Remembering things after the semester is over has kind of always been an issue for me. I get good grades but then begin to gradually forget things over time. I guess this is normal for everyone to forget things but any tips for remembering what I learned in school long term easier? I am about to start my second year of DPT school and want to be the best practitioner possible. I also hate the feeling of forgetting things so any tips would be amazing.
You'll repeat things in various classes over and over. It is impossible to remember literally everything. It is super frustrating, I agree, but inevitable. I completely agree with the advice to attach meaning to things, and understand concepts vs memorize information.
I highly recommend the PT365 app from Scorebuilders. They provide a daily boards-style question, complete with why the answer was right and the others were wrong. It's a great way to stay fresh with random material (e.g. one day the question is ROM, the next may be integ, etc). You obviously won't know how to answer every single one until you are done with all didactic coursework, but you can still read how the question is phrased & learn a new thing. I started using it my second semester and if the question was way over my head, I either just skipped it or read it for "fun".
There are also a few instagram accounts that post daily questions you can stay fresh with, such as @ptstudyguide (not an advertisement, I have no idea who they are, just like the questions they post). I even follow a few PA accounts that post questions, as some of the material does dovetail with ours.
Other than that, don't overly stress about it. As you begin seeing repeat info, you'll know immediately where you need to brush up, and where you're like oh wow I remember that. Just don't dive too deep into brushing up - make your primary focus the new material. I made that mistake in my first neuro management class after taking neuroscience and went down a deep backward rabbit hole into trying to relearn tracts before realizing I just needed the big picture, not every little nuance!