So how do you learn it all?
As one might imagine, there is a lot of information to learn in pharmacy school. In four short years, students must learn anatomy, immunology, pharmacology, therapeutics, and more so that they will be able to treat their patients effectively in the future. Given this multitude of information, one easily could be overwhelmed. In fact, some classes in pharmacy school have been compared to “drinking out of a fire hose.” So how do you learn it all?
I think that one of the most important things to know about studying is that everybody does it differently. Some people are visual, some auditory, some verbal. Some people prefer to study alone while others study in groups. It is important to find the study method that works for you.
Of course, your study method may also vary depending on the class and the information you are trying to learn. For some classes, memorization is all that is required. For example, Top 100 is taken by first year pharmacy students each year. For Top 100, students can use resources like Quizlet, an online flashcard service, to learn the brand and generic names of drugs. For other classes, a more conceptual knowledge is key. In immunology, students must learn a lot of different pathways and how they connect. Drawing out diagrams may work for some people, and talking through the process may work better for others. Some people might even do both!
Whatever methods you choose, don’t forget that you can make adjustments. Just because you have studied one way in the past doesn’t prevent you from improving your habits in the future!
Campbell has some important resources that can aid your studies. There is free tutoring available for many classes. This tutoring could be one-on-one or in a group. For some classes, there are review sessions led by students who did well in the class in previous years. This is an excellent opportunity to hear the information presented again and in a different way. Another important resource is recorded lectures through Tegrity. Because Campbell records the lectures, students have the ability to go back and hear any information they may have missed if they couldn’t keep up during class. Also, if you have to miss class for sickness or some other reason, you can watch the lecture to catch up with the rest of your classmates. It is always important to keep up with what is going on in class so that you can learn information gradually rather than cramming a bunch of information into your brain right before a test!
There are a lot of different ways to study, and it may take a little time to find the way that works best for you. Don’t let the frustration of finding a perfect study method cause you to procrastinate. Studying will always help you more than not studying. My most important advice: Just do it!
-Elizabeth Ramsaur (P2)