16 May 2022
Hello, my name is Olivia Gansallo, and I am in my 3rd year of Medical Science at ARU. Here are my top 5 resources that I used throughout my degree and for completing assignments.
Osmosis is one of my favourite YouTube channels to watch whenever I need to revise about a disease or learn something new. Their videos are so easy to follow and illustrative, so you have a clear idea of what is going on. They really go in depth with pathophysiology of diseases and why they occur. The only downside is that they have a limited number of free videos, and the rest are subscription. But I’m sure the subscription would be worth paying for!
Another YouTube channel I love is Khan Academy – and it’s free! Khan Academy is also great at explaining pathophysiology and mechanisms of action or organ systems and diseases. It also uses illustrations to teach, which is great for visual learners like myself.
What I love about using YouTube videos is that it is really easy to pause and go back to anything you missed.
One thing I wish I did when I first started university is make use of the resources and e-books from the library. I mainly did my revision using YouTube videos and slides that were uploaded onto Canvas. But one thing I wish I did was make use of the e-textbooks that were provided, sometimes knowing a little bit more than what was taught in the lecture can really help with understanding the topic fully. Also, textbooks tend to have more detail than the lecture slides, so I really recommend using e-textbooks from the library! Here are some great examples:
I would also recommend using the Library Services for tips on ARU referencing and utilising the Books and Journals search engine.
University does involve a lot of referencing of scientific journals, articles, and books. The best place to find relevant articles is definitely PubMed. PubMed helps you to find journals and studies for you to reference.
I wish I knew of RefWorks a lot sooner than I did. It is a LIFESAVER for referencing, especially when you have such a large number of references. You should be able to use RefWorks after your second year of university. RefWorks also allows you to create a bibliography that matches ARU style Harvard referencing. It really does help ease the workload.
I hope this helps! Good Luck!
Olivia studies Medical Science with ARU in Chelmsford. If you're interested in this, or other courses, come along to an Open Day to find out more about studying with us.