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    00:00 Nicole: We're gonna go ahead and get started.

    00:03 So this is Lecturio's student to student event, study advice from a third year medical student.

    00:09 And so of course, you all know me and know I'm not a third year medical student but we want to get started first and see where you are in your career.

    00:20 So the first poll we have, we're gonna start a poll first, before we do introductions, who are you? So if you can answer in the poll, not the chat, just so we'll have an idea of the audience who's here today.

    00:34 Give us a good idea, see where we are.

    00:41 Okay, let's see, we'll give it...

    00:44 Don't be shy, no one's gonna know, just gives us a good idea of everyone in the room, so we make sure that the conversation goes in the right direction.

    00:57 So okay, so looks like we have about 35% pre med, preclinical, okay.

    01:06 Great, well, welcome, welcome.

    01:09 So I am Nicole Shinn, and I am responsible for Lecturio's student engagement, So as always, you all are my favorites.

    01:20 So I will be your host today, and as I said earlier, this is student to student and so we have Shenika with us today, who's going to share her experiences, how she uses Lecturio, and answer any questions you may have basically for a peer to peer interaction.

    01:40 And so if there's anything you'd like to ask Shenika, she's happy to answer whatever she can answer, and so she will be our speaker today for our student to student presentation.

    01:53 So again, let's go ahead and start digging in so we have plenty of time.

    01:57 So what are we going to talk about today? Well, first, what is Lecturio? So just in case we have anyone who's in the room who's not a premium member, or even perhaps you're a premium member, but you haven't quite figured out how to use these resources, And then we're going to talk about Shenika's story, and what she does and how she's use Lecturio, study strategies that she'll share.

    02:22 And then of course, Q&A session.

    02:25 Now, this is all via chat, so if you have any questions, if you have, if you have any kind of tech issues, please put it in the chat.

    02:37 Please send them either publicly or to one of the Lecturio moderators in the room.

    02:44 If you send to me, I can't multitask and I won't going to answer fast enough.

    02:48 So if you can either send it directly to the public chat or to one of the moderators as we go through the presentation.

    02:56 So let's go ahead and let me do the second poll, which is, How familiar are you with Lecturio? So at least to get an idea.

    03:10 So if you have a premium membership, which is different than our free membership.

    03:17 So our free membership, you'll know, because you won't have access to all the resources.

    03:22 So, I can see we have some who have used it previously but not anymore, we definitely got to get you back on track with that.

    03:31 You watch videos on YouTube, well we're more than just YouTube, so you get to see that.

    03:38 And you're new to Lecturio, we always love that, we always love that.

    03:43 All right, so let's see.

    03:45 See just a few more that, don't be shy, let's see what we have here.

    03:52 So we have about 29% of the room, "I'm having premium membership".

    03:56 Okay, so good to know. Good to know.

    04:00 So first, let me just say really quickly about Lecturio's resources.

    04:06 So some of you have a premium membership, so again, we have so many resources to offer and Shenika is going to talk about some of those.

    04:16 But if you have a premium membership, and you have not gone through, and even let's say you haven't even logged in, we're always updating, as you know, and we have some really great things that we've done recently.

    04:30 So if you've noticed in our Q bank, we have adaptive review.

    04:34 And what that means is when you go into the Q bank now, after you get your results and your feedback, we have adaptive review, where we're going to go back and show you exactly where you had your deficits and you're going to specifically look at those video lessons where you got those incorrect questions.

    04:54 That's really important because we want to save time and we want to maximize time and part of how we do that is making sure that we're setting the things that we are a strong end.

    05:04 So our data review is fantastic, you have to try that.

    05:09 And then also our exam prep.

    05:11 So if you've noticed, we're always adding in new subject exam study plans.

    05:17 And so those study plans are there specifically to help with certain subjects.

    05:22 If you have a shelf exam, or just your knowledge base for that particular subject, those are always great.

    05:28 And don't forget, if you're new to Lecturio, one of the things is that when we add in new resources, we don't add more to the cost.

    05:37 So once you become a premium member, if we add 1000 questions, you get access to 1000 questions.

    05:44 We don't go back and say, "Hey, we may, you know, create 1000 questions, we need another 20 bucks" We don't do that.

    05:51 So know you'll always have access to all the resources that you need.

    05:55 And the reason why we have so many resources is because we want you to have access to what you specifically need.

    06:02 So if we only give you a few, and those few aren't relevant to you, then we can't help you.

    06:08 But if we give you a vast amount, you can select and have a personalized study plan that's going to help you personally throughout your, not only your medical career, but we have a lot of professionals, licensed professionals that use our resources just for reference.

    06:27 So know you're going to have access to everything you need.

    06:30 You don't necessarily need everything we offer, but we want you to have a choice.

    06:35 So with that being said, I'm going to turn it over to Shenika now and she's going to show you her story, her Lecturio story, how she uses Lecturio.

    06:45 And if you have any questions, please feel free to put them in the chat.

    06:48 And we'll try to answer the questions as we go.

    06:52 If not, we'll we will try to address them at the end in our Q&A.

    06:56 So Shenika, you have the floor, welcome.

    07:01 Shenika: Thank you, Nicole.

    07:02 Hi, everybody, it's nice to have a nice range of people in here.

    07:07 I noticed that it's mainly pre medical and pre clinical students with nursing and clinical students as well.

    07:13 So that's awesome, and all the advice we're going to talk about today can be applied at any stage in your education, so it's great that you're here.

