Hi there, gettingsexyandfit!
Ah, sounds like classic first year med school. And it is HARD. I feel you, girl.
Medicine is all about the big picture. Nail down the general concepts first, most likely your learning objectives. I know that you’ve checked out this post, so if anything there tickles your fancy, do try it out! :) Also, know your learning style!
- If you are a visual learner: Make compare and contrast tables when two diseases or concepts are too similar and you need to differentiate them. Make flowcharts. Draw pictures!
- If you are auditory: make up songs or rhymes, listen to podcasts or youtube videos on the topics you’re trying to learn. I talk to my Iron Man action figure! But you know, significant others, family members, and friends totally work ;)
- If you are kinesthetic: use objects at home to help you recreate what you’re trying to learn (post-it notes or toys for enzymes or organs)!
- If you are not required to submit things like chapter summaries or assignments that are designed to check whether you are reading your textbooks, I would opt for videos, podcasts, and study guides. They help you nail down the basic foundation knowledge. Once you have that, you can go back to textbooks for details and further explanation of the basics as well as how to elaborate on the basics.
I also can’t stress enough the importance of asking for help: study groups, emailing professors for help, or just one really good study buddy. Take care of yourself as well!
I promise that you’re going to be okay :)