The MedStudy Method

Use our 3-phased, evidence-based learning approach to learn and remember more of what you study.

Why Our Method Works

MedStudy has teamed up with learning experts to provide a research-based approach to learning that leverages effortful study techniques for deeper learning.

PHASE 1: Preview

Use this phase to determine what you know and don’t know. Previewing the information and becoming familiar with important points helps make your mind “sticky” for additional information.

This is the perfect phase to utilize the Preview | Review feature in our Core or to complete multiple Q&A sessions.

Myth: Jump right into new material by cramming or trying to memorize it.

Myth: Jump right into new material by cramming or trying to memorize it.

PHASE 2: Study

Read the material for a general overview of the topics. Review each topic only once for understanding. Don’t try to memorize anything. Make sure to think through the topics thoroughly.

An essential principle of the study phase is to make sure you understand the core concepts of the subject matter. The more difficult the topic, the more important understanding is for retention.

Myth: Read and reread the study material, highlight and re-highlight it until you “know” it.

Myth: Read and reread the study material, highlight and re-highlight it until you “know” it.

PHASE 3: Retrieve

Responding to Q&As is an effortful activity that requires the test taker to retrieve information from memory and apply this information to a problem.

The practice of retrieving information alone helps learners move information from short-term into long-term memory.

Myth: Use self-testing only to confirm your mastery after extensive study.

Myth: Use self-testing only to confirm your mastery after extensive study.

LEARNING TIP 1: Recall, Recall, Recall

Studies have shown that practicing recall is the primary way to build durable, easily recalled memories. We use this critical process during every phase of the MedStudy Method.

LEARNING TIP 2: Use Techniques That Strengthen Encoding

Encoding is the process of converting information into a neural code that can be stored and accessed in the hippocampus. You can support encoding using the science-based behavioral and study techniques found in the MedStudy Method.

Download our StudyWise guide for an in-depth look at the MedStudy Method.