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    The Perfect 8 Step Study Cycle

    It’s no secret that we love sharing study hacks with you. The MedStudy Method details techniques like retrieval practice, interleaving, and spaced repetition. But, how do you put this science into practice?

    This 8 step study cycle is all founded on proven learning science. You’ll have active study time, spend sufficient time learning new material, and then self-test. And, we’ve made sure to include a break for you!

    Below is a 2-hour sample study cycle that uses the MedStudy Method. Test these 8 steps out during your next study sesh! 

    Step 1: Practice Spaced Retrieval (20 minutes)

    Lady studying from her laptop with coffee Use MedStudy Q&As during the practice spaced retrieval step 

    Here’s how to do spaced retrieval: Repeat the same Q&As (while constantly practicing recall) at least 3 times, with progressively longer intervals of time between sessions. Each time, the information you’re trying to learn becomes more durable and more easily retrieved. 

    For this study session, use your first 20 minutes to preview material you haven’t studied yet, by using:

    These resources prompt you to retrieve information from memory, which helps you consolidate learning and identify knowledge gaps.

    Step 2: Access new material (20 minutes)

    Woman reading new material from the Core next to a fire placeRead new material in the MedStudy Core during the 'Study' phase

    During the next 20 minutes, study new material. Read a new section of the Core, listen to a new section of the Audio Pearls, or view a new topic in the Video Board Review. You can jot down notes or questions as you engage with the material. 

    Step 3: Stop reviewing and recall what you know (10 minutes)

    Person writing out a concept map. Try writing out a concept map during the recall what you know step 

    At this point, you can write notes, outline ideas, and create concept maps, but don’t refer to the text while you set pen to paper. This activity will help you practice retrieving information and consolidate your knowledge.

    Step 4: Create resources for further study (5 minutes)

    @catek623 takes notes and goes over them.@catek623 takes notes while reading through the Pediatrics Core 

    Note any gaps in your knowledge that emerged in steps 1–3. You can develop a list of questions you’re likely to be asked, identify content you’ll need to know—figure out your own strategy for remembering this content. 

    Step 5: Take a break (10 minutes)

    Core sitting beside a bed. Set the Core aside and take a break during the break step

    Move, eat a snack, or take a power nap

    Step 6: Return to learning a different topic area (35 minutes) 

    Man studies from the Core Highlights in the Core while repeating steps 2—4

    Repeat steps 2–4. This puts interleaving into practice.

    Step 7: Self-test previously studied material with Flashcards or Q&A Premium (20 minutes)

    @beingdrb studies flashcards while eating dessert! @beingdrb studies MedStudy's Pediatrics Flashcards 

    After your testing session... You're done! You've made it. Pat yourself on the back.

    The next time you study, begin again at step 1 of the study cycle. As you work your way through the topics you'll need to cover, there will be progressively more review and less new material.

    How is your typical study session structured? Let us know! And if you’re looking for even more brain-hacking techniques to help you study strong, check out our StudyWise Guide

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