Since the subjects and the subject matter studied in MBBS is entirely different from the intermediate level. Students at the beginning may feel difficulty studying as the topics and terminologies are completely new to them. But as you go on and with keen interest, it will eventually be interesting and fun to learn. Consulting the seniors will have very valuable role. Through out the 1st 2 years of MBBS you should follow these guidelines and tips.
Attend classes regularly: Missing the classes means missing several important points, experiences and tips that teachers share in their lectures. They are seldom found in any books. Moreover, one who misses the class will not be well acquainted with the topic and probable questions that may be asked.
Know the lesson plan: Go through the topic beforehand to have a rough idea. This will help you to pick up what the teacher is mentioning in his lectures easily. You can do this only when you know the lesson plan.
Be keen to learn: You must have a keen interest to go through a medical dictionary whenever you find a new medical terminology. This will help you a lot in understanding different topics.
Regular studies: Study regularly 4-6 hours a day even when there are no exams arriving. In this time, you should concentrate in making notes, highlighting important texts in book, creating mnemonics and every other things that can be done to make studying easier for future. You can take a break on a friday or saturday night but utilize the morning for studies as brain has higher ability to catch things then.
Increase your study speed and writing speed.
Revise frequently: First time when you read a topic, it may take you an hour. The second reading may take you 45 minutes and you’ll notice that the third reading won’t take you more than half an hour.
Discuss subject matter and questions with your friends and recall.
Make a habit of making notes and charts of important units, standard values and formulas and stick it in front of your study table or wall of your room.
Free yourself from stress between your classes and study time by listening to music, playing games or going out.
Choose your study time according to your control over sleep. Are you an owl or a early bird? In MBBS life, it doesn’t matter till you can study. I couldn’t wake up timely in the morning so I used to sleep late at night.
Besides textbook, studying from reference books helps a lot. Make a habit of comparing things while studying. Example: Differences are easier to remember
Study plan according to the subject:
- Start with anatomy to know about normal human structures.
- Then physiology to understand body mechanisms and adaptations.
- Then pathology to know about the diseases.
- Then go for pharmacology for the treatment of the diseases.
- Then microbiology and biochemistry should also go hand in hand.
Anatomy Study Tips:
- Refer Atlas
- Create Mnemonics
- Practice figures
- Creating algorithms
- Studying organ models and bones
- Frequent revision
- Study plan on Anatomy
Physiology Study Tips:
- Read, understand and understand
Pathology Study Tips:
- Follow standard textbook like Robbins and create short notes.
- “Illustrated Pathology” and “Harshmohan” can help you in drawing gross and microscopic features.
Pharmacology Study Tips:
- Mug up the classification of drugs
- Understand the mechanism of actions
- Create mnemonics
- Practice reasoning questions
- Detail plan on studying pharmacology
Microbiology Study Tips:
- Create a pattern for writing lab diagnosis (eg. Specimen, Microscopy, Culture, Antibiotic sensitivity, etc)
- Understand classes of organisms
- Learn lab procedures
Biochemistry Study Tips:
- Practice diagrams of metabolism and cycles
- Create mnemonics
At the same time, don’t feel ashamed of going through guides and past questions ans they are equally important from exam point of view (passing the examinations). If you have any more study tips please comment and feel free to share your experiences.