Everyone has a different style of learning and it’s so important to work out which resources help you most early on in your degree. In this blog I wanted to share resources that have helped me so far in my Medicine degree.
Things don’t always click the first time round whether that’s in lectures, clinical skills or even when you’re reading so it’s so important to have resources you can turn to that explain or illustrate concepts and skills in an alternative format. Personally, I find revising from books difficult as I have the attention span of a seven-year-old, but I know everyone’s individual, so I’ve tried to include a variety of resources to suit different learning styles.
Zero to Finals: notes, videos and tests on most conditions you will be tested on.
Geeky Medics: covers lots of content from the course, however I find Geeky Medics most useful for OSCE revision. They have videos on virtually all the skills you may be asked to perform in an OSCE scenario.
YouTube: Med cram, lecturio and khan academy are my go-to channels for simple explanations of concepts I didn’t grasp first time round in lectures. You can’t press pause on a lecture if you start to get muddled so YouTube videos are perfect for working through topics at your own pace.
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine: AKA the cheese and onion book! On placement, consultants were constantly recommending this book to us, so I knew it must be worth it. Plus, it’s small enough to take around with you on placement if you need to look something up.
Crash Course books: a different book for each system eg respiratory, renal. Think CGP guides but for your degree. Perfect if you want to cut away the fat and get to grips with all the essentials.
BNF (British National Formulary): accessing the latest information on drugs couldn’t be easier! Includes information on clinical indications, contraindications, side effects and more.
Quizlet: this is EASILY my most used medicine-related app. I find it especially useful for anatomy as you can search a topic (eg the heart) and it will come up with flash cards other people have made which you can use to test yourself. Perfect for on the go.
To conclude this blog post, I just wanted to make a few points about using resources to help you get through your degree.
- It’s OK to not use the same resources as other people. Everyone learns differently and it’s about taking inspiration from others but avoiding comparison. I used to feel bad for not having my head in a book seven hours a day until I discovered that for me, reading just wasn’t the most efficient way of learning.
- The internet can be an invaluable resource but it’s important to remember to always use reputable websites and of course, if you are using a resource in an essay or piece of work to always make sure it is referenced properly.
- There are so many free resources available online but don’t forget about the uni library where there are helpful staff who will help you find what you need. Because of this, there really is no need to fork out money on all the newest books or subscriptions to expensive websites.
Faye studies MBChB Medicine at ARU in Chelmsford. If you're interested in studying medicine or subjects such as biomedical science, nursing and healthcare, browse our undergraduate degree courses or come along to an Open Day to find out more.