Many medical students tell us that they really really want to start using flashcards. However, when we discuss what’s preventing them from using flashcards many of them state: ‘It’s just really hard to get started.’ When we probe further, it usually means that students are unsure exactly how to make flashcards. And, they don’t want to waste time to go through the process of making lots of flashcards before they start having a decent number of cards to review. Additionally, students tell us that they really just want to use the flashcards for certain topics that they feel require memorization.
So, today Elite Medical Prep is releasing its first Starter Flashcard decks for use on Anki.
Get the Elite Medical Prep Anki Biochem Starter Deck HERE
The purpose of these decks is to allow students preparing for the USMLE step 1 to have a solid deck of flashcards on a commonly requested topic. Our 1st deck, released with this blog post, is biochemistry. We have decided to use Anki as the platform for our flashcards because we realized that most students are using Anki, and most importantly it’s free and it’s effective.
The biochemistry starter deck is designed as follows. There are 100 high-quality flashcards on common biochemistry facts that are tested on the USMLE Step 1 and on related NBME practice exams. The point of the flashcards not to be fully comprehensive but to give the student studying for the USMLE Step 1 a solid starting point for their flashcards. Each card has a limited amount of information on the front and the back. There is a lot more information that we could have included on these cards, but we chose to limit the amount of information so that the students that use them will have space and will be encouraged to add additional facts to these cards that they feel are relevant to them personally. As we have advised many students over the years, the best flashcards are those that the student either makes and/or headaches themselves. The best flashcards are personalized to the needs of the particular student.
The reason we are releasing these starter flashcards next also reflects some of the issues we highlighted 8 and normal views of the commercially available and freely available flashcards ask for step 1. Our highest ratings went to Brosencephlaon and Zanki, but with time, we have found that unless the student is totally invested in using these flashcards from at least the beginning of their 2nd year of medical school, the amount of time needed to cover all these cards is overwhelming. Although there are a number of commercially available flashcards programs that are well constructed, all of them have faults that make them less optimal compared to Anki based systems. Therefore, we have released the starter deck of 100 cards on biochemistry. These cards are totally free and all students should feel free to share some or all of the cards. We also encouraged the students to provide us feedback regarding these flashcards.
If you like these biochemistry flashcards, please check in with us in March as we will be releasing additional starter flashcards ask on several other topics.