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Active learning techniques for medical school

"[Learning] consists, not merely in the passive reception into the mind of a number of ideas hitherto unknown to it, but in the mind's energetic and simultaneous action upon and towards and among those new ideas"

John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University

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Make the most of lecture time

Make the most of lecture time

Pay attention and minimize distraction during lectures. Research shows taking notes by hand forces you to actively listen and decide what's important, and results in better long-term retention.

Remember that lectures are your opportunity for face time with experienced faculty. That’s what your tuition is for!

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Supercharge your study strategies

Supercharge your study strategies

The amount and intensity of new material required in medical school demands that learners adopt efficient and effective study strategies.

Check out this popular Storify from our September 2015 Twitter chat on study skills for medical students.

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Apply new knowledge through case and problem-based learning

Apply new knowledge through case and problem-based learning

Discuss clinically-relevant cases, with accompanying lab values, EMR notes and charges. We love ALiEM's Medical Education in Cases series.

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Build a repertoire of facilitation techniques

Build a repertoire of facilitation techniques

Explore a variety of facilitation techniques like content mapping, games, and Socratic questioning.

We recommend this new manual from the International Association of Medical Science Educators.

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Use gamification to make MedEd joyful

Use gamification to make MedEd joyful

Check out this study on an elective course that used social media-based quizzes and gamification to encourage student engagement with the material.

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Remember the details: setting and environment matter

Remember the details: setting and environment matter

Active learning strategies are enhanced by the right set-up. Environmental cues and comfortable furniture help anchor memories and facilitate open discussion.

Does your learning space need a jump start? Check out this Active Learning Center Grant from Steelcase. Applications open December 1 and it is open to US and Canadian colleges and universities.

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Need proof? Review the research

Need proof? Review the research

Active learners score higher on exams & have lower failure rates.

A new study finds that undergraduate students in classes with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that use more stimulating teaching techniques.