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Succinct, Minor Nuances - Not For Me
on May 7, 2014
My Background - 1st year medical student 3wk microbiology/immunology class
Content - These are great because there's a lot of content, but not so great because... there is a lot of content haha. I do enjoy having these exceptionally thorough cards because I am *sure* I will not have time to consistently make my own extensive flashcards or notes during this 3 week block/class/theme... It's simply information overload for such a short period of time. Like science on crack. Anyway, I digress.
Each organism (or virus) has an image and a clinical case on the front. The back of the cards have the clinical representation, pathobiology, Dx, treatment, quick facts, and "study tips".
My nuances are 1) they could have punched holes in these and provided a ring or at least organized the content on the cards in a way that users could have punched a hole in each card themselves. -These are easy to lose. 2) a table of contents would have been lovely. Yes, I know there is an index in the back, but a table of content would have just made my life easier.
ULTIMATELY... I know I stated a lot of positive things above... but... if you have difficulty paying attention these cards are not for you. It's TOO much info on a single card and it always felt overwhelming studying them. I used them for some of the gram positives, then I was just like FI and used another resource. I mean micro is rough no matter regardless of the resource, but these cards just brought that brutality & misery to life. I'd look at this stack of 150-200 cards and think 'damn... I'm supposed to learn alllllll of that in the next 2 weeks' and then I'd become a little anxious lol. Scenario: professor A has 100 slides each with minimal info that goes big picture to little picture vs professor B that has 15 jam packed slides - no bullets, font size 12 (on a PPT slide). If you prefer professor A's organization do not utilize these. I ended up using Picmonic for the bulk of the material and cards for the material that was not covered.
I'll update this if I decide to use these to study during step 1. I figure by then it won't be as intimidating.