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Remember anything with the method of loci

According to legend, Greek poet Simonides stepped outside the dining hall of a dinner he attended when the roof collapsed, killing everyone inside. Due to the extent of damage, they could not identify any of the victims. However, Simonides found that he could identify each victim by picturing the hall's

Remember anything with the method of loci

The re-reading myth: The 1 Habit that has been holding you back in your studies

When we think about study tips, we always think about things to add, the things that can finally break the code turn us into Einstein overnight. But what if we remove the habits that have been holding us back this whole time? One of these habits is re-reading. While it

The re-reading myth: The 1 Habit that has been holding you back in your studies

Direct learning - the only way to learn

The easiest way to learn is simply by spending a lot of time doing what you want to become good at. If you want to learn how to write, write articles instead of reading books on writing. If you want to learn how to play the piano, play a song

Direct learning - the only way to learn

The problem with schools

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark TwainSchools suck. Let me explain by telling you how a typical day in school looks like. “Let’s now proceed to how this bacterium will look like under a microscope, and try to identify the anatomy”, said my

The problem with schools

Understanding how to understand

Do you understand the importance of understanding? Understanding a concept well is important if you want the knowledge to stick, but not many seek it. Tim Urban has an analogy that compares knowledge to a tree “If you don’t fully get it, it’s like a tree in your

Understanding how to understand

Supercharge your memory with mnemonics

One of the best ways to improve retention is by using mnemonics. A mnemonic is something that aids your memory, such as an acronym. For example, I memorise the bones of the hand by using the mnemonic Some Lovers Try Positions That They Can’t Handle, which corresponds to Scaphoid,

Supercharge your memory with mnemonics

Find your atlas

Which sounds easier to you? “I’m going to read about infective endocarditis in the Oxford Handbook, then Kumar and Clark. Oh wait, I should read it up on AMBOSS too.” Or doing this “I’m going to read up on infective endocarditis in the Oxford Handbook and master it

Find your atlas

How To Use Metacognition to Learn Better In Medical School

Metacognition is a strategy that can improve your learning in medical school. Metacognition means above cognition. In other words, metacognition is “learning about your learning”, or “knowing about what you know”, or “thinking about your thinking”.  For example, a person uses metacognition if they realise that they have more trouble

How To Use Metacognition to Learn Better In Medical School

Go From Procrastination to Studying

I've been procrastinating on my studies recently, thanks to the coronavirus situation. Uncertainties about medical school and exams made my personal productivity go down. I wake up with plans on my to-do-lists, but I end up in bed, watching Netflix. I wasn't doing anything, but I was more tired than

Go From Procrastination to Studying

How to Make Online Classes Bearable

Looking at your screen to learn medicine sucks. I did not go into medical school to watch lectures at 2x speed. You can't learn medicine by watching lectures; you need to see the signs and symptoms with your own eyes and examine your patients. If William Osler were still alive,

How to Make Online Classes Bearable