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Please how do I make my medical studies organizing and as well be consistent in it?

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Bryan’s Answer

Studying is a skill and it gets better the more you practice.
Here are a few factors and tips to take into consideration when planning your study behaviors.

When you study:
Make a habit of studying at the same time, and for the same amount of time, preferably every day. This routine will train your brain to perform better. Pick a time that you will be well rested and not hungry. You may certainly allow for snacks, or beverage breaks, but don't over do it. Take breaks when you need them and switch topics every hour or two. Studies indicate improved performance from frequent breaks and alternating subject materials. If you start to get tired or your mind wanders, it's time to take a break and focus on something else for a few minutes. When you're ready to start studying again focus on a new subject or different aspect of the original subject.

Where you study:
Your study area should be clean, well lit, and comfortable. Avoid places that are dim, too hot or too cold. A neutral environment allows you to absorb yourself in the material you are studying without your surroundings interfering.
Look for places that minimize distractions, like libraries or private locations. Some people like to have background noise and some people prefer silence, whatever your preference is, integrate it into your study habits but don't let distractions ruin your focus.

How you prefer to study also plays a role:
Some people can learn effectively by reading a text book, some people need hands on experience (anatomy models, note taking, writing and solving equations... etc.), others prefer listening to lectures or watching tutorial videos. All of these can be helpful, focus on the ones that are most rewarding to you but don't neglect any of them, and if your stuck trying to understand a concept try using a different method.

Also, don't neglect study aids. Visual aids, queue cards, models, even the internet can all be fruitful study aids. They don't have to be expensive, and often creating them by hand can enhance your memory of the subject you're studying.
A caution on using the internet. While a very powerful research tool, do not allow yourself to get distracted and lose focus on something unrelated to the subject matter you are studying. It's very easy to waste hours on something random that pops up. Also, ensure the sources you are using to aid your studies are reputable. There are many websites that offer misleading or outright false information.

Who you study with:
You don't have to study alone. Often finding peers that are interested in the same subject matter can help add a social dynamic to studying and may include a helpful layer of accountability - you don't want to disappoint your study-buddy.
Group study sessions can offer a lot of view points and feedback. The group benefits from each individuals strengths and insights into the subject matter. Often, helping someone else understand can improve your own knowledge of a subject, you can try incorporating different exercises like everyone reads a chapter then explains it to the others in the group. Just don't forget to read the chapters for yourself.

When it comes to being organized and consistent, especially with medical studies, these underlying factors will significantly contribute to your success. Bets of wishes in your future endeavors!

Woo!! With the maxim which says that 'learning is a continuous process'. Incontrovertibly, I really learnt so much... ...these advices really fuelled my enthusiasm toward studies. Thank you so much sir! Ugochukwu O.

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Tuhina’s Answer

In addition to the other replies, you may also want to optimize how you learn and retain information you study. One trick I find very useful for memorizing/retaining information (and there's many studies on people of all ages finding this method useful), is to review it right before going to bed. If you go over the material one more time before bedtime, you'll find that you'll eventually be able to recall the information easier during the following day. This can be as simple as going over flash cards or a couple of diagrams before turning in for the night, and your brain will work on sorting through and storing the information as you sleep.

Wow!! Interesting... Will sure give it a try. Gracias! Ugochukwu O.

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Estelle’s Answer

Hello, Ugochukwu. Bryan give great advice. I would like to add that setting very specific goals always helped me stay organized a focused. I keep a list even today of short term and long term goals and check them off when completed. For example, I have the things that I want to accomplish today, another list for the week, and a third list for the year, for example. This helps you feel accomplished and reminds you that even when facing lots of work ahead, you have been making steady progress.
Good luck!

Noted!! Thanks ma'am Ugochukwu O.