Hey, blooded-dreams! I study + take notes in a ton of different ways because I often get bored of sticking to a single method. Studying online is usually my last resort (though I am a huge fan of quizlet for memorization and recall), usually just because I find ways to get distracted (even with self control).
The subjects I study most for are my science classes since they are giving me all the info I’ll use as a doctor. My professors use powerpoints in class and usually post them before class, so during class I will write in the “notes” section of the powerpoint anything the professor says that isn’t all the slides. When class is over, I go back and take more comprehensive notes in a notebook. My notes are color coded, as well. The colors don’t stand for anything themselves (i.e. important dates, important figures, etc), but I will just write about one specific subject in one color and another the in the next color. For example, if I’m talking about different types of receptors, I will make everything about tactile receptors red, baroreceptors green, chemoreceptors purple, etc. Since a lot of anatomy is about comparison, if I see a question on a test asking which receptors recognize touch, pressure, and vibration, I’ll remember that it is tactile receptors because I remember that it was red! This works for me and not everyone, so I’ll tell you a few other ways I take study + take notes.
Like I said, quizlet helps me a lot! But I do prefer to hand write when I study, because it makes me stop and think about what I’m writing and gives me the opportunity to put things into my own words. For this reason, I employ the use of the old fashioned 3x5 notecard. They’re great for active recall.
Another great way to study is by using a whiteboard. I love doing this because it gives me a limited amount of space to fill up everything I can about one subject or chapter. I also tend to talk to myself or whoever I’m with while I’m doing this about the subject, trying to say out loud what I’m writing, and say it in my own words. You’d never guess how much just hearing things in your own voice will help you remember!
Also, try to study in different locations. If you’re always at your desk, its hard to stay motivated and on task. Sometimes I’ll study in my room, at my dining room table, in the library, or in other buildings on campus. This also helps when it comes to test time because I’ll remember “Hey! I studied anastomoses when I was in the library on Sunday” and even that thought can bring back a rush of things you might have forgotten otherwise!
Finally, I stay motivated by always working toward my future. I’m SO excited to become a physical therapist (and honestly, kind of terrified). You have to remember that every day of hard work you put in now is going to make the days ahead easier. Work hard to better yourself! Education is AMAZING and unfortunately, it’s not something that everyone is able to get. Whether you’re in high school, college, or just learning outside of school, be thankful for the ability to learn! It’s awesome! Look forward to your future and let that be your motivation!