Friday, August 12, 2016

Favorite PA School Study Hacks

Study Hacks

Disclaimer:  study aids and tips are great, but as we all know  - there is no replacement for what I call "butt in the chair" time - sit down, focused and get-to-it work effort.  That being said - here's a few tipss that helped me do just that.

FOCUS

Speaking of focusing - here's the #1 thing I love- that my daughter taught me-
Focus at Will

This scientifically studied, brain wave reinforcing, background with a timer helps you stay focused.

It has a phone app too.  Don't take my word for it - do the free 30 day trial.  It's truly awesome.  It reinforces and trains you to concentrate by inviting you to score each work session.
Everything is better with tomatoes, garlic and mozzarella cheese!

 

NOTE ORGANIZATION

Evernote allows me to take notes, download notes and review them effortlessly between my computer and my phone!  It doesn't get better than that - until I tell you it's FREE.

Love me some Evernote!

Here's an article on tips to maximize your paperless life with Evernote: Evernote blog post




FREE STYLE

note taking
One of the challenges that I experienced as a returning student in PA school, was finding my study style.  I dabbled and experimented with different outlines, powerpoints, notes, recordings, videos, flash cards, quizlets and more.  These are all great tools.
But I lost time in searching out what absolutely worked for me by constantly looking for a better tool or resource.  Part of this was about me searching for a better mousetrap and being a perfectionist - see my post on NOT being a perfectionist in PA school.

If you can come into the game of learning, knowing what works for your study strategy and teach yourself to ignore what others are doing - in other words - don't be distracted by other techniques that aren't optimal for your personal study style, then you are a big step ahead!

Find your style that works, and stick to it!

And if you are an auditory learner or have significant commute times, check out my post on PANCE review podcasts.