Pre-Med Templates

HIGH YIELD NOTES

It’s common knowledge that you need good grades to get into medical school but for many students, this is no easy feat. While balancing a difficult curriculum with everyday life obligations, it can be challenging¬† to study it all and thus, do well in your courses.

As a pre-med student and particularly during medical school, I knew that it was not possible to know it all and remember it later for the final or national board exam.

So how can you still get good grades when you don’t know everything?

First, it’s imperative that you know the high yield facts and concepts as these are the most likely to appear on your exam. Know these cold and you get your points.

Then you start adding “layers” as you continue to study. See the Daily Review Notes template.

HOW TO USE

As you’re studying, look for the facts and concepts that are emphasized (i.e. bolded, italicized, etc.), frequently talked about, and/or often pop up in practice questions. These are your high yield facts/concepts.

  • Jot or sketch these facts/concepts on your template to keep this separate from your other notes.

  • Once a day (every morning or night), spend a couple minutes reading through your High Yield Template. Soon, you’ll know these facts cold and will retain them better.

  • Keep this is in safe place so you don’t lose it. This will be valuable for your upcoming exam and even future exams like *cough* the MCAT or other board exam.

But beware! It’s easy to get carried away especially in the beginning when your starting a new lecture or course – everything seems important!

The High Yield Template is meant for the most high yield topics. It’s not to be used for where you normally keep your notes.

Think of it this way, if you have to know 100 facts for an exam composed of 30 questions, all 100 facts are not high yield. Really, a small percentage is but they have more weight because they are most likely to appear on your exam hence the reason for creating this template.

Improve your score.

(Includes versions in green, blue, pink, dark grey, and red)