    07:24 So my name is Shenika, I'm a third year medical student, I'm going to be starting my surgery rotation in September.

    07:30 So I have a little bit of experience when it comes to medical school in my medical journey so far, and there's so much more to come so I'm really excited.

    07:40 So a little bit about how I got involved and found Lecturio as a whole, my first semester in medical school, I was using the same study techniques that I use while I was pre-med, which was basically wait about a week before exams, get all my lectures and kind of do like wrote memorization of everything on slides, and usually that worked out to pass exams, Medical school, that does not work, you need to study every single day.

    08:09 Just reading slides doesn't really cut it anymore.

    08:12 You need to be able to kind of do a lot of memorization techniques, if it's either flashcards or practice questions and all that stuff.

    08:20 Well, I didn't do that and my first couple exams were a disaster, I failed them.

    08:25 So in talking with advisors and other students at school, I kind of came up with a study plan.

    08:33 And it first started basically with me going on to Google and kind of finding some type of program that was going to help me with like video lectures, flashcards, anything that could come up, and Lecturio's what I found when I kind of did a Google search.

    08:50 So I kind of dove in a little bit to see what Lecturio was all about.

    08:55 So this is the overarching theme of Lecturio basically, and everything they have and we're gonna dive into this a little bit deeper in our talk today, but they had the video lectures on specific topics that were high-yield, which is what I loved.

    09:11 They had like book matcher, where they match like the first e-book.

    09:16 They had practice questions, they had the 3d anatomy, I was taking anatomy my first semester, and they had review spaced repetition quizzes, which I love.

    09:27 So I went ahead got a premium membership off the bat.

    09:30 It was it was a one-stop shop for me and this is why I kind of like dived into it a little bit.

    09:38 So the first study strategy I want to talk about, it's called dual coding.

    09:43 And we have a poll question here to see how familiar you guys are with dual coding.

    09:55 Alright, just go ahead and try to answer some of the questions.

    09:58 For everyone saying no, I'll go ahead and explain that a little bit on the next couple of slides.

    10:04 "Yes, but I've not tried it", okay, so I can talk about how I implemented as well.

    10:11 And Alright, 80% of the audience has responded.

    10:14 So a lot of you guys don't know what dual coding and how to utilize this, so let me go in a little bit to talk about that.

    10:22 So what is dual coding? it's basically practicing simulation of information through verbal and nonverbal processes.

    10:30 So how this kind of works is when you're in lectures, you're listening to your professors talk and talk about the topic, and you're just sitting there digesting the information as best as you can.

    10:41 That is one form of processing information and getting it into your brain, but it's not the most effective.

    10:48 A lot of times you need to use verbal and nonverbal.

    10:51 Nonverbal can be looking at graphs, drawing diagrams, mnemonics, some cartoon pictures that kind of accumulate everything together.

    11:01 When you do both of those at the same time, it improves your memory of the information that you're learning, and it avoids cognitive overload and like information overload that can occur.

    11:16 So when you're listening to your professors, and you're kind of doing like these memory techniques, it really helps solidify the information that you're learning.

    11:26 So how I did it, I basically stopped going to live lectures.

    11:31 It's not for everybody.

    11:33 If you're in live lectures, there's different ways that you can kind of go about this, but for me, I always found recorded lectures the best.

    11:39 I would watch the recorded lectures, and I would pause a lot, because I wanted to make sure anytime there was a topic that was explained, I digested it fully.

    11:47 So I would listen to the professor speak, then I would go ahead and try to find like a mnemonic, a diagram, some cartoon image on Google or something like that, that's going to reinforce the information.

    11:58 and I would add that to my PowerPoints as well.

    12:00 So that way, I'm actively learning and I'm absorbing the information into processes versus one at the time that I'm introduced to the material so it sticks better.

    12:14 That that was huge, I still use it to this day and I highly recommend doing that way.

    12:20 If you're in a live lectures and it's required, what you can do is you can split your laptop screen so you'll be listening to the professor and your PowerPoints on one side of the screen.

    12:29 The other side, you can have Google opened up or Lecturio, you can be going over their concept cards, or finding their diagrams that they have explaining the topics.

    12:38 So that way you're you're processing the information, both verbal and nonverbal at the same time.

    12:43 Study groups are a great way of doing this as well, because I always had study groups on the weekends with my friends, I would have everybody is explaining one topic at a time so that way everyone comes prepared with something and you're listening to your friends explain material a different way.

    13:00 So you might understand something one way, but they're going to explain it completely different.

    13:04 They're going to have their own mnemonics, they're going to have their own diagrams to explain information.

    13:07 So it helps you to kind of see, do you like your ideas better or theirs? and then you can incorporate that into your own study techniques.

    13:15 And that's basically dual coding.

    13:18 Feel free to ask any questions in the chat, and then we'll get to them at the end of the presentation.

    13:25 So applying dual coding with Lecturio.

    13:29 Lecturio has study plans and schedules that combined their video lectures, their questions and their retention quizzes.

    13:35 So what's great is you'll do their video lectures, and right afterwards, they're going to ask you questions, to see how well you understood the material.

    13:42 They have concept cards as well that you can go and read through.

    13:45 So everything in the video will be in a concise concept cards to reapply it.

    13:49 So you heard it now read it.

    13:50 They also have their own diagrams and their 3d anatomy models as well.

    13:54 That kind of encompasses everything about the topic so you're getting the information in multiple ways.

    14:01 So that's what I really liked about dual coding and how Lecturio applied it.

