Anonymous said: Tips on studying physiology?
Well, I think i can give you some advice on that, physiology was my best subject!! !!
HOW TO STUDY PHYSIOLOGY:
1. Print you class slides if you have them:
Our physiology teacher provided us with the slides he used to explain the lessons before he gave them, so it’s better if you print them, have a look at them, and try to find the definition of terms you think are important. Then you can ask more questions in that class than you would if you attended it without any work already done. That way you’ll feel more secure, at least that worked for me!!!
2. Work. Your. Notes:
This is maybe the best advice I can give you. After your classes, take time that afternoon to go through your notes and complete them, point out things you don’t understand, questions you want to ask… I used to leave a space between notes to draw the graphics myself:
As you can see, I draw the flow charts and the graphics and then I attach to it some post.it or piece of paper that I just staple or glue in the corner so I can move it to see the notes below. Here are some more examples:
As you can see, I worked really hard with this notes. They may seem a bit hectic, but I understood everything perfectly and I did pretty well in my physiology exam. I also dated my notes and marked them with a page number, so everything was always in order. Your notes don’t need to look pretty or extremely organized as long as you understand what you’re writing and you are working with them so it pays off in the final result!! If you work your notes, you’ll have to reason, to make connections, to really understand everything, and there’s just something about pen and paper than gets things in your brain more easily. At least, that works better for me!!
3. If you have doubts, consult the almighty Guyton:
I find it better to try and solve your doubts before asking a teacher, because that way you have to think really hard and maybe you’ll come to a conclusion. If you think things yourself, you’ll notice that you remember everything much much better!!
You can buy a copy of the Guyton book of physiology here and here (follow the second link, it’s cheaper in book depository!!!) There’s also this cute companion which seems useful, and the review book!! Another revue book here! (this last one is an ebook, so it’s pretty cheap).
4. Use some good apps:
I didn’t use any apps when I studied physiology, but here are some good ones:
If you are an android user: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elsevier.physiologyapp
If you are an apple user: http://appcrawlr.com/ios-apps/best-apps-physiology-class (you have a lot here, just try some of them and decide which one works better for you!!)
5. Revise as much as you can:
Revising your notes, for example, every weekend, will help you to remember and understand everything better, because the more we visit a brain connection, the stronger it gets!
6. Study with questions:
Once you’ve studied, answering some questions will help you notice if you understood everything. Here are some good pages:
I haven’t used this yet, but I can’t wait to buy it and have fun! Who said studying couldn’t be fun??
Well, this is everything I have to say for now, I hope this helped you!! If you have any more questions, you can always come back to me! :D
It is so fucking easy to think that medical is not for you. It’s easier to quit.
I am not your conventional preppy, always prepared medical student. I procrastinate and I cram and as a result, my grades turn to shit.
But I am lucky enough to have parents who believe in me and who are willing to splurge on 100k pesos per semester. Sometimes, I think quitting is easier. But that isn’t really an option.
You will constantly remind yourself to do and be better. And that’s what i’ll do.
But sometimes, your school just sees you as an ATM so it’s out of your hands. Make sure your school isn’t being ran by a bunch of money hungry assholes first.
Anonymous said: ate, can u blog about your journey to medical school? and also share some tips for incoming medical students? hehe
I’m sorry for answering so late. I will update this blog soon, i promise. Esp for the Filipino medical students like me na di naman laging top of the class. Hahaha. I’ll start today, anon. Promise. And for those asking na din if I follow Filipino med blogs. Will put up a blog about it soon. 😊