In this first episode of the MedEdge Method mini-series, Chase DiMarco talks about finding high yield study resources. He shares a helpful process for how medical students can choose learning materials that best suits their needs.
- [01:16] What is the Best Resource to Use?
- [03:43] Set Your Learning Goals
- [06:18] Awareness of Attention Span
- [10:16] Find Study Materials Best Suited for You
- [15:14] Homework Exercise
There is no universal answer to the question of “What is the best resource to use?” As learners, we all have different experiences, abilities, and preferences. The study materials we use will depend on our personal goals. Reflect on how you’d like to benefit from a class. Is it to build long-term knowledge? Is it to get high grades? Once you have identified your goal, you can then plan your study strategy accordingly.
In order for your plan to be effective, you must have self-awareness. Are there any distractions during your study session? Do you feel sleepy, hungry, or tired? Physical, mental, and environmental factors can prevent you from studying effectively. If you think you’re not making progress, assess the reasons why. Address these issues immediately so you can study at your best. Switch to a different resource only when you think the current one does not match your learning abilities.
We look to social media, online forums, podcasts, and instructors for suggested resources.
Take every recommendation with a grain of salt and do your own research. Or better yet, find a mentor that is more knowledgeable than you, preferably someone that’s not too advanced. He/she must have the same goals and learning preferences as you. The material your mentor recommends will be more suitable than what an online stranger might advise. You can also seek professional help from a coach or tutor.
After choosing a reference, do your best to master it. It’s more beneficial to stick to one than to sample several resources. You won’t have enough time to dive into each available resource. Instead, concentrate on a learning material that works for you to get a more robust understanding of the topic. You may be doing “less” but your focus will give you more in-depth knowledge.
- After your next study session, take the time to reflect on how it went. How attentive were you? Were there any distractions? What can I do better next time? Assess and jot your answers down.
- Identify your goals for the material or class you’re taking. Next, create a list of potential resources. Which resource will help you best achieve your goal? Take note of your answers.
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