I’m currently a medical student on my break. I have a Bachelor's degree in Biology from UCI. Over the past extensive years of schooling I have learned, what are the best ways to learn a lot of material in a very short time and retain them as well. This can be done by learning the big picture, understanding the concept, then dive into details and always trying to connect the details to the big picture. When a student get into a graduate program that means he/she is smart enough to do the job they are going to school for but why do you think some medical students drop out? They are not dropping out because lack of intelligence, low IQ level, or been lazy. They are obviously above average which that's why they were admitted to the program but They drop out because :
1- Lack of ability to connect material together and to the big picture therefore they don't learn it, they are memorizing it which ultimately ends in forgetting the material few days later. 2- Time Management 3-Apply what they are learning to real life 4-Active studying instead of passive 5- Practice, practice, practice, practice. I’m speaking out of my own experience. As soon as I corrected my mistakes during my 1st semester of Medical School, my ranking in my class improved significantly by placing myself in top 5% of my class. My class size was 364. I use a verities of teaching techniques such as drawing pictures to show biochemistry pathways and mechanism, using acronyms, jokes, stories, analogy, during my lecture to make it visual for my students. These techniques make the material way easier to learn and remember due to involvement of my students emotions and feelings during my lectures. Don't take my word for it, my work would speak for itself this is why I'm offering a short complementary session for new students. Now let's have some fun learning time.
University of California - Irvine