So I'm a bit concerned about the quantity of information to be memorized and understood in medical school. My biggest concern is that my current method of studying, creating study-guides, will be too inefficient. While I realize that a lot of my study method will be dependent on myself, the curriculum, and other factors, I was exploring the idea of the concept map method. As I understand it (in case you aren't familiar), it is essentially a visual representation of your notes. The idea is to stop focusing on memorization so much. Instead, the drawing of lines and the visual representation is supposed to help with forming associations and to catalyze a conceptual based understanding of the material. Does anyone actually use this method? If you do, or if you have tried it, i'd love to hear your thoughts on it. I have a few questions that come to mind even before I try the method myself: 1. Do you have just pages and pages of concept maps? It seems like the information would overwhelm the page quickly and force you to start a new page rather often.. How do you organize? 2. What do you like about this method? What do you dislike? 3. How does it work with anatomy and other classes like histology where the material is often visually orientated? 4. Do you find that the process of creating the visual maps is efficient enough to warrant its usage -- i.e. do you remember the material better? do you recall the material better later on for boards? does it make board review easier? Don't feel like you have to answer all the questions. But if you have a constructive opinion, please share. Thanks!