Making study manageable

Knowledge is not generic - how and what is remembered will vary depending on context.  A lab prosector will approach anatomy differently to an artist or doctor.  A neurosurgeon has a different understanding of anatomy to a neurologist.  Anatomy tested in exams may not be adequate for anatomy required at the bedside.

General tips on acquiring information:

Take note of but do not place blind faith in what your peers are studying or what study resources (on-line or class based) the university offers you, not all of it may either be important or relevant to your exams or future practice.

Specific advice on approaching each week

Follow the classic SQR3 methodology - Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review


Things to have on hand Briefly review the context of the PBL case from a clinical medicine resource e.g. epidemiology, major symptoms and signs, diagnostic criteria, complications, specific tests and general principles of treatment

Ideally you should pre-read material prior to the first tutorial or lecture of the week.  Information that is delivered is much easier to interpret, digest and remember and saves time trying to re-interpret illegible or confusing notes later.

Question and Read



"It is much simpler to buy books than to read them and easier to read them than to absorb their contents."
Sir William Osler