Some of my study aids:
- I have a bundle of colored highlighters, I use different colors for different things (blue for exam, yellow for important, pink for 'needs clarification', olive for 'research'. What I am starting now is separating systems by color and use the same colors for drugs ie. red for cardiovascular system and nitroglycerin)
- Apps: Flashcards, StudyBlue, gFlash+, MedLabTutor, MedAbbr, UMMS Medical Reference, Micromedex, iTriage, MPR, 3D Musculoskeletal Quiz & 3D Body Systems Quiz, NCLEX Qbank, NCLEX Q&A - 6 of those. There are others I haven't used yet CliniCalc, Qx Calculate, Stedman's Med Term Q&A, Silvestri Lite (Saunders NCLEX-RN Exam Lite Mobile Q's)... etc. I am sure I will pare these down once I find the ones that suit me but I figure they're worth sharing (for those with iDevices, I am just getting Android devices now).
- I have two small 21.6cm x 17.5cm notebooks. I do all of my chapter exercises in those, I hand-write tables in the front of them then fill them with the exercises back to front. It's old school since I re-do it all digitally but I am a real kinesthetic learner.
- As implied above, I am working on bricks of flash cards. I hope it will help my memorization and association as it has in the past but I am a 'returning student' so it's all working and hoping at this point.
- I skim chapters, then go back and read and annotate. I'm not big on writing in books (can't seem to get into the habit) so going digital has REALLY helped! I also loaded all of the online resources available that correspond with my books. I am sure I will get more once I actually start school but for now I am just getting acquainted with the introductory chapters and what is available depending on the publisher.
There's more but I hope someone finds a little of this useful!