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    Memorization Vs. Learning/Understanding

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    Hey everyone. I'm a senior undergraduate student in NY. After completing almost all of my science classes I have come to see that science classes are either thought in a manner where it becomes paramount that you mindlessly memorize pages upon pages of notes (and in doing so do not necessarily need to read the textbook) OR those that do not stress the really specific tidbits of info are more concept/problem solving based (this often requires reading the textbook).

    The classes where you read the textbooks are so much better because, like one of my teachers said "if u memorize something, your bound to forget..but if u truly learn something, you'll take it to the grave"

    In addition to increased learning in these classes, the fact you are reading scientific information consequently improves your reading skills, which also helps tremendously in exams like the MCAT, USMLEs, etc.

    Now, my question is how many classes at SGU promote learning and how many force students to memorize facts (which will bound to be forgotten after the progression of X time).

    I realize that some classes like Histology and Anatomy are memorization based and I guess that is to be accepted due to the type of information they provide.

    However, my main concern is that I don't want to mindlessly memorize information in order to get a good grade on a test (for class) but not have any sort of conceptual understanding of that respective topic (which becomes critical when the USMLE comes).

    I was hoping current students could shed some insight into these matters.

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    Well, as you said, it to an extent depends on the class... Anatomy, Histology, etc are pure memorization just because of the nature of the information to be learned. Biochemistry starts a bit of integrative thinking, Physiology has more of it, and I hear (though I haven't taken it yet) Pathology requires the most amount of integrative thinking, rather than pure memorization. You will have to memorize facts for all classes, just some are able to test on integrative/synthesizing/applying clinically type questions due to the nature of the material.

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    I have to agree with emt. Histo and gross are memorization. Embryo is a cram session, if even remember one fact form that course its onyl becasue it was gone over it pathology this term. Physiology, Immuno, and Pathology are more conceptual. I put in alot of work for Physio and Immuno and my fourth term has been SO MUCH EASIER. I have my path final on monday and I am off to the beach today! Biochem can go either way.

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