    14:04 It was just perfect for a medical student while you're studying.

    14:08 Alright, so the next study strategy that I use is spaced retrieval, and I feel like this is the most common for medical students.

    14:16 We have a poll to see if you guys are familiar with it.

    14:20 Go ahead and answer the question.

    14:30 Okay.

    14:32 I see there's a lot more "Yes and I use it" which I figured more people are more familiar with spaced retrieval I feel like it's becoming very popular, and in the med school community.

    14:43 "Yes and I've tried it but it doesn't work" Okay, hopefully I can convince you otherwise.

    14:48 "Haven't tried it" and then "No" Okay, so let's go ahead and explain a little bit more.

    14:56 So spaced retrieval, I love it.

    14:59 This is kind of like the bulk of my studying especially right after a lecture.

    15:03 Right after doing dual coding in the class setting, I will go home and I will try to figure out how am I going to make sure that I memorize this today, can remember it three days from now and can reproduce that information on an exam in three weeks.

    15:19 So, with space retrieval, a lot of it is kind of like using Anki.

    15:23 Lecturio has their own flashcard system as well, where you're going to be answering questions, or you're going to be filling the blank of like high yield topics.

    15:33 And the idea is you use this technique right after you learn your lecture, so you're going to have like, a set amount of cards, it can be 10, 20 30, I've had, sometimes had like 70 Anki cards at the end of a lecture and it was like fill in the blank on an important topic.

    15:51 So it could be like this nerve innervates this muscle, this vein will travel here, and it's very short, concise information that you need to know.

    16:02 Now you answer it today, when you finally get them all right, you're going to have to wait a couple of days to see those cards again.

    16:10 And it's usually around three days as the optimal timing because we now what's going to happen is you want to see if you're going to remember that information in a couple of days.

    16:19 If you do, it's going to space out even longer.

    16:22 And the idea is you want that to be solidified in your memory as long as possible.

    16:26 So Anki Lecturio's memorization tools as well, is very keen to kind of make sure that that information stays ingrained in your head.

    16:35 And it's really great, because now, I said like how I was failing, because I was trying to read my lecture slides, like verbatim, and it wasn't working anymore, because I wasn't retaining anything.

    16:45 But when you're doing these spaced retrieval techniques, it kind of becomes a game in your mind and you memorize information so much better, it's efficient, it's less time.

    16:55 And like, you'll kind of find yourself like remembering like this specific card from Lecturio in your head when you're answering questions on your exam and a couple of weeks.

    17:04 So that's basically the space retrieval technique.

    17:09 So it's basically testing, taking a test, or actively retrieving something you learned would increase long term retention of topics longer than other means of study, which is basically what I said.

    17:20 And I could tell you, a lot of my classmates use like Anki and the Lecturio system, and you're sitting in an exam, and you get a question and you're just closing your eyes, rying to remember what the card looked like.

    17:33 And the answer will be right there in your multiple choice, and you're just very happy that it didn't take a lot of work to get to that point.

    17:40 So these are the biggest terms to remember when it comes to spaced retrieval: Interstudy interval and then retention interval.

    17:47 Inter study is a time interval between two study sessions.

    17:51 So I was saying you'll study all your cards today.

    17:54 In 3 days,you'll probably see them again and then they get spaced out, like between 7 to 10 days, depending on if you got it right or wrong the first time.

    18:02 That's very important, because now if you know something, you're not gonna see it again tomorrow.

    18:07 That's a waste of time, you already know it, like let's space that out a couple more days for to see if you still remember it in 7 days versus in 3 days.

    18:16 Because if in 7 days and you still remember it, it will push it out even further because it's in your memory.

    18:20 So that's very important.

    18:22 Retention interval, that's the time between the last study session and the test event.

    18:27 So the longer you're spacing these out, the better your memory is getting.

    18:31 And when you get to that test, you can just kind of close your eyes and remember all that information, and that's the state you want to get at.

    18:37 You no longer want to be at the act of studying state.

    18:40 You want to be able to retain the information and reproduce it on the exam.

    18:46 So I basically kind of talked about this a little bit.

    18:48 I personally hated flashcards before medical school.

    18:51 As a pre med, just like to memorize my slides but in medical school, there's so much information.

    18:57 I remember my first semester kind of being shocked that in a week, I would have over 1000 slides to review on Saturday and Sunday, because every single day, we got almost 200 PowerPoints overview.

    19:10 So using Anki and Lecturio's flashcard system really helped kind of consolidate all that information into digestible and usable techniques.

    19:23 Right, so with like cheerio, they use an algorithm.

    19:28 I can't really speak on the algorithm, I just know it works, where it's going to go ahead and test you on high yield information and it's going to repeat the information based off of how well you answered it and how confident you are.

    19:40 So in their system, they ask you, they give you a question, you answer it and then at the end, after you answer the question, they ask you how confident were you in that response.

    19:50 Which is pretty great, because sometimes you can get it right but you guessed and you had no idea.

    19:54 So in reality, you don't really know the information.

    19:56 So the algorithm takes that into account and it's going to adjust when you see the question again accordingly.

    20:03 And something new that came up over the summer with Lecturio was a summary notes that pop up after videos.

    20:09 And I really like this function because you watch the video and you can take notes in a notebook or somewhere, but you'll probably forget it.

    20:17 But you might be rewatching that video again before an exam or before your board exam so you can make really short concise notes in the Lecturio system.

