study skills


January 31, 2020

Studying for the USMLE Step 1: Schedule Your Training for the Big Event

Contributing Author

Athletes, especially ones who have never run a marathon, will create a training schedule to prepare them for the big event. This schedule does not mean that they run the full marathon every week training, but rather they train in shorter intervals that will gradually increase in difficulty up until the actual event. Creating a…


January 13, 2020

Don’t Sprint the USMLE Step 1

Contributing Author

What exactly am I training myself for? It’s January of your M2 year. The first semester flew by almost as fast as Christmas break did, and you’re approaching the halfway point in your medical school career. In the back of your mind you may have been thinking about it as the test-that-shall-not-be-named (cue dramatic music…


October 2, 2017

The Study Schedule: Your Plan to Defeat Procrastination

Marybeth Norcross

We have arrived at that point in the semester when students are looking stressed, and are scrambling to catch up with their workload. Many find themselves losing the battle with procrastination, and end up cramming right before an important exam. Their performance is off, and they can’t catch  their breath. Create a Study Schedule Creating…


February 27, 2017

Record Audio Study Notes

Marybeth Norcross

Everyone knows someone can see a movie or listen to an album once  and then recite the dialogue or lyrics from memory. Auditory or Aural learners prefer to learn information by listening, rather than reading. One helpful way to study is to consolidate and summarize information, then record the summaries and listen to them. This…


October 17, 2016

3-Step Study Groups

Ashley Phillips

Have you ever seen those products that advertise a “quick, new way” to get something done? Maybe it’s a new cooking tool or lawn care item. It seems life-changing in the ad, but when you get it home it’s a lot of random parts and some vague diagrams. Good luck putting it together! Study groups…


September 19, 2016

Reflect: How are you doing?

Marybeth Norcross

At this point, most students are about halfway to mid-term exams, making it a good time to look at how the semester is going. How is your academic performance? Have you set yourself up for success? What about your study skills and test scores? If you aren’t where you hoped to be, it’s probably a…


August 29, 2016

Step Up Your Study Skills

Marybeth Norcross

Good study skills are a requirement for student success. Even if you’ve never had to study much before, you will need strong study habits to meet the rigorous requirements at UAMS. Don’t wait until you are falling behind to step up your study skills. Take control and start now. Step Up Your Preparation Stepping up…


July 4, 2016

Board Prep with BoardVitals

Marybeth Norcross

UAMS students preparing for USMLE, NCLEX, and NDBE exams have access to BoardVitals, a high-quality, effective, and powerful board prep tool available through the UAMS Library. Effective June 30th, the Library is adding new test banks, including PANCE, NAPLEX, Dental Hygiene, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Nursing exams, including Psychiatric-Mental Health NP, Critical Care Nursing,…


March 14, 2016

Online Flashcards with Flippity.net

Marybeth Norcross

Every student knows that there are some things in every class that you simply have to memorize and keep at the front of your mind. Although flashcards are an old fashioned idea, they are still one of the best methods for memorizing information, and technology has given them a new look and feel. One easy…