Thursday, May 20, 2010

Study tips

I've got a BFE (Big Freakin' Exam) coming up this weekend, so instead of actually studying, I am drawing cartoons about studying.



Note: I have done all of the above for my current exam. I'm *this close* to showering with my review book.

21 comments:

  1. Yup.

    I went through SO MANY highlighters in med school it was sad. And, like you said, it was most of the page.

    Group study is an exercise in futility. Never worked for me. Though I never got asked to have a pillow fight, either.

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  2. Been there, done that, your flashcards get soggy. Beer, on the other hand, is ok in the shower if you drink it quickly...

    Dont drive while flashcarding, either, at least not on curvy mountain roads.

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  3. Hey, thanks to Dr. Grumpy for steering me here! I have a cardiologist friend whose son is currently in medical school and I have to say, his Facebook page makes it all look like fun. I appreciate the "truth" in cartoon form!

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  5. Does spooning Robbins provide the same effect? Because that is what I will be doing for the next 4 weeks.

    At my last study session we came up with aerobic anatomy inspired dance moves to "Eye of the Tiger". True story.

    Good luck (or "Break a pencil"??? "Break an OPA"? What is a safe way to wish luck to medical people?) on your exam!

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  6. But you HAVE to highlight the whole page because most materials are so condensed that you really have to learn every single sentence.

    Have you ever written an outline that was actually longer than it's source?

    I would totally do group study if a pillow fight ensued.

    So final question: Are you going to start posting less often once your exam is over? I hope not. Your cartoons have been really funny lately.

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  8. Thanks, albino.

    OMDG, thanks for the compliment :) Don't worry, once I'm done procrastinating for my test, I can procrastinate for the paper I'm writing, laundry, dishes... the list is endless :)

    And we didn't actually end up having the pillow fight...

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  9. What test are you taking, Fizzy?

    My favorite freak-out test moment was when I was in the basement of the med school by myself, in a classroom late at night, loaded up on peppermints that eventually earned me my first cavity. I was frustrated by some too-loud group study next door (maybe they were pillow fighting?). I started angrily making loud, primitive chalk marks on the chalkboard. It lasted almost an hour. Seriously. It was biochem.

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  10. My oral boards. It's going to be awesome.

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  11. HAHA...So true..I'm "trying" to study for an exam thats in two days and I have done evrything you mentioned..lol

    Maybe not the pillow fight..

    Cheers

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  12. Trueness!!
    And four different colored highlighters are a must to mark points in order or importance! :P

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  13. Oh, yeah, mnemonics. Your own are always the best. "Friends, patriots or saints elicit the news, viewing mom and pop making love in zoos" was mine for the bones of the skull. Oh, I've got a MILLION of 'em.

    By the way, I came up with that one in pharmacy school in the 80's, and it's still in my own skull. And I can still name the bones of the skull, too. :)

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  14. These made me laugh out loud and took me back to the days when we'd all huddle around making even more ridiculous mnemonics. I remember something about remembering B12 deficiency by conjuring up a picture of Phil Collins holding the Swiss flag, and chopped up into pieces. A "Hypersegmented Neutral Phil" (hypersegmented neutrophil). Clearly, it worked.

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  15. Over from Doc Grumpy...LOL! I've tried that osmosis thing. The sleep part helps cement in what you actively studied earlier in the day, but otherwise, unfortunately, works not so much...Great post! Comments are good too.

    An RN (wanted to be a doc, but, there was physics, and so, BSN)

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  16. Also from Grumpy's, love your stuff!

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  17. Hey, if you put a book under your pillow in the hopes of info transfer from an area of greater concentration to an area of lesser concentration, you're learning by diffusion, not osmosis! You want your book should get wet?

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  18. You forgot making ridiculous drawings in many colors, my favorite second only to flashcards. It's like making an outline, but with more dead trees!

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  19. I agree with Claire. You forgot the Post-It notes and other random bits of paper with diagrams & flowcharts stuck in some crazily oragnized pattern (recognizable only by you) on the walls of your room. I remember some of my classmates refused to come into my room because the walls scared them.

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  20. i only remember the dirty mneumonics but not that they stand for hahaha (i.e. the 12 cranial nerves)

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  21. ha ha........this is awesome...........i remember making mnemonics....i used to make mnemonics for everything i read.......my friends used to say that i may end up making mnemonics to remember the pnemonics.....fortunately that never happened...he he.....i just love mnemonics....

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