    20:25 And you can just like do a brain dump of all the information that you got from that video right in like 1 to 2 sentences, and Lecturio's system will save it in your premium account.

    20:35 So the next time you review, the video is going to pop up, which I think is really great.

    20:41 Alright, my last study strategy, which I think is the most important points is called 'interleaving'.

    20:48 And we're going to have a poll to see how much you guys know about interleaving.

    21:02 Is the poll working? Alright, there we go.

    21:12 A lot of "No's", oh okay.

    21:18 All right, so we're gonna go ahead and dive into interleaving.

    21:21 I feel like this is the most important point, especially for medical students getting ready for board exams or your final exams, in med school.

    21:30 Alright, so interleaving.

    21:32 It's basically the practice of mixing different related subjects or topics when learning.

    21:37 So on the slide here, it says the blocks.

    21:41 So in medical school, you can have like different blocks depending on where you're at in the semester.

    21:45 I know, for me, my first semester was physiology and anatomy, with a little bit of genetics heavy.

    21:52 So you will have like genetics as your first topic than physiology then anatomy.

    21:56 And everything was taught very separately, right? but that's not how the board exams work at all.

    22:03 You need to be able to interleave all these topics together to be able to answer the multiple choice vignettes that you get.

    22:10 So that physiology you learned in your first semester will be incorporated with the Pathology, the Microbiology in year two.

    22:18 So this idea of interleaving, it's hard in the beginning of school, because you're like getting the information like in bits and pieces, but you as a student need to be able to bring things together.

    22:31 So I felt like interleaving was very big in my second year.

    22:36 But I kind of talk with people that if you have the information in your first or second semester, try to start incorporating everything together in the beginning.

    22:47 So that way, it's just like you snap your fingers, and you can see how everything interconnects.

    22:51 So with interleaving, it's going to promote your memory and retention, right? you're going to get context clues now.

    22:58 So a lot of times in anatomy in first year, they'll talk about certain bugs in Micro that affect like the tricuspid valve, or like different areas of the body system.

    23:10 But if you have to wait till year two to get your Microbiology, it's kind of hard to remember the anatomy that's being affected by those microorganisms.

    23:18 So that's like very important to note.

    23:22 And you'll be able to compare and contrast mechanisms better when it comes to like physiology and pathology.

    23:27 So it's a lot, I say interleaving is like a mixture, because you're going to be doing circles with all the information that you know, once you start to use this process.

    23:37 Right? So again, I didn't realize how important it was until I was studying for step one.

    23:44 I was no longer a basic science student but I also hadn't started clinicals yet.

    23:49 And I was on my own and trying to sit down with my first aid book, again, which is kind of separated into chapters.

    23:55 And now it's up to me to mix all this information together, it becomes difficult.

    24:01 So I will say like interleaving is the hardest tool to use, but it's the most rewarding.

    24:09 And you kind of start to see yourself thinking as a doctor as well, because there's so many things that go on when you're working with patients.

    24:16 So how does Lecturio come into play? So Lecturio's system does the interleaving for you and you don't even realize it with their video lectures, their concept cards and their questions.

    24:28 Their questions will highlight a lot of different subjects in one question.

    24:34 So you'll see a little bit of anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, and the question that might not be focusing on all that, but they're putting it together in a really great vignette for you to start thinking, 'Okay, yes, the question is asking me about anatomy, but why is the rest of this in the question?' So you can stop and go back and like kind of review how all of that is interleaved and mixed together which is great.

    24:56 The concept cards are very concise to the points cards that have all that information together, depending on what type what topic you're reviewing.

    25:05 And the videos also highlight that as well.

    25:08 So lecture area does a really good job of interleaving the material that you're going to need to be successful on your board exams and in your class lectures, your class exams as well.

    25:20 Okay, and that's it for my advice.

    25:23 Nicole, are you coming back? (inaudible) Nicole: I'm back, Shenika, thank you.

    25:40 And so we had a couple of questions throughout. So we want to go back, we're going to circle back and answer those questions.

    25:46 But since this slide is right here, and everyone's watching it, we are offering 50% off right now on all of our plans so please check it out.

    25:56 If you have not used our premium membership before, and you have maybe a free account, this is a great opportunity to really see how to use all the tips and strategies that Shenika could just pointed out.

    26:11 So let's go back through a little bit and answering some questions.

    26:17 I think, let's see.

    26:19 I didn't want to interrupt you, you're on a good stride there.

    26:23 So someone was asking what medical school you went to, or what you went to that you that you're attending? Shenika: I am a third year medical student at St. George's University, and that's in Grenada in the Caribbean.

    26:44 So you do your first two years on the island and then you come back to the States or in the UK to go do the rest of you two years of clinicals Nicole: Perfect, and then we answered Enisa's question so let's go to our next question.

    27:03 So going back to spaced repetition, so Jenny wants to know, if you don't have enough time, what if you don't have enough time to use space repetition, what do you suggest? Shenika: spaced rep, you're going to have to make the time for spaced repetition.

    27:20 I was actually talking to a friend of mine who's starting medical school, she started actually last week and she's kind of like overwhelmed with the material that they're getting right now.

    27:29 And I highly suggest that you pre-read, and then you do post-reading.

    27:35 So with pre reading, you're going to be reviewing your lectures ahead of time.

    27:38 and like my university said, it shouldn't take more than 15 minutes.

    27:42 But for me personally, I realized that I rather put in a lot of the work before going to lectures on the week, like on the weekends or in the morning before class.

