How to Unlock the Amazing Power of Your Brain and Become a Top Student

I was a mediocre K–12 student but graduated #1 in my medical school class. Here’s how I did it.

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My personal academic growth (all illustrations courtesy of Lev Mazin)

Using Time Management as a Competitive Advantage

Don’t attend class if it isn’t necessary

Whenever possible, read things only once

To remember what you learn, use flashcards, retrieval practice, and spacing

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Our natural forgetting curve.
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Our recall of information (ROI) quickly fades because of the forgetting curve, but we can overcome this natural tendency with spaced retrieval practice.

Other Learning Strategies

Interleaving

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Variation

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Here engram A (gold) stores a memory related to a fish meal. Engram B (teal) stores a memory of some music that was playing during the meal. B shares some neurons in common with A. Thus, those memories are linked. When you think of the meal you might then recall the music and vice versa.

Reflection

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Generation

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Elaboration

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Key Takeaways

Written by

Co-founder iDoRecall.com. Helping students achieve academic success. Retired MD. Graduated #1 in my med school class using proven cog-sci learning techniques.

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