I would like to start out by saying I am an average student. I struggled A LOT my first semester at Ross. I asked every upper semester I knew for their advise and nothing really worked for me. Studying at Ross was something that took me a few semesters to really figure out. It is totally different then studying for college classes! With a lot of trial and error, I finally figured out the way to study for my own personal success.
Before I detail the way I studied for the final three basic sciences semester (3C-5C), I wanted to share my general study plan and all my favorite study materials! My plan worked for me, and maybe some parts of it will be helpful to you too!
My General ScheduleÂ
- Watch Ross lectures on Panopto or go to class depending on the professor. 2X the lectures, watch them once just paying attention to the lecture with the Powerpoint in front of me (I use the Notability app on the iPad and an Apple pen).
- Create a study product using Microsoft Word with the professors lecture notes.
- Re-watch the lecture with my study product on Notability and highlight/note things that the professor emphasizes.
- MCQs provided by professor.
- Review study products and make notecards for important points I need to memorize (sometimes I wrote notecards for entire lectures or remade study products to be shorter and more concise).
- Sketchy micro and pharm for the unit (I do not usually watch lecture for this, but I do use the listed MCQs)
- A few days before the exam- use a white board/paper/iPad to rewrite everything from the study products
- Day of exam (if afternoon test, if morning test I would do the day before)- reread all my study products, try to re-watch all sketchy videos, use past concept sheets and go through the answers with a partner.
Books and Outside Resources
- First Aid for the USMLE Step 1
I started using this book in 3rd semester sparingly, mostly to confirm some random micro facts and for the renal unit. I really started using it during 4th and 5th semester while learning pathology because it helped me pull together the physio, micro and pharm that went with each system.
Get the newest one available to you and get it spiral bound! Its easier to write in this way.
- Sketchy Pharm and Sketchy Micro
OMG! If I didnât have these resources, I donât know what I would do with myself. I watch Sketchy several times through as I approach exams and it has proven to be a valuable learning material. I still have good recall from Sketchy videos I watched back in 3rd semester! Whenever I hear people say they do not use Sketchy, their reasoning is usually because they think it takes too long. Here is the thing- once you master a sketch, you know it for the long term. There are so many things we learn in medical school that you learn, forget, then have to relearn down the line. Sketchy is a way to SAVE time. Plus, once you have seen it once or twice you can re-watch them at 2X. Maybe this doesnât fit your learning style, but everyone learns differently!
In addition to the program, I also use their workbooks! I think they are a great way to stay focused while your watching sketches since its easy to get off track.
- Doctors in Training
I used this program for one thing only- preparing for NBME finals at Ross and it has never let me down! I use it to review the subjects we learned for the entire semester and I find it to be a great way to recall everything you learned in the short time we have to prepare for the NBME finals.
Organization and Other MaterialsÂ
I am obsessed with writing things down in a planner and on a calendar. It eases my anxiety about missing important events or not having enough time to get things done. I plan everything out and I write everything in my planner! This is my all time favorite planner because it has a good monthly and weekly organization. They come in different designs and sizes as well!
- Staedtler Pens
These are my fave pens, but they are pricey so I found an alternative set that are super similar-Â Sipa pens!
Do you have any study materials you love and cannot live without? Let me know so I can check them out!