    27:51 And I would start typing up high yield notes that I was going to make my own Anki cards with for example, because like your class exams are going to be based off whatever your professor wants to ask, and it's going to be in their lectures.

    28:03 So I would make my Anki cards in the morning before going to class.

    28:07 While I'm in class, I would make a couple more cards or whatever the professor said, and the cards are done.

    28:13 So now after class is over, I'm just doing my flashcards now.

    28:18 And that's how I would fit in to get that spaced repetition in every single day.

    28:22 And now they start to build up, yeah, but you get better at making the cards when doing your your pre-reading in the morning.

    28:29 So like you think it's going to become overwhelming, but in reality, you become more efficient.

    28:36 So I would just try to work on it.

    28:41 Nicole: I would definitely say that the time management and the resources that Lecturio offers will help you with that. but with the spaced repetition, I do agree with you Shenika, you're going to have to make the time, but if you do a little bit every day, it doesn't become a huge mountain, and you can manage it and you'll absorb it.

    29:01 And you'll be able to really retain the information versus cramming and not knowing information later, right? Shenika: You'll be very surprised at how quickly you could knock out 500 flashcards on Anki or Lecturio after a couple of weeks in school.

    29:20 you'll realize how quick you can fly through it especially because, again, the spaced repetition, the idea is we want to test your memory, so you're going to be getting better at it over time.

    29:31 Nicole: Just like anything, practice, practice, practice.

    29:35 So our next question is, how do you prevent eye strains from studying at your computer after using Lecturio? And the Part B to the question is, do you believe in taking 20 to 30 minute or 5 minute breaks during study sessions that lasts several hours? Shenika: Okay, multi-part question, I love it.

    29:58 Eye strain, funny enough, it didn't become an issue until we went online and everything was on my computer, my computer settings for me personally, it's the screen is very low for the shine or whatever and that's just how I like to see it.

    30:14 I think I'm like very protective of my 20/20 vision right now, because I know it's not going to last for forever.

    30:20 So I tried blue light glasses, but I read an article saying that they don't actually work, but some people swear by it.

    30:26 So adjust your settings accordingly, and then even try to glasses if that helps.

    30:31 And then do you believe in taking 20 to 30 minute or 5 minute breaks during study sessions? So it depends on the day.

    30:39 So during the week, when I'm in class, I rather just sit down at the end of class and do whatever I need to get done so I can go to sleep.

    30:47 But then on the weekends, and on the island, we really like we really valued our Saturdays and Sundays, I would wake up at 8 o'clock at night and know I study from 8 to 5, and I would do all my flashcards together.

    31:00 If it takes me like 3, 5 hours, I'm going to sit there because like in reality, like I have music playing in the background, I'm going to get up and go eat a snack at the same time.

    31:08 So it's not that hard but like if I'm doing questions in the evening, like 3 or 4 hours of questions, I'm taking breaks as needed, like, I'll do 20 minutes questions and then take a break for 5 minutes.

    31:20 The Pomodoro Technique works for a lot of people.

    31:23 And I think it's a good idea to try and see if it works for you.

    31:28 Nicole: Yeah, I think too. Yeah, everyone has a different style, like I can't when I'm studying, otherwise, I get distracted, so I did it.

    31:35 When you were talking about the dimming, it just made me think of my daughter who of course, is quite younger, and her screens are always very, very dim.

    31:44 You can't see clearly whereas my screens are always super bright.

    31:48 So definitely you have to learn what techniques work for you.

    31:52 But that's a great question, because I haven't had anyone ask that question before and I think that's really important because you are on the computer a lot.

    32:00 The other great thing too is that with our video lessons, they're no more than 12 minutes in length.

    32:08 And that can help a lot too, because you're not going to sit there and watch a 30 or 40 minute video lesson.

    32:14 And so that kind of helps you take a break and break up the monotony too because you're not watching one video for a long period of time you're doing several things.

    32:24 they're going to contribute to that study session that aren't just, even though they're all on a computer, yes, but they're different things so it's mixed up a little bit.

    32:34 Okay, let's go to the next question here.

    32:38 So while you were talking about interleaving, we had a question of how do you set interleaving on Lecturio? Shenika: It's already in there, you don't realize it's happening until you're getting ready for your board exams and my Lecturio told you that Staph aureus affects the tricuspid valve.

    32:58 And when you're watching a physiology video related to the heart, they also talked about Staph aureus as an infection.

    33:05 So you don't have to do anything when it comes to Lecturio and interleaving, which is really great.

    33:10 And the concept cards, which I feel like not a lot of people know about it, very concise one page information, and it has all the topics already interleaved in there. It's great.

    33:24 Nicole: So funny, when that question came up, I had to think about like, is that a trick question? And then I realized exactly what you said, it's already there.

    33:31 So you don't have to do any of the work. All you have to do is focus on studying.

    33:35 So great question. Great question.

    33:40 Okay, so let's go to our next question, I apologize my computer's a little slow today.

    33:48 So we have as an international med student, how do you suggest I study for USMLE step 1, step 2? Shenika: Um, I feel like all med schools, especially when you need accreditation, to come and do your rotations or apply for residency in the US, they teach you the information that you need.

    34:08 So I wouldn't be concerned about lacking the information at your institution.

    34:13 But if you do feel like you're missing something, getting a membership with like, Lecturio, for example, really will cover any deficits that you have.

    34:22 And then as for studying, all the tips we talked about today will get you where you need to go.

