Student Academic Success Services (SASS) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health wants every student to be successful and we are here to help you achieve your goals.

You will be expected to learn a great deal of knowledge and skills during medical school, likely at a faster pace that you are accustomed to during your undergraduate education.  To be successful, you need to have learning and studying methods that work for you. Learning is a sequence of events that allows you to obtain information, organize information, and use information.

The basic learning sequence involves the following steps:

  1. Read objectives: Knowing objectives keeps you focused
  2. Preview: Includes pre-reading/scanning of lecture objectives, gathering key ideas and questions, as well as learning new vocabulary
  3. Lecture: Actively listening to lecturer, taking some notes
  4. Read and write: Reread objective then review notes, read, summarize in your own words to answer the objective
  5. Study: Study what you summarized, then restate the objective
  6. Review: Restate the objective the next day, next week

A lot is happening during this learning sequence. There are other issues you must be aware of in order to make your learning sequence work for you.

Follow the right PATH to success:

  • Find a good PLACE to study
  • Be an ACTIVE learner
  • Manage your TIME efficiently
  • Ask for HELP if you need it

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