hey guys my name is Jamie and I'm a

first-year mergency medicine resident

today I want to talk about a pretty

common question in my channel and that

is how to study effectively for exams

and with the exam season right around

the corner I think now is a great time

to talk about it and without further ado

let's jump right in my tip number one is

to stop procrastinating and have a study

plan I know that sounds really obvious

but it's also one of the biggest

pitfalls of studying for an exam the

last thing you want to do is wait until

the last minute to study for exams

waiting until the last minute can get

stressful and most of the times it can

result in a grade that's not ideal the

best way to stop procrastination is by

prioritizing and having a study plan if

you haven't already I suggest creating a

schedule of when your exams are going to

be one of the ways I approach making a

study plan is by actually quantifying

the materials you have to know for an

exam so to make a simple study plan I

like to quantify what I need to know and

then divide it evenly by the number of

days I have to study I then at a

comprehensive review day or day

a'practice questions to really make sure

I know my stuff and then I take the exam

the next day this is a basic skeleton I

used to study for all my exams in

medical school as well as big exams like

USMLE step 1 and 2 for the most part

what you're going to study for first

it's going to be dictated by which exams

you have first but sometimes exams

aren't spaced out evenly so be sure to

prioritize ones that are harder to study

for so for example if you find chemistry

challenging then it makes sense to

prioritize it over a subject you don't

find as challenging once you have a plan

on when to study my second tip is find

an area where you can study people have

different preferences when it comes to

study locations some people like to

study in a quiet library or at home

while others like to study in a cafe

with some background noise in both

scenarios you want to find an area where

distractions are minimal so that means

if you're easily distracted at home then

maybe you consider studying in the

library and alternatively if you're

easily distracted by people then it will

be better to study at home a lot of

people have told me that they find study

with me videos to be really helpful when

they're studying if you haven't tried

them you can check out some of mine up

my strive studies channel

my third tip is to change our study

style for different subjects some

classes require a lot of memorization

while other classes require a lot of

applications so for example classes like

anatomy and pharmacology require a lot

of memorization while a class like

general chemistry and math require a lot

of application so for classes that

require memorization I've made a video

in the past about how to best memorize

and I'll link that video up here and

stay tuned because I'm looking to update

that video in the future for application

heavy constants like chemistry or

calculus the best way to improve your

grade is to keep doing practice

questions this memorization can only get

you so far my fourth tip is to study in

groups and avoid stressful people one of

my fondest memories in the medical

school is studying groups it was like a

security blanket because we were able to

compare notes help each other with

concepts problems from practice

questions and things like that the key

to having a productive group is making

sure that everyone is on the same page

and with that said there are some people

that you may want to avoid if you're

studying with someone that you're close

friends with after a while it may be

hard to stay on track because you may

end up distracting each other so the

best way to go about this is going back

up to my first tip which is having a

plan schedule one to meet up and what

topics we'll cover and once you're done

with that you can either go back to

studying separately or move on to other

classes to cover I personally like to

avoid people who stressed me out

especially during exams and this might

mean having some quiet time to yourself

before exams instead of joining in on

the conversation about what you know or

don't know what you think is gonna be on

the exam I think anxiety can definitely

play a big role in how people do an exam

so it's best to avoid people who stress

you out and stay as calm as possible

before taking your exam finally my last

tip is to make sure to get enough rest

sometimes all-nighters can seem like

it's appealing but again going back to

my first tip if you're planning and

prioritizing there's really no need for

all-nighters sleeping should be a

priority several studies have shown that

sleep is required for consolidation of

memory and without it it's harder to

absorb and recall information I've

talked about the importance of sleep in

a previous video which I will link up

here but really quickly the lack of

sleep comes with a lot of negative


winces and learning like decreasing the

attention span memory loss and the

ability to concentrate so please make

sure to take care of yourselves and get

enough sleep so that's all the tips I

have today on how to best study for

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