schedule. I'm with you in the ooh-look-at-that! distracto group. It makes me crazy but I always make deadline. On large projects I do swing into a routine for dedicated time in small blocks rather than big thrashes, though.

I think the key us to recognize what really does work for you for a given task and stick to a plan that doesn't result in self-sabotage. It's a lot more productive for me for studying to read it all at once, then skip a day, then read it carefully a second time, taking notes to myself. That's a different mode than when I have to produce something.

What ideas have you seen for studying, and why do/don't they work for you?
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This is something I did years ago when I was in school. During my reading, whenever I came across something new, I jotted it down. Afterwards, I re-wrote it in the form of a question leaving important words blank and used this as a study guide before exams.

I could not afford review classes and passed my Boards (the last paper & pencil one in my state) first try, so it must have helped to some degree.
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What ideas have you seen for studying, and why do/don't they work for you?
Don't work: Flash cards are a no-no for me. I spend too much time making them that it becomes more counterproductive. Reading. I'm a selective remember-er. I remember the most random tid bits of information, but not the things that really matter. I haven't found an efficient way to read yet.

Work: Videos. The visual and audio component engage my attention more and feeds the ADHD need. Mnemonics. Association really helps me relate the material into a more familiar form (I hope that makes sense. It makes sense in my head).

I have a slight photographic memory, if that's possible. So I can visualize specific paragraphs that I've read and remember the information in that section. I wish I could utilize that ability in a more efficient way, though.
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Do you visualize the words themselves, or do you get a mental picture ( i.e. mind movie) of the content of what you've read?
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Do you visualize the words themselves, or do you get a mental picture ( i.e. mind movie) of the content of what you've read?
Mental picture. Again, it's selective. I have no idea why I remember that particular paragraph above the others. If I knew how it worked, I could find a more efficient way to study. *facepalm*

I guess I'll have to settle with mnemonics and reviewing. I like doing outlines, too. And I'll draw some pretty awful pictures (awful in quality, not awful like inappropriate) of certain mechanisms to help me remember better.
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I bought some anatomy workbooks and spent my spare time (as in waiting inside until it was time to slog through the Cleveland snow and catch a bus) to take colored pencils to the diagrams and color in structures. These came more vividly into my head if I needed them.
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OH, I recommend those all the time-- the Anatomy Coloring Book and Physiology Coloring Book (real books, not cartoons) as a way to solidify concepts by getting them into the brain in a different way. Amazon, get the hard copy, not the online, because, as PP notes, using your actual hands and eye-hand coordination to use them makes a different and deeper track into your memory.
I wonder if these would be different/better/more reliable/reproducible for someone with some eidetic memory? Sounds like a good thesis project to me ...
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