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About Medical & Nursing Certifications on Brainscape
How to Study for Medical Certifications
There are a number of ways to study for medical certifications. You may begin by looking at the exam outline to know which subjects you should be preparing for. Afterward, you can buy textbook and take practice tests using the web or a mobile app.
Whatever your order of operations, Brainscape has thousands of flashcards that may be used for your practice tests, which may be accessed using your desktop or smartphone. These flashcards follow a scientifically backed algorithm that repeats questions and information for as long as necessary.
When you study using Brainscape, the system will show you questions with their corresponding answer. You will then rate your knowledge of this information from 1-5, the latter being the highest.
For the items you have rated low, Brainscape will keep on repeating them at appropriate intervals until you are confident enough to rate these items a 5.
Perfect for All Your Medical Exams
Because these exams require you to memorize thousands of terms and concepts in a very limited time, you simply cannot rely on the manual pen and paper method. You need Brainscape’s system to help you memorize this information faster and retain the information longer.
Also, these flashcards are meticulously created by teachers, tutors, and top students from the Ivy League and other top universities, along with the help of publishers from MCAT and USMLE, to help learners in their preparation.
It also helps that the questions and information found in these cards are based on previous tests. This gives you assurance that what you are learning are authentic and updated.
More Convenient & Effective than Anki
Although Anki has long been popular in med schools, Brainscape’s flashcards are more effective and convenient to use for several reasons.
First, Brainscape has better authoring collaboration and better content organization which result in better flashcard quality. For the learner, this means you get better information.
Second, Brainscape may be synced between devices more easily. You don’t need to download a desktop app to be able to use the full features of Brainscape. This is highly advantageous especially if you don’t carry your laptop with you all the time. You can access it using any computer.
Third, Brainscape makes it easier for individuals, schools and other organizations to use the app. You don’t have to understand rocket science to know how to use it. Brainscape’s interface is very intuitive even for first timers, making it easy for almost anyone to create their own flashcards and share it with their team.
Fourth, Brainscape has a more flexible spaced repetition algorithm. While Anki schedules things for specific dates, Brainscape allows you to have more control plus it has a relative repetition timing.
Brainscape understands that those who want to learn using flashcards are those who don’t have the leisure of creating cards using complex interface. It saves you from exerting time and effort learning how to use the software and makes you focus on things that matters ASAP.
In other words, Brainscape teaches you how to study more effectively and conveniently.
How Spaced Repetition Helps You Learn Faster
Brainscape uses a highly effective methodology of learning concepts faster called the Confidence-Based Repetition. This is a combination of active recall, metacognition, and spaced repetition.
Active recall has been proven to be far more effective than its passive counterpart where you just stash information in your brain without knowing if it’s kept there or not.
In active recall, you are required to actively retrieve answers for a certain question. In Brainscape, for example, you will be shown a card that asks you to define a medical term. Before you click on “reveal answer,” you should try your best to retrieve what you know about this term. This process stimulates your brain and it moves information from the short-term memory to long-term retention.
Metacognition, on the other hand, is the awareness of your thought process. Brainscape integrates this method by asking for your confidence rating for each question/information. At the end of every question, you are asked to rate how well you know the answer. This process also exercises your brain and helps you be in control of your thought process.
Lastly, spaced repetition refers to repeating the questions you are not so confident about based on a great algorithm. If, for example, you have low confidence for the functional classification of Acetaminophen, Brainscape will repeat this question for until such time you have rated it with high confidence. And repeat it less frequently from then on just to make sure you won’t forget.
With these three techniques combined, you are assured to learn new concepts fast because they constantly nudge your brain to work while studying, resulting in better information retention. Once this happens, there’s no need for you to keep on studying the same concepts over and over again, saving you time and effort.
Why not try Brainscape today?