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    how to organized with sooooo much info,books
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    6.1.3. Ten Smart and Time Effective Tips

    10 Tips to Study Smart and Save Time

    I recently got my marks back from University. My grade point average was a 4.2 out of a possible 4.5, resting between an A and a perfect A+. In itself, this isn?t an incredible achievement. But I managed to do this while spending only a fraction of the time studying than many of the people I knew.
    Is it just natural talent? Perhaps. I?ve always had a knack for understanding concepts and learning new ideas. But I also believe the way I learned the information played a role. Instead of cramming last minute or memorizing details, I try to organize information in a way that makes it easier to recall.
    This strategy of organization I label holistic learning. Holistic learning is simply the process of organizing information into webs, that interconnect ideas. Instead of forcing ideas into your skull, you focus on the relationships between information. Linking ideas together to see the whole, instead of just the parts.

    Building an Understanding
    Learning is a process similar to building a house. You aren?t fed the complete picture. Limitations on communication prevent the instantaneous transmission of knowledge. Instead you listen to lectures, read textbooks and take painstaking notes to try and comprehend a subject.
    You are fed building supplies, bricks, mortar and glass. It is up to you to assemble the building. Unfortunately, most learning strategies fall into two basic types:

    1. Memorization ? Instead of building anything you simply stare at each brick for several minutes trying to record its position.
    2. Formulas ? This is the equivalent to being blind, fumbling around a new house. You can?t see the building itself but you learn to come up with simple rules to avoid walking into walls.

    There is nothing particularly wrong with either of these strategies, assuming they aren?t your entire strategy. The human brain isn?t a computer so it can?t memorize infinite sums of knowledge without some form of structure. And formulas no longer work if the questions they are designed to solve change scope.
    Learning Holistically
    The alternative strategy is to focus on actually using the information you have to build something. This involves linking concepts together and compressing information so it fits in the bigger picture. Here are some ideas to get started:

    1. Metaphor ? Metaphors can allow you to quickly organize information by comparing a complex idea to a simple one. When you find relationships between information, come up with analogies to increase your understanding. Compare neurons with waves on a string. Make metaphors comparing parts of a brain with sections of your computer.
    2. Use All Your Senses - Abstract ideas are difficult to memorize because they are far removed from our senses. Shift them closer by coming up with vivid pictures, feelings and images that relate information together. When I learned how to do a determinant of a matrix, I remembered the pattern by visualizing my hands moving through the numbers, one adding and one subtracting.
    3. Teach It - Find someone who doesn?t understand the topic and teach it to them. This exercise forces you to organize. Spending five minutes explaining a concept can save you an hour of combined studying for the same effect.
    4. Leave No Islands ? When you read through a textbook, every piece of information should connect with something else you have learned. Fast learners do this automatically, but if you leave islands of information, you won?t be able to reach them during a test.
    5. Test Your Mobility - A good way to know you haven?t linked enough is that you can?t move between concepts. Open up a word document and start explaining the subject you are working with. If you can?t jump between sections, referencing one idea to help explain another, you won?t be able to think through the connections during a test.
    6. Find Patterns ? Look for patterns in information. Information becomes easier to organize if you can identify broader patterns that are similar across different topics. The way a neuron fires has similarities to ?if? statements in programming languages.
    7. Build a Large Foundation - Reading lots and having a general understanding of many topics gives you a lot more flexibility in finding patterns and metaphors in new topics. The more you already know, the easier it is to learn.
    8. Don?t Force - I don?t spend much time studying before exams. Forcing information during the last few days is incredibly inefficient. Instead try to slowly interlink ideas as they come to you so studying becomes a quick recap rather than a first attempt at learning.
    9. Build Models ? Models are simple concepts that aren?t true by themselves, but are useful for describing abstract ideas. Crystallizing one particular mental image or experience can create a model you can reference when trying to understand. When I was trying to tackle the concept of subspaces, I visualized a blue background with a red plane going through it. This isn?t an entirely accurate representation of what a subspace is, but it created a workable image for future ideas.
    10. Learning is in Your Head ? Having beautiful notes and a perfectly highlighted textbook doesn?t matter if you don?t understand the information in it. Your only goal is to understand the information so it will stick with you for assignments, tests and life. Don?t be afraid to get messy when scrawling out ideas on paper and connecting them in your head. Use notes and books as a medium for learning rather than an end result.


