[Video] Memory Tips for Medical Students (Live Seminar)

Here's a short seminar Cathy and I recently gave to the first year class at our medical school. It covers some science-backed tips I think every learner should know. The talk includes an intro to memory palaces, gives a medical example of memory palaces (memorizing the upregulators of insulin), and describes how they might be integrated into a comprehensive learning approach built around evidence-based learning strategies. An overview of the learning literature--i.e. which learning strategies are effective, according to science--follows. Here's an outline of what we cover:

  1. Intro

  2. A relevant clip from "The Office"

  3. Spoken Numbers Demo

  4. What are memory techniques & memory palaces and why do they work?

  5. Memory palace example: memorizing the upregulators of insulin

  6. Learning strategies: What works and what doesn't, according to the scientific literature (practice testing, spaced repetition, interleaving); How do memory techniques fit in?

  7. Q&A

Resources Mentioned:
First Aid 2018 (#1 USMLE Step 1 review book; Cathy and I wrote a section for the book's opening chapter entitled "Effective Learning Strategies," which overviews the learning literature every medical student should know)
Moonwalking with Einstein (the book that introduced me to the world of memory techniques)
Anki (tool for spaced repetition; here's why I use it)
UWorld (#1 USMLE Step 1 practice question bank; constitutes the bulk of my study time)

Hope you enjoy!