Mar 15, 2016
Candidates put all the efforts in preparing for the medical PG exam. They even give adequate amount of time for study but all their effort is destined to fail if they’re not good at making study notes. This makes one think whether it is important for doctors to know about taking notes. There is a very good reason why it is important.
Medical PG entrance exam preparation involves learning and revising thousands of topics. Their subjects are really vast and they have much more to remember than most other competitive exams.
Hence making notes of difficult topics and topics that you tend to remember is really important. So that you don’t need to go through every topic again when you start revising.
Also Read: Most effective study plan for PG entrance exams.
Below given are the tips compiled after analysing different note making patterns followed by the medical PG toppers.
This is the usual way of taking notes with headings, subheadings and bullets. This method is everywhere like text books and guides. This is not good for personal notes as it becomes ‘copy and paste’. It doesn’t organise contents for your memory with meaning. Also keep this in mind that you avoid ‘copy and paste’ at all times.
Make sure that you have hot word column on the left, points on the right and a box for summary at the bottom. Personalise the summary with your own words. This reworded summary of the topic will help you consume better during revision.
When you use your own words it encourages active thinking, better understanding and high retention which is most important for retaining things. So read and understand a topic and then try explaining it in your own words in your notes, you may also write your mother tongue in between.
Try and make hot words and questions from a topic. Later, create a summary. Then try to answer the questions. This is the most effective revision method known. These questions also play a similar part in better learning.
Using abbreviations helps to keep the notes brief. Learn more and more abbreviations to bring down the time elapsed.
Use separate notebooks for each subject. E.g. Anatomy, Microbiology, Anaesthesia etc. Or use File dividers to separate topics.
This is a key goal of note taking. Sometimes medics take notes to ‘learn later’. This is procrastination and it often doesn’t happen. Hence you have to have time for your revision. There is no compromise on this. It is easier to score high with this approach.
You need at least 3 revisions to get a good rank in PG entrance exams. And to make those revisions effective and fast you need high yield notes.
If you use these tips during preparation, they'll prove to be hugely beneficial while revising.
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