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    Thank you so much for all this Rizwan. Allah will reward you for this
    would this be any different for skzmdc students or Fatima Jinnah students as they aren't affiliated with UHS?
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    anybody have past mbbs papers so we can see the pattern?????????
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    My Plan for Starting Medical Studies

    Quote Originally Posted by h.a. View Post
    how to organized with sooooo much info,books
    This is what I have thought of so far:

    1. Read the introductions to every subject.

    2. Then come to Starting with the Basics section and read and memorize basic Medical terminologies (link b), then read anatomy and physiology and Human Physiology books along with concepts of Biochemistry book only to understand the subjects.

    3. On getting an idea of all the subjects and the basics, come to the recommended books in the syllabuses and start with the books stated in both UHS and HEC syllabus. UHS and PMDC syllabuses are same, just books are stated in UHS syllabus. The common books come out to be:
    a. Anatomy:
    i. Gray's Anatomy, 39th Edition (I recommend buying Gray's basic anatomy because it'll cover essential information only)
    ii. Cunnings manuals of Practical anatomy (start with the 3rd volume, because it's available and study only those regions in Gray's Anatomy)
    iii. Clinical Anatomy by Snell (only those regions stated in Cunnings Manual ...Vol 3)

    b. Physiology
    i. Textbook of physiology by Gyton
    ii. Review of Physiology by Ganong
    iii. NMS physiology (I recommend starting with this)

    c. Biochemistry:
    Lippincott's Illustrative Biochemistry (definite read)

    This is what I plan to do till start of classes in December
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghani1992 View Post
    Thank you so much for all this Rizwan. Allah will reward you for this
    would this be any different for skzmdc students or Fatima Jinnah students as they aren't affiliated with UHS?
    I don't know about that, but I suggest starting with the books common in both HEC and UHS, which I have stated in the above post. Because these are the basics books being taught for past years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h.a. View Post
    anybody have past mbbs papers so we can see the pattern?????????
    I'm still searching for those.
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    6.2 and 6.3 Studying Effectively

    6.2. PDF:
    (though old, still relevant)

    6.3. Book: Success Types in Medical education
    This book will help you decide which studying strategy will suit you.

    ONLINE PDF Version:

    Downloadable free version from official website:




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    Quote Originally Posted by rizwan94 View Post
    This is what I have thought of so far:

    1. Read the introductions to every subject.

    2. Then come to Starting with the Basics section and read and memorize basic Medical terminologies (link b), then read anatomy and physiology and Human Physiology books along with concepts of Biochemistry book only to understand the subjects.

    3. On getting an idea of all the subjects and the basics, come to the recommended books in the syllabuses and start with the books stated in both UHS and HEC syllabus. UHS and PMDC syllabuses are same, just books are stated in UHS syllabus. The common books come out to be:
    a. Anatomy:
    i. Gray's Anatomy, 39th Edition (I recommend buying Gray's basic anatomy because it'll cover essential information only)
    ii. Cunnings manuals of Practical anatomy (start with the 3rd volume, because it's available and study only those regions in Gray's Anatomy)
    iii. Clinical Anatomy by Snell (only those regions stated in Cunnings Manual ...Vol 3)

    b. Physiology
    i. Textbook of physiology by Gyton
    ii. Review of Physiology by Ganong
    iii. NMS physiology (I recommend starting with this)

    c. Biochemistry:
    Lippincott's Illustrative Biochemistry (definite read)

