Sophie Reed – Student Ambassador

Sophie Reed – Student Ambassador

1. Anki flash cards – An invaluable revision tool! Use this program to create quick fire flash cards. Actively using questions instead of just writing up notes and reviewing them is a much better way to revise. It’s also perfect for revision in short bursts and repetition is meant to aid in memorising. You can review your cards one by one and mark whether they need to be repeated again soon if you didn’t know it so well or in a few days if were confident with it. It’s a great way to help remember all the stuff we need to! You can download it for free onto your PC and phone, and can access online from where ever you are. Check it out at http://ankisrs.net/.

2. Spider diagrams/mind maps – when revising I find creating a spider diagram for key topics is a really great way of trying to scribble down everything you can remember. You soon develop an approach for doing different ones, i.e. for a key disease, you can use categories such as definition, diagnosis, aetiology, treatment etc. It is also great to link it to other topics as looking at things from different angles will help reinforce your learning.

3. Past exam papers – I managed to get hold of these from the year above and they’re an invaluable source of practice questions. Along with the answers you can see ideal ways of tackling questions. Great for identifying areas of strengths and weakness. I would recommend you only use these after you have done some revision otherwise you may tend to learn only based on the questions asked.