These are some of the more useful study tools I have found. Which are yours?
This tool is very popular in the US. You download it for free, and it’s available for both PC and mobile.
The software is really useful as it helps you to memorise things. It uses flashcards that have some advanced functions. One of the most popular is “cloze”, which allows you to blank out bits of information from a sentence. You can make more flashcards easily and quickly – copy-paste from your notes, format the content a bit, and decide which parts you want to blank out so you can test yourself. The cloze function works particularly well on the mobile app.
My only criticisms are the interface and controls. It’s not very intuitive – installing and interacting with it isn’t going to be easy for people who are less comfortable with tech. The interface is surprisingly primitive – for example, for some features, you need to know basic HTML.
Both the idea and the system are fantastic, but the downsides mean that Anki is too basic and risks becoming obsolete. Maybe the tool was created by medical students who didn’t have any time to work on the interface, I don’t know – despite this, I highly recommend it.
If you want to learn more about this useful study tool, this video explains how to use Anki effectively.
This a free, online tool that’s good for helping students memorise things when they study. You can use sets that other people have made around the topics you want to study or create your own if you sign up. You could also use them as tests or as a game.
It’s great, one of my favourites useful study tools. It’s simple to use, and the interface is attractive and intuitive.
Learn more about Quizzlet here.
This is a free, online mental map creator. There are several similar tools, but this is the one I like the best. You just sign up and creating maps is easy and quick.
This is a really interesting project. The authors are from Holland, somewhere that’s been producing really innovative things in recent years.
The website is like a folder of study materials, so it has notes, projects and, my favourite, exams. That said, it doesn’t always have exams from previous years, or if you restrict your search to just your university, you might only find exams from the year you were born!
You’ll be able to find plenty of interesting ones if you relax the search parameters a little – for example, if you study in Madrid, an exam from the right year but from Valencia is still going to be useful, right?
The project runs on a quid pro quo system – you upload the material you have, and you can download the material other people have uploaded.
I think StuDocu is fantastic and totally legitimate. Even so, you need to be careful of copyright. Don’t add anything that might get you into trouble – remove the names, etc. before you upload it.
Dictionary of medical acronyms
Self-explanatory. Very useful, you’ll find them all.
The classic. When I’m looking for very specific information, I like to use it to complement other, more specific searches or websites.
It’s basically written in the style of a medical prospectus, so there are other sites that are easier to read, but even so, Vademecum is serious, professional and worth a look.