Observations and Trends After the Switch to USMLE Step 1 Pass/Fail: What Learning Specialists Are Saying
One of the hottest topics among medical education learning specialists (MELS) is the behavior, motivation, and performance of medical students on USMLE Step 1 now that the exam has gone to pass/fail. Are students incentivized to study with the same intensity? Has stress increased or decreased in response to this...
The Good Doctor: Tips and Tricks for Medical Students with ASD
This past month I was fortunate enough to attend a lecture by Dr. Rebecca Güler, senior learning specialist at UTMB, on working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As a fan of the tv show, The Good Doctor, I found that this is a topic that I wanted to...
How to Learn the Most from Your Pre-Health Advisor
For a pre-medical undergraduate student, or anyone studying for the MCAT, perhaps the most important place on campus is the Pre-Health Advising Office. The Pre-Health Advising Office is a great destination for getting to know like-minded peers and learning more about the pre-health journey, but it is also the place...
How to Make Memory Palaces in Medical School
Let’s talk about using memory palaces to memorize information for your medical school exams! The idea here is to create a visual vocabulary that is distinct and fun – something you enjoy making, something that will stick in your mind, something that clearly represents the information you’re memorizing.
What are Memory Palaces?
Many medical students have heard of of used Sketchy Medical and the concept of making “memory palaces” while building their knowledge foundations in medical school. Understand the origins of memory palaces and how they can be effective for medical students.
Dealing With Test Anxiety During Medical School
Testing anxiety is probably the single most common problem students report to us, and it can be a real bear to deal with. Here are few practical changes to your studying that we recommend you make in order to reduce stress and improve memory.
Why Spaced Repetition is SO Important for USMLE Studies?
On its most basic level, spaced repetition is spacing out new concepts that we are learning over time to more efficiently remember various things. Furthermore, it involves progressively spacing out concepts that we are relatively strong in further and further into time while re-introducing topics that we are relatively weaker in a shorter interval in between.
WEBINAR: Tutoring Program Best Practices for Institutions
Yesterday, Elite Medical Prep founders Ken Rubin, MD and Marcel Brus-Ramer, MD, PhD delivered a webinar to representatives from several different medical schools detailing best practices for 1-on-1 and group tutoring programs for institutional use.
Without Active Learning, You Could Fail USMLE Step 1
To pass (and nail) USMLE Step 1, memorizing the facts is just not sufficient—you must be able to apply that knowledge. While you may feel accomplished reading 50 pages of First Aid in a day, the real concern is how much of that knowledge you can actually apply.