I have been asking a lot of students how they manage to get good grades. It seemed that the question simply had no answer because none of them would ever say more than, “I just study.” or, “I’m just good at it.“
However, after stumbling across “MedschoolPosts” on snapchat (and instagram), I had the chance to ask medical students for their study tips! So far, I’ve gathered a list of an incoherent jumble, and I hope you can understand. The information also comes from youtube videos and other sources.
WARNING: There is some information down below that was not written by me, but I did not get the chance to get the source so please excuse that. Thanks.
How to get a high GPA in School
Useful apps + Other things:
Remember the general concepts and fill in the gaps with details.
Active Recall: meaning to recall information right away. Close the book, and rephrase everything. Actively read.
Actively read, don’t do it automatically. Take the time to immerse yourself in the material.
*not written by me*
“There are four stages to good note taking:
- Note taking
- Note making
- Note interacting
- Note reflecting
In note taking, students:
• Prepare a page to take notes the same way each time. An essential question at the top of the page focuses the learner on the key learning objective that they should be able to discuss upon leaving the class
• Rule the page into two columns, with the first column taking up about a third of the page. The space on the left is for questions and notes that may be added in later as students reflect on their notes. The space on the right is for the student to take notes from the lecture, textbook, laboratory experiment, video, audio, whatever the source
• Listen and take notes in their own words – paraphrase what they hear so it makes sense to them rather than write down verbatim what they hear/see
• Leave spaces and lines between main ideas for revising later and adding information
• Develop their own consistent system of abbreviations and symbols to save time as they take notes
• Write in phrases, not complete sentences
• Use bullet points and lists where possible
• Learn how to listen for important information versus trivial information
• Take cues from the lecturer or source, e.g. “This is important…”
• Use highlighters and color to indicate key ideas, changes in concepts or links between information.
In note making, students:
• Review and revise the content of their notes
• Write questions on the left-hand side near where the answer is contained on the right-hand side
• Connect key chunks of material in the notes pages using color or symbols
• Exchange ideas and collaborate with other students to check for understanding and test the comprehensiveness of each other’s notes.
In note interacting, students:
• Link all the learning together by writing a summary that addresses the essential question and answers the questions from the left margin. Note that a summary is different from a reflection that focuses on the student’s response to the learning task or content
• Learn from their notes by building into their study timetable regular times for revising their notes for each subject
• Cover the information on the right-hand side and use the questions as study prompts before a test.
In note reflecting:
• Written feedback should be provided by a peer, tutor or teacher to check for the student’s understanding in the initial learning phase
• Students should address the feedback by focusing on one area of challenge they are experiencing in their learning
• Students should also reflect on an entire unit on a regular basis leading up to exams and tests.”
The Pomodoro method [ http://tomato-timer.com ]
Tip: Switch between information being studied every time you find yourself getting bored.
Biology -> Chemistry -> Calculus -> Biology
Write by hand, retype into a program such as Evernote, and then add more information that you find online/textbooks = easy to read. Print the page and stick into a binder. You will have a lot of amazing notes by the end of your school year.
Use Grammarly.com for papers or for any sort of writing.
Use a binder instead of a journal, because you can easily switch notes (loose leaf paper) around, and add or remove information. (Such as your printed notes). Binders are not limiting.
Have a good planner, organize and prioritize your work. Plan your day and see your future assignments. Schedule your study time.
Write your goal and place it in front of you to keep yourself motivated.
Example: “When I finish this assignment, I will have a 96% in the class.”
Exercise: People who exercised during their workday were 23 percent more productive on those days than they were when they didn’t exercise.
Eat brain foods to increase function.
So far, that was the list I have come up with! I hope you enjoy, and I hope you find videos and information online on academic success! Don’t ever be afraid to ask, and create your own system!