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Study Skills, MCAT, USMLE, & NCLEX

A guide to KUMC resources for improving study skills, studying for the MCAT, USMLE step exams, and NCLEX

Study Skills

"Many students think that being a good student means just showing up for classes, taking notes, reading textbooks, and studying right before the tests. However, learning, like many other activities, involves a complex set of skills that require practice!"

-Penn State, Academic Success

Taking Notes

Effective Note Taking from KUMC's Student Counseling and Educational Support Services

Taking Lecture and Class Notes from Dartmouth College's Academic Skills Center

Note Taking Techniques from Tips and Strategies

Note Taking Systems from Cal Poly's Academic Skills Center

Note Taking Tips from Cal Poly's Academic Skills Center

Memorization Tips

Memory Techniques - KU Academic Achievement and Access Center

Memory Techniques for Med School

Memorization Techniques - University of Utah School of Medicine

20 Memorization Techniques for College Students

"I once came up with a metaphor I thought perfectly captured the sheer mass of material my classmates and I were expected to memorize in our first two years of medical school:  it was like being asked to enter a grocery store and memorize the names of every product in the store, their number and location, every ingredient in every product in the order in which they appear on the food label, and then to do the same thing in every grocery store in the city." - SHCS

Organization and Time Management

Time Management Skills from KU School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs

Time Management Guidelines from KU Medical Center's Student Counseling and Education Support Services

Managing Your Time from The University of Kansas Medical Center's eLearning Office

Stress Management from the Mayo Clinic

Neutralizing Stress from

Mobile Apps to Help You Study

Check out these handy apps that will help you study and keep you organized.

Audio to Help You Study

Other Useful KUMC Guides

Prepare for Battle!

"Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable" 
- George S. Patton

"Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow"
- Richard Baxter

"Good thought can be imbibed by reading and studying good books and by contemplating on them"
- Yajur Veda

Have a great quote that you think other students could benefit from? Let us know in the comments section on this LibGuide!