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    What is the best way to study for the MINI?

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    The MINI ONE is coming up and I just want to know what is the best approach to studying for the mini. Do most people pass the first mini? Thank you!

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    just cheat like everyone else.
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    Just go through the material until you have all the big picture. Then keep going through it until you have all the details. It's all about repetitions. Make sure you do practice questions, because you have to get your mind thinking towards questions. Focus on the subjects worth the most on the mini (biochem and histo) I think.

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    but usually, how do students prepare for the 1st mini? are the notes/slides given suffecient for the test or you have to dig more into books?
    This is a very good thread for beginners/newbies if addressed properly.
    thanks for your posts guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jar22 View Post
    but usually, how do students prepare for the 1st mini? are the notes/slides given suffecient for the test or you have to dig more into books?
    This is a very good thread for beginners/newbies if addressed properly.
    thanks for your posts guys.
    The handouts/slides are sufficient along with whatever the prof says in class. Some ppl use a review book like BRS or High Yield for additional supplementation. The only text I found that was very good to read and went along very well with was Dr. M's biochem book and reading it for the topics he specifically lectured on. Other than that, you may not have enough time reading the textbooks cover to cover so just use them as a reference.
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    study/know everything in the packets.....if you understood the packets you don't really need the books.....books mostly for clarification....then do practice MCQs
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    Questions, questions, and more questions! After I thought I had thoroughly reviewed each lecture, I did questions from the BRS, previous/current PAcE quizzes, and anything the professors posted on the G-drive. There are a bunch of old questions in the Academic Success folder on the G-drive and they are organized by subject. Whenever I would miss a question, I'd review whatever that subject material was, and determine why I missed the question (for instance, did I not understand the concept, or was it something I needed to strictly memorize, like the name of an enzyme or something). I hardly ever used my texts except for Dr. M's biochem, and the M & D for anatomy (BLUE BOXES!!!!). The packets have everything you need to know for the minis. Good luck!

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    For histo with Dr. M- know EVERYTHING. If it's in bold/italics/underlined in her notes, KNOW IT. If it has an asterisk by it- KNOW IT. If it's written in a font that you can barely read with a magnifying glass- KNOW IT. She also had a thing for lipid rafts and calveole.

    A lot of people thought Dr. S for biochem was tricky...he wrote long question stems, but don't get intimidated by them, just figure out what the question is asking & try not to get caught up in the wording.

    We had Dr. M as the director for 1st semester anatomy, but I think you guys have Dr. B...Know the blue boxes and do Dr. M's Badly Answered Questions. If you can do those you probably understand the subject. And for the practical, ours was pretty much all brachial plexus/forearm with a little bit of back and scapular region thrown in. From what I remember, most of our practical questions for the first one were either straight IDs, or "what innervates this" questions.

    Feel free to PM me if you want. I could go on forever since this is my way of procrastinating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faith7110 View Post
    Questions, questions, and more questions! After I thought I had thoroughly reviewed each lecture, I did questions from the BRS, previous/current PAcE quizzes, and anything the professors posted on the G-drive. There are a bunch of old questions in the Academic Success folder on the G-drive and they are organized by subject. Whenever I would miss a question, I'd review whatever that subject material was, and determine why I missed the question (for instance, did I not understand the concept, or was it something I needed to strictly memorize, like the name of an enzyme or something). I hardly ever used my texts except for Dr. M's biochem, and the M & D for anatomy (BLUE BOXES!!!!). The packets have everything you need to know for the minis. Good luck!

    Oh yeah....

    For histo with Dr. M- know EVERYTHING. If it's in bold/italics/underlined in her notes, KNOW IT. If it has an asterisk by it- KNOW IT. If it's written in a font that you can barely read with a magnifying glass- KNOW IT. She also had a thing for lipid rafts and calveole.

    A lot of people thought Dr. S for biochem was tricky...he wrote long question stems, but don't get intimidated by them, just figure out what the question is asking & try not to get caught up in the wording.

    We had Dr. M as the director for 1st semester anatomy, but I think you guys have Dr. B...Know the blue boxes and do Dr. M's Badly Answered Questions. If you can do those you probably understand the subject. And for the practical, ours was pretty much all brachial plexus/forearm with a little bit of back and scapular region thrown in. From what I remember, most of our practical questions for the first one were either straight IDs, or "what innervates this" questions.

    Feel free to PM me if you want. I could go on forever since this is my way of procrastinating.
    thankyou for the very informative post faith7110.

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    I'd say you should ask mspatel (http://www.valuemd.com/ross-universi...e-newbies.html) or (http://www.valuemd.com/ross-universi...pointless.html) ....she seems to know all the answers.

    But for a quick real answer.....Dr. B's biochem should just be counted as a loss. The details you will need to know for enzymes is ridiculous and as a 4th semester, I'd say unneccessary for medicine. For Dr. M's biochem, know everything he talked about (big and small font). His questions are very doable if you know his material well. For Dr. S's biochem, I'm not a sexist but it worked many times over, have a girl go ask him what is going to ask on the test....he'll usually spill the beans and tell you almost the exact question.

    Anatomy - I think you have some different teachers now, but for the 1st mini, just know the innervations, actions, and attachments for the muscles. For the 2nd mini, it was a lot of spacial comparisons so you needed to be able to picture the body in your head. Plus you have the practicals to bring you grade up.

    DPS - honestly, don't forget to study it. It might seem like common sense, but come test time, you won't be able to guess all of the statistics they may ask and common sense also tends to fly out of people's heads when they are anxious.

    Overall, like everyone else said, do questions. Pair up with someone(s) and quiz each other. It'll help you get an idea of what you do/don't know.
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