    34:28 And it takes it takes time.

    34:31 But I wouldn't worry about being an international medical school student when it comes to like the USMLE step 1 and 1.

    34:40 Nicole: Well I think that's a great answer And then one of the great things about Lecturio is you have access to all our curriculum so even when you move from one to the other, you don't have to go back and purchase something different.

    34:53 You just simply go to the drop box, change it from step 1 to step 2, and you have access so you don't don't have to worry about going back and forth and try and figure out should I get this resource or that resource? You have access to everything.

    35:10 Okay.

    35:14 So next question is do you recommend doing both Anki and spaced repetition is on Lecturio? Is either fine, because of time.

    35:25 Time is a big thing.

    35:28 Shenika: It's a big thing, and it's a new semester, so people are kind of concerned, I understand.

    35:32 I personally like using both Lecturio, already has great questions and flashcards in their system.

    35:39 You watch the video, the questions are pre made, which is great, and it's very high yield information.

    35:44 I use Anki for my class, my class lectures, because I was very aware on getting tested on what my professors want me to know.

    35:52 Sometimes it's not always high yield so I would make my Anki flashcards to make sure I cover everything in class so I could succeed, and I stopped failing exams once I started doing this.

    36:02 And I would use Lecturio to to make sure I was getting all the high yield information necessary for step 1.

    36:12 Nicole: It's fantastic.

    36:15 Okay, let's move on to the next question.

    36:20 Apologize, I'm trying to.

    36:28 So one question is basically about the affordability of Lecturio And how can you watch all the videos and other so I'll take this one for you.

    36:42 So one of the opportunities, of course, right now is the take us at 50% off, which will help you know, we are probably one of the most economical, I know, it's still expensive but just think about all the resources that you are getting access to.

    37:01 And so you'll have access to everything that you would need.

    37:05 So if you think about adding on textbooks and other resources, you can use this as an all in one.

    37:13 And using the 50% off would also help, of course, to make that a little bit stronger and better.

    37:18 But I certainly understand, it's very expensive, and there's a lot of resources out there.

    37:25 But one of the things we do pride ourselves on, as I said before is that anything we add in new, you have full access to that, so you know, once you become a member, then you know, you don't have to worry about purchasing more unless you would like to.

    37:41 So what I would recommend if you can is to get the longest time period you can afford to get and that way, you know you're you're set for a good amount of time, and you have access to those resources.

    38:02 So our next question is, does Lecturio cover everything for student hoping, writing MCAT soon? Shenika: I believe so I didn't use Lecturio in pre med though.

    38:19 Nicole: I can take it for you, so we we do have MCAT resources.

    38:26 For studying MCAT, we don't currently have a Q bank.

    38:30 But again, if you look at building that foundation, you have everything that you would need to build that foundation, so that as you're going through your studying for MCAT, you're going to be able to get the content that you need.

    38:44 So we don't really have a Q bank.

    38:45 But just if you think of it as you go through and you move course pass MCAT and you start to get into med school, if you do a membership, that's for a long period of time, that will cover you prepping for MCAT.

    39:01 And so once you get into med school, your subject exams, your step one, so you can look at it as a launching pad to get started.

    39:11 But the MCAT resources are very thorough.

    39:14 And you'll see if you just at least even if you just do a free account, you'll be able to see what we offer for our MCAT and so it's still very robust.

    39:26 The only difference is that right now, we do not have an MCAT Q bank.

    39:36 Okay, and let's see.

    39:40 My computer is on vacation.

    39:44 Let's see the next question.

    39:46 Does this program help to create a study schedule only for step or would this help me with the semester I am now in medical school.

    39:56 Shenika: So Lecturio has specific step schedules which is really awesome, like different time periods.

    40:02 So it's like 3 months, 2 months, 1 month, which I think is really awesome.

    40:06 And then with your semester in medical school, they can also help as well.

    40:10 And the way they have it divided is very smart, my opinion, you can find like biochemistry videos, and they're all grouped together, and the titles are very clear on what you're going to get.

    40:21 Genetics as well.

    40:24 I'm not sure if we still have the mapping program, but you might be able to see if Lecture you can get your school's curriculum mapped out, and that's really great as well.

    40:35 So that way, you won't even have to like, go and look for the videos.

    40:40 Nicole: So yes, so I will second that and say that, if you just think about to everything you need, from the start until, like I say, you have you have practicing physicians that use our resources as reference.

    40:54 So you can most certainly use it through med school.

    40:57 And as Shenika was pointing out between the different resources and the curriculums you have access to, you also have access to our subject study plans.

    41:09 And so as you're going through, and you're learning different subjects and focusing on those, you can just focus on those, or you can use it for step.

    41:19 So again, starting, if you start with MCAT, you can start using the resources for MCAT and move right through as long as you're an you're an active member, of course.

    41:30 So for the mapping, if you are interested in that just let us know.

    41:35 we do it on on a first come first served basis.

    41:39 And sometimes it's a little bit easier, sometimes a little bit difficult depends on the curriculum, but what we actually do is we take your curriculum from your school, and we take our curriculum, and we match it up together and map it together so you don't have to figure out what you're supposed to be watching or learning through Lecturio while you're in your program.

    41:59 So we do that, but it is a process so if you're interested in that just reach out, and we'll follow up with you.

    42:07 And when we do that we prefer to have like a group because that way we know that once we do the mapping, that there are a good group of students that will be using the mapping.