    This is what I plan to do till start of classes in December
    thanx buddy i will definately follow this patren
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    check this for paper pattern and
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    Thanks Rizwan for such valuable info. Although i have not read it yet but i will request the admins of this website not to remove this thread Because it will be very helpful for us STARTERS
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    Quote Originally Posted by rizwan94 View Post
    According to UHS syllabus breakdown, we have to study 6 subjects which I listed, and we have to cover these in two parts (part i and part ii). So, 6 subjects to be studied in both parts. There breakdown is given in UHS syllabus part 1 and then second half in part 2, you'll have to open that link see it.
    Is this what you were asking?
    What about Islamiat and Pakistan studies, any idea?
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    A very resourceful thread, Rizwan. I'm sure the freshmen will be more than grateful for what you're doing here.
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    'Good judgement' comes from 'Experience', and a lot of that comes from 'Bad judgement'.
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    plz answer cant u do all the course from firdous(book)
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    Excellent work Rizwan.May Allah bless you with prosperous and successful life.Ameen

    Superb
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    for a few days i was thinking to familiarise myself with the mbbs syllabus and the approach to surviving it etc since there is so much time before the merit list is announced and the commencement of classes. so i really appreciate your effort to make this thread. .. MAY ALLAH bless you
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    Rizwan94, what an amazing amount of work you have put into collecting, interpreting, and organizing all this information for everyone else to benefit from!

    Thank you so much for your dedication to this site and its members. You are doing such a great service to everyone here and I wanted to say I really appreciate your initiative and hard work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nouman... View Post
    What about Islamiat and Pakistan studies, any idea?
    We are required to study Islamiat and Pakistan studies in 2nd semester (part ii) of 1st year. The books and topics are stated in the UHS part ii link. Here's the course outline given by UHS:

    A. ISLAMIAT
    1. Fundamental Beliefs and Practices of Islam.
    Tauheed (Unity of Allah), Risalat (Finality of the Prophet hood), Akhirat (Day of
    Judgement).
    Salat, Soum, Zakat, Hajj and Jehad
    2. Need of Religion and its role in human life.
    3. Morality in Islam.
    Concept of morality.
    Concept of morality and Faith.
    Islamic principles and methods of character – building.
    Moral values in Islam.
    4. Rights of the individual in Islam.
    5. Quran as a guide for the modern society and scientific development.
    6. Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him) and his life.
    7. Islamic concept of state.
    8. Islam and society.
    Role of man and women in society.
    Rights of women children in Islam.
    Concept of woman’s freedom in Islam.
    Hukook-ul-Ibad.
    9. Importance of Rizk-e-Hilal.
    10. Contribution of Islamic scholars in science and medicine.

    RECOMMENDED BOOKS
    1. Introduction to Islam by Dr. Hamidullah.
    2. Islam : Its meaning and message by Khurshid Ahmad.

    B. PAKISTAN STUDIES
    1. Ideology of Pakistan.
    Definition and elucidation.
    Historical aspect.
    Ideology of Pakistan in the light of speeches and sayings of Allama Iqbal and Quaide-
    Azam.
    2. Pakistan Movement.
    Basis for the creation of Pakistan.
    Historical developments : 1857-1947
    3. Political Developments in Pakistan since 1947.
    4. Land and People of Pakistan.
    Geography.
    Society.
    Culture.
    Natural resources.
    Health and education with reference to characteristics trends and problems.
    RECOMMENDED BOOKS
    1. Ideological Orientations of Pakistan by Sharif Al Mujahid.
    2. Struggle for Pakistan by I.H. Qureshi.
    3. The Making of Pakistan by Richard Symond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halooo View Post
    plz answer cant u do all the course from firdous(book)
    Sorry, I dont' know about the firdous book. Could you share some information on that? I just picked the books recommended in the UHS and HEC M.B.B.S. syllabus outlines.
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    Now I'm making a plan on how to start medical studies using all this material. I'll try posting it at around 9-9.30pm today.
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