Today as I was idly procrastinating from doing anything at all educational, I found myself looking around the stats section of my Brainscape account, and found something a little exciting/incredibly sad (depending on your point of view) – since starting medical school, I’ve made over 13,000 flashcards, and revised them over 53,000 times! Hurray! *makes note to get a life*
For all those not familiar with what is depressingly my most visited website, Brainscape is a platform which lets you convert your carefully crafted revision notes into flashcards form, in order to give you that “write, cover, check” experience you could only dream of with pen and paper.
The best part is – and get ready for this – there’s an iPhone/iPad app which means you can take your revision resources with you wherever you like. On the train and suddenly realise you don’t remember the blood supply to the groin? Simply whip out your appliance of choice and avoid eye contact with your fellow passengers.
In all seriousness, it has really helped me ingest the huge volume of material we get thrown at us, and I would wholly recommend it or something like it for your revision – “Anki” is another great site which does much of the same stuff.
If you’re in the first two years of Leicester Medical School you’ll even have a handy free iPad you can download the app on, which means there isn’t really much of an excuse to not spend your free evenings muttering expletives under your breath as you get the same card wrong for the 50th time.
If any current medical students at Leicester fancy a peruse of 5 semesters worth of medical flashing, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line and I’d be happy to share what I have with you. I really put blood, sweat and tears into these flashcards (no seriously, you can revise all three), so it would be a shame not to share the love.
That’s about it for now – I’m off to the library to do some.. Well, you can probably guess. Until next time!