    42:19 And so that's kind of important that we have, you know, a good group of students that from that university, that program who wants to use those resources.

    42:30 But we're good for everything.

    42:35 So moving on to the next.

    42:43 My computer again, let's see.

    42:45 So it says I wasted my first year in medical school, because it was all online, and I got easily distracted.

    42:53 Can I say the second year, or it'd be really, or I guess would it be really difficult? Or what methods can I use? Thanks.

    43:04 Shenika: So it sounds from this question that is like online studying that you're struggling with.

    43:10 So in this case, the Pomodoro technique that we talked about earlier might actually be very beneficial for you where you're having like a clock system, tell you when to sit down and focus and then it will give you breaks in between.

    43:25 So I know that some people don't do 20 minutes of focus studying and then take a 5 minute break.

    43:29 20 minutes, 5 minutes, 20 minutes, 5 minute break.

    43:32 And that just helps them to kind of stay in the zone while they're online.

    43:36 I know it's very difficult this last year with the pandemic.

    43:40 So that might be a solution to help fight off distraction.

    43:46 But yeah, so it's like, I think I can get for that.

    43:51 Nicole: And I would add to that, because it is hard to learn how to pivot during these times.

    43:58 One of the things we have a resource, how to survive med school, and we have different videos based on each year that you're in school, So year 1, year 2.

    44:09 And I think that'd be a great resource for you to watch those videos just to give you kind of a kind of a boost, kind of a pep talk and kind of what you maybe you were expecting something different, and so those videos really helped walk through the process of each year of med school And just kind of give you an idea and maybe you know maybe you're overwhelmed and so distracted because you were thinking it was gonna be one way it was different.

    44:37 Of course these videos are based on pre-pandemic, but it will give you an idea maybe as a source of comfort, just to kind of have an idea of what how things normally go and you know how you can feel like you're back on track.

    44:54 Shenika: I will add too.

    44:56 I know with my classes when they were online, a lot of people ended up making like Zoom or Google meets sessions where I put everybody on mute, but it was nice to see other people studying.

    45:07 Like, that might be a solution as well.

    45:10 Nicole: Yeah, I think anything where you feel connected and have that connection so I mean, I think even being here today gives, you know, gives you some source of community and we can, you know, have these conversations, and everybody can just kind of see and check in and see how everyone else are doing things.

    45:29 So, so really good question.

    45:31 Yeah, being working, or studying remotely is definitely something that many did not think they would have to ever do so you definitely have to get used to it.

    45:43 So let's go to the next question.

    45:57 Thank you for putting the MCAT landing page there for us.

    46:02 Okay, so what's the difference in the plans for MD's versus MP's? I'm also RC see us invaluable.

    46:12 I'll take that one for you.

    46:13 So it's really just the scope of practice, of course.

    46:17 But again, because you have access to both curriculums, so even if you let's say that, you start off Lecturio on premium membership, and you say, Oh, I'm, you know, MD med student, And let's say something changes, and you switch over, now you're gonna do NP, you simply will just click on the drop box, and you will be able to change curriculum.

    46:45 And I feel like I'm talking about it so much that I'm just going to show you guys what it looks like.

    46:50 So you can have an idea, better idea of what I'm talking about, because the ease of switching your curriculum is so simple and easy that it just makes sense for you to see how it works, so I just want to share my screen here.

    47:43 Is that a yes? Shenika: Yeah.

    47:44 Okay. I hear you, okay.

    47:47 So this is the homepage right here.

    47:50 And so I'm going to click on the video library here.

    47:52 So right here, you'll see this is actually a university that's mapped.

    47:56 And so this is what the mapping would look like.

    47:59 But here's the drop box so no matter what you're looking for what you're studying, it is here.

    48:07 And so the question was going from MD to nurse practitioner, NP, right? So this is, of course, our pre-clinical step one curriculum.

    48:20 And we can see we can filter it based on subject organ system but if I switch gears, I simply just go here to NP.

    48:33 And now it changes gears.

    48:35 So really, the difference is really just a scope of practice.

    48:39 And so how we arrange things and how we put things together, and some resources are different, just because of course, depending on you know, nursing, NP versus USMLE Med, There are some differences but this is how you'll be able to explore either side.

    48:56 So if there's something where you're doing something where you're trying to decide or you want to see, again, you have full access to everything.

    49:05 So anything that you want to switch over to, anything you just want to explore, just to be nosy, if you just want to see like PANCE, like what's that about, right? Maybe I want to go into that now, you can do that with us and that's what makes it so great, is that you're not nailed down to just one access to just one part of our curriculum, you have access to everything.

    49:34 So I hope that answered that question, and make sure I didn't lose track here, let's see.

    49:53 And Sarah had actually did that NP first, thank you, Sarah.

    49:58 Okay, let's see the next question.

    50:04 It says, I'll be taking Microbiology and Path this coming semester and I wanted your viewpoint on using Lecturio and their practice questions.

    50:16 Shenika: So, I took Micro and Path my second semester and that was my favorite semester.

    50:23 And I felt like I got like my schedule down to a science.

    50:26 So Lecturio's Question Bank in our videos, you know, I don't know if you guys have seen that meme.

    50:32 It's like the guy was like cooking with the salt or whatever he's throwing it.

    50:35 It was like the chef's kiss, so great.

    50:37 So like, the Micro was high-yield, the Pathology was high-yield, and encompassed everything very well.

    50:44 So I was able to like sit in my lectures, again, pre-read, do my flashcards right after.

