Tried both studying methods but can't decide which will be more effective


2+ Year Member
Feb 4, 2015
When I started med school, I tried reading notes and chapters in textbooks multiple times aloud without boggind down on particular pages but I thought I wouldn't be able to read all the material so many times. Then I tried to take notes while reading aloud and it also worked and I felt i was reading actively. I have never taken notes before that and it was kind of weird.Now, I can't decide how to continue studying. Is it feasible to take notes during MS2 and especially during 3-rd year? You can share your studying methods,too. Thanks.


5+ Year Member
Mar 2, 2014
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I'd say use whatever you feel is working best for you to learn the current material, but make sure you are regularly assessing whether you are retaining enough material. As you move forward, the same study method may not work year to year, or even block to block, but if there's one that's working now, stick to that and switch it up when you feel it's no longer effective.

Donald Juan

7+ Year Member
May 22, 2011
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I drastically changed my study habits many times in the first year before basically figuring out the best way for me to survive. You have to find out what works for you. If you are borderline failing tests, something has to change. If you're studying 80-100 hours a week and doing mediocre, I'd suggest trying something new as well. The biggest thing is to be efficient with your time. Late M2 you might be trying to step study on top of your classes, and in M3 you will have significantly less time to study for shelfs that aren't a walk in the park. In first year don't be scared to try out new things for a week or two and see how it works out.
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