Monday, January 2, 2012

iPad Applications

My former and future biochem professor recommended getting started early on reading for both his class and my physio class.  In using what did NOT work for ochem last semester, I'm bound and determined to find a better, more efficient, more effective (A anyone???) to study for both courses.  My evolution class will be work but the professor was my gen bio guy and I'm going to Ecuador with him on research trip.  I think that class is my breather.

So, I go to this site quite often:  Old Premeds  started by a high school drop out, turned over the road truck driver, DARTMOUTH trained anesthesiologist.  (yeah, there's a message there for anyone who dropped out of high school!).

I asked about physio help and guidance.  Certainly, getting to within 3 weeks of the final and finding out my study habits suck is not a learning experience I want to repeat.

Ideas suggested and used by others:

  1. Draw all the systems and components in different colors so that I can see what is doing what to whom and how (nerves = blue, muscles = red, organs = blue, etc)
  2. Physio coloring book - I may try that although... I don't know that it ever helped me 30 years ago in anatomy (but that might have had something to do with me being hungover or drunk all the time and not putting in any effort)
  3. BRS Physio at the med school level (off to buy today!... oh yea, just what I need yet another med school book to remind me of what I want to do, and where I want to end up)
  4. iPad applications - found Visible 3D and am looking for some others (Angry Birds aside, I will be finding useful apps - damn you anyway SD!  :D)
So, it took me less than 1 week to get over my abysmal "B" in ochem... and to smiling again and looking forward.

Yep, where is that med school bound bus?  I'm hopping on!


Anonymous said...

I just finished up physiology. I definitely agree with importance of drawing out the various systems and feedback loops. You've inspired me...perhaps I ought to write a post about what I found useful in physiology.

Rick said...


A Doc 2 Be said...

@ MSO - that would be awesome - let me know if/when you do so I can relink it here

@ Rick - thank you!

Solitary Diner said...

You seem to harbour a lot of bitterness towards me about the whole Angry Birds thing....

As for studying methods, I think the key is to find a method that works for your particular learning style. I'm a very linear, non-visual learner, so when I was learning anatomy none of the colouring books/flash cards/other visual learning tools were very useful to me. Instead, I had to write out tables of muscles/bones/nerves/actions and recite them over and over again to get the information to stick. Whatever works for you is the best technique.

A Doc 2 Be said...

@ Solitary - I <3 U!! I get a chuckle every time I load it up (or think of you while playing WoW)... because ADHD aside, another 85 is really what I need :P

To your point, I do not know what my learning style is. Part of my problem 30 years ago was that school had never been difficult for me, even when taking the advanced science classes in high school.

So, to say my study habits sucked while in college is an understatement. What made things worse was my habit of knowing where the football players were after practice and post-game, and drinking with them.

Now, I am learning how to study. Organic was a really good lesson for me as I did all the homework problems, made the notecards, etc but did not repetitively study during the week. Hence, never got much above a B the entire semester until my final which was an A-...

Asking those that have trod before me for pointers... I just want to learn how to learn. Will add yours to my list.

Thank you (and dang AB anyway!)

Zazzy Episodes said...

I'll be entering my 3rd semester of nursing school and I echo your statement of wanting to learn how to learn. For me it's so difficult being married with two kids I just find it hard sitting down to study. By the time my attention is focused it's bedtime:-(

Slamdunk said...

Sounds like some creative suggestions. I am not sure the coloring book would work for me either.

Tony said...

Linda Costanzo, the author of the BRS Physio book (which is regarded by many to be the gold std. for learning med school physio) also writes a textbook which is great and obviously expounds more on topics (but lacks the MC ?s that are at the end of the chapters in the BRS books). I believe both books are about the same price.

A Doc 2 Be said...

Thanks Tony! I will check it out. Quite possibly, I bought it with my other BRS Physio book.

Just a few more A's and then?


(I'm done at that point, right? I can just sit back, relax, get my MD and breeze through life, right? haha... no.)

Tony said...

Oh the MCAT - it's one of those seemingly necessary but painful hurdles in the long path of medical education. As I'm sure you realize, getting A's in your pre-reqs will definitely build the foundation you'll need for the MCAT. At least you get to take it before it all changes in 2015. Another trick for physio that helps me is making Flow-charts for the various processes.