    50:51 I would watch my Lecturio videos like sometimes before lecture, sometimes on the weekend, and then do questions on the weekend.

    50:57 And their question bank being especially for Micro and Path, so many questions is super high-yield.

    51:03 So like, you'll never be short for questions.

    51:05 And some of those questions like ended up showing up on my exams in some form or another.

    51:12 There's like little variations there, but like Lecturio really covered all the high yield points, so I definitely recommend it.

    51:20 Nicole: Fantastic.

    51:23 Can you hear me? Shenika: Yes. Yes.

    51:32 Nicole: Okay, I'm going to assume you can.

    51:40 Shenika: We can't hear you now.

    51:46 Sorry, guys, there's connection issue.

    52:02 While we wait for Nicole to come back..

    52:15 Nicole? Nicole: I don't know what's going on.

    52:20 Shenika: You're back.

    52:23 Nicole: Ah, so the joys of the internet, it works fine and you know, when you're paying a bill, right? Okay, so let's see, let me make sure, Did Shenika, did I cut off with a question? Shenika: You were adding to the response about Micro and Pathology? Nicole: Okay, did I cut that, did we finish that part? [crosstalk] Shenika: Yeah.

    52:51 Nicole: Okay, all right, all right, sorry about that.

    52:55 Let's, okay, I'm just making sure.

    53:00 We ha#ve so many questions in here so let me see.

    53:06 I'm going to try to run through these very quickly.

    53:12 Shenika: For the question? Nicole: Yeah Shenika: asking about Lecturio, the question being in referencing the first aid? They do, there's a book matcher as well.

    53:23 So every time you finish answering a question in the question bank, the explanation will give you like a very thorough explanation.

    53:30 And then it's going to reference like the last five editions of first aid for you to go read further as well.

    53:36 There was a couple of questions about that.

    53:41 Nicole: Okay, I'm trying to catch up here.

    53:47 Does Lecturio Qbank reference a first aid material? So yes we do.

    53:51 You covered that, right? We do. Yeah.

    53:54 And we actually different, different versions, so even older ones, newer ones, newer ones, we always keep that up to date, we also have a book matcher where you can actually have your first 8 texts open.

    54:10 And you can actually either take your phone app, your Lecturio app and hover over the page, and will actually take your camera and we'll take that page and we'll tell you exactly where those video lectures are in our resources and take you right to that page, right to those that study material, based on what that page is in first aid or any other major med textbooks.

    54:36 So you definitely want to try that out.

    54:39 And so in the interest of time, I apologize if I missed your question but you can always email us at

    54:47 I did apologize, the internet went out.

    54:50 So here's the question, I'm in medical school now during my first year and kind of worried about it, do you have any advice? Shenika: Breathe, it's okay.

    55:00 The beginning of the semester, it's like, you're proud that you got to this point.

    55:05 but you know, there's so much more to come.

    55:07 And I always just say, just take everything day by day, one lecture at a time, you're going to have moments where you're kind of feeling like, am I supposed to be here? Yes, you are.

    55:18 Just because like you might be struggling with a topic doesn't mean you have to like second guess, like going into medicine.

    55:26 And there are resources out there, as we spoke about today that will help you kind of fine tune your study skills, get great grades in school, and you're going to see all the stuff that you're working hard for manifest when you start working with patients.

    55:41 So have kindness on yourself and with others, it's going to be fine.

    55:47 Nicole: Totally, totally second that.

    55:50 So I think we answered, because Sarah was helping us out, thank you, Sarah.

    55:55 We answer, I think we covered all the questions.

    56:00 Are there any other questions that anyone has? Okay, well, if you do, please feel to reach out to us, we're happy to answer any questions.

    56:14 If you're new to Lecturio, we welcome you.

    56:16 Tisha, I saw I thought Sarah answered you, I apologize.

    56:20 No, currently we do not.

    56:23 However, we are always exploring new options and taking feedback.

    56:28 So right now we do not do CEU's.

    56:31 But we can help you with your, if you need to go back and reference and get the content you need.

    56:37 So right now we don't but always check back because you never know when we're going to add something.

    56:43 We've looked into it so it's not a done deal, just not at this point.

    56:48 So thank you. I thought we've answered that question so I apologize.

    56:52 Thank you all, we really appreciate it, we appreciate you being here today, spend a little time with us.

    56:58 We hope to see you at our next event.

    57:01 We're always trying to have events that just bring a little bit more enlightenment and help you know, everyone, no matter where you are in your career.

    57:09 It's always good just for us to be able to get together and just learn more about what kind of resources are out there and what Lecturio has to offer.

    57:18 So Shenika, do you have any closing words? Shenika: Enjoy the journey guys.

    57:24 Med School is hard, but it's a lot of fun, like it just takes time.

    57:30 Nicole: Well, I thank you all and we will see you the next time.

    57:34 Enjoy the rest of your day, and make sure you take breaks.

    57:39 Make sure you eat a good snack, that healthy snack and get some fresh air.

    57:43 So we will see you next time, thank you.

    57:47 We enjoy having you and reach out if you have any questions.

    57:51 Thanks Shenika, we enjoyed hearing how your experience is so we will talk to you all later.

    57:57 Have a great day.

    57:59 Thank you.

    58:02 Thank you.

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    I still found it extremely helpful.
    By Benita I. on 18. May 2022 for Student To Student – Study Advice from a Third Year Medical Student

    Nice one,just that I was waiting to get down to the the third agenda mentioned in the beginning.