Pre-Med Study Strategies – What I Wish I Knew in College (Tips from Medical School)

How to Study Better and Get Better Grades: Learn how to study smarter and more efficiently, which translates to better grades and more free time for the things you enjoy. These are the study strategies and tips I wish I had known in college, as they would have made my life much easier. This video will help you improve your grades and have you spend less time studying!

In medical school you are forced to learn information at a faster pace than in undergrad. In this video I go over the various strategies that helped me study more effectively and efficiently, and what I wish I knew during undergrad as a premed student. Life would have been much easier and I would have had more time to do other things if I knew these study tricks earlier.

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In this video, I help go over key strategies that will help premedical students excel in their courses and help gain admission to medical school. I cover:
1) Active vs Passive learning
2) Learning Environment
3) How to obtain information from lectures and textbooks
4) How to review information
5) Simple principles for test day


50 Replies to “Pre-Med Study Strategies – What I Wish I Knew in College (Tips from Medical School)”

  1. Waffa Meziani

    I can't believe this was 2 years ago I was wishing for a video that would change the way I study for the better because I found myself applying a lot of methods at once it was tiring. I'm not a med student lm an engineering student however ur methods I can even apply them for technical courses too, thank u🙌

  2. Jasmine Kaur

    Thank you so much! You are helping so many of us poor students who are struggling to make ends meet, and need help with college. So, paying for advice is as pricely as our rents was the biggest issue for me personally till I came across your page!!Your free resources are such a life saver! Thank you so much! You’re so talented at imparting successful advice, more so than my own pre-health advisors!

  3. Oh! Danielle

    How I Study:
    -Write Down Important Topics/Sub-Topics about Reading (I make sure to understand the reading and if I don’t I mark it)
    -Type during Lectures and Ask about any Questions I have
    -Write down the notes I have from lecture in my own words
    -Go to Office Hours for anything left that I didn’t understand
    -Review every 3 days – 2 weeks depending on how well I understand the material

  4. ak_26

    I’m in 8th grade and I want to be a pathologist. I’m really excited but I’m mostly very nervous because of med school and the studying! I don’t know if it’s early or not to start studying so can someone reply? Thank you so much this video was very helpful!

  5. Wait Whet

    I would say that for lecture we should use our computers to note take but have a paper for hard to type things like graphs. It’s better because you can get down all the important information that the professor talks about rather than writing it out. You can pay more attention to the lecture rather than stressfully trying to write important stuff down. I Would then ask you get the lecture from the professor and then apply the steps in the video of reviewing your online notes and presentation slides that way you can have all the information you need and that way you can have better notes while not missing little things. After than summarize like he said in the video. It’s the same things as you said in the video, I’m just adding on two parts to make your notes even more successful. It does take a bit more time though. But remember to study smarter not harder and summarize in writing that way you can retain that knowledge. =)

  6. Gaurav Mishra

    The vedeo was very helpful…but i have just one question… it's my weakness u can say…when i study a chpter i don't know which part to leave….that is I don't know what's important and what's not….can u plz help me with this…bcoz i m a medici too…and presently i m having problem with my pharma and patho…so plz reply how to understand what's important…

  7. Faizan Ullah

    Hey Doc! Im a little clueless about how to use the flash cards on anki. Like what sort of information do we put on flash cards- Facts and details for example names of proteins etc or Concepts like implantation process in embryology.

  8. Harun

    Flashcards! I can't stress this enough, they are the MOST important thing in the world, when in med school (if you want to have a life that is). Every other method of memorising information is inferior, as proven scientifically. He mentions active recall and spaced repetition which is the best way to memorise, but if you want to have it organised for you, get anki because it is embedded into their algorithm. There are also tons of add-ons you can get, my personal favourite being image occlusion, which allows you to turn a big diagram with loads of labels into a flashcard exercise by covering the name of the structure being pointed to (great for anatomy).

    Brainscape is another good one, they recently improved their algorithm and are now rivelling anki but they charge. There pro version is worth the 2.99 per month because there are extensive sets of flashcards available for pretty much everything and alot have been checked and edited.

    If you take one word away from this messege, let it be the word flashcards!

    Good luck studying!

  9. TTX-ScTX

    In the study weeks before the exams, when studying a subject, I would summarise the 'key points' of any course on some papers, and then a few days before the exam, I would summarise my summaries. Somehow, that helped.

    The downside? I only figured out this worked for me in my next to last year in med school (right befor the internships would start). Result: very average and sometimes even bad grades (except for papers and thesis, for which I would generally get 18/20) in almost all years of my bachelor's (premed + a little part of med) and master's (med) courses, except for the two last ones.

  10. TTX-ScTX

    In our university, figuring out what's important is nearly impossible. Almost all our exams are MCQ exams, along with some general open questions to see wheter you get the bigger picture. The problem? Those MCQ questions may either be at a "generalist" level, or may be at the level of a specialist – too detailed, that is. And that depends on the professor who teaches us …

  11. dean dignos

    It’s weird cause i can concentrate and focus in a noisy environment (but not too noisy)
    Being surrounded with people, with people walking around and talking, makes me focus and understand faster

  12. Thomas Chow

    something about test day: take a shit before you leave for the test. Depending on your shit schedule you may not need this (e.g. if you're used to taking a shit in the evening) but the last thing you want to have happen during the test is your call of nature being as urgent as calls when you're on call.

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