Stop wasting your time reading the whole HUBS191 and CELS191 textbook! To score amazing results in health science first year, you need to understand and MEMORISE the lecture slides.
As I have mentioned in my previous post “HSFY- How I Scored A+ and Got Into Medicine” , you have to remember what you learn and do it efficiently so you don’t waste your precious time. Here are 5 ways I recommend that will boost your memorisation skills!
1. Print + annotate lecture slides
This is the method that I used when I was studying health science first year. It did two things at once; listen to the lectures AND create your study notes. These annotated slides became my only study resource that I refer to. No textbooks, no extra reading materials- just my annotated lecture slides.
Example of annotated lecture slides:
My friend who is now a doctor as well, used to study with mind-maps. He created one-page mind-maps for each lecture and memorised them.
His reasons for using mind-maps:
- All your lecture contents are in one page. You can see how they all relate to each other. This gives you an overall picture of the lecture and achieves 2 important things
- One page per lecture- saves time and creates the impression that you have “less to study”. Way better than flipping through the never-ending pages of lecture slides!
- In-depth understanding- you relate each key point to another, which creates deeper level of understanding. The mind-map is personal to you, so you tend to remember the facts better.
The mind-map method
First, start by listing out the lecture objectives.
Second, attempt to answer each objectives from the lecture slides.
Third, fill in the mind-map with the rest of lecture contents. Attempt to relate the facts/ key points.
Flashcards have become increasingly more popular and for very good reasons.
- Effective- one of the best way to learn is by doing lots of questions. Flashcards do just that- ask questions and you answer them. If you get it wrong, you tend to remember it better.
- Simplification- flashcards break information into chunks. If you limit your flashcards to 1-2 questions per card, then it is easier to focus and memorise the facts. Much less scarier than memorising lecture slides with information all over the place.
Flashcards How To
For each flashcard, write questions and answers based on the contents of one lecture slide.
Then, create “lecture objective” flashcards.
This will make sure that you cover all the facts in the particular lecture and the lecture objectives as well.
4. Post-it sticky notes
I like sticky notes. They have tonnes of uses! I usually use sticky notes in adjunct to the study methods above. Here are some of the ways that I like to use them.
Use sticky notes for information gathering
- Sometimes when studying a certain topic, you have information from different sources- lecture slides, GLMs, blackboard etc. Write them down in individual sticky notes, then gather them together and put them in one group.
Use sticky notes together with mind-maps
- Once you have created your mind-map, test yourself by covering parts of the maps with sticky notes. Add hints. Attempt to answer them.
Use sticky notes together with annotated slides
- Sometimes, you might have additional information to add into your annotated slides. But, you run out of space or you need to highlight a key point- sticky notes will solve the problem!
Stick them on your wall
- If you find it difficult to memorise a fact or formula, just write it down and stick it on your wall. You see it everyday and you will remember it.
This is for audio learners. If you remember things better by listening, then podcasts are really helpful. For each subject, they have lecture podcasts uploaded to blackboard. Download them, go for a run or gym and listen to the podcasts. Again, saves time by multitasking!
Now before you go and try out these study methods, you need to know the secret ingredient
I cannot stress enough the importance of going through your notes and memorise them again and again and again. Keep memorising the same facts again and again until you are sick to the stomach. Repeat the same process again and again until you can sleep talk about it. Make it a habit to go through the same lectures once a week. Trust me, there are no shortcuts to succeed in health science first year.
I know it is not a “secret” but students tend to ignore the fact that in order for your brain neurons to make long term connections and store the facts safely, you need repeatedly go through all the lectures.
Just think about it- What are you good at? Playing the guitar? Swimming? Cycling? And how did you become good at it?
That is how you become good at something. You repeat, repeat and repeat. You make mistakes and keep learning. The exact same principle applies for studying.
I hope this gives you a rough idea on how you can effectively memorise lecture contents especially for HUBS191/192, CELS191 and BIOC192.
Let me know what are some of the study methods that help you to memorise contents efficiently! As usual, comment or email me if there are any questions and share this post.