I have been reading your blog about being a med student. I am also an MD1 student not in St. James, but Xavier bonaire. I think the classes and schoolwork is somewhat similar. could you please let me know what study method worked for you in MD1 and if you have any pointers they would be appreciated.
PS. I am finding Anatomy especially more time consuming that histology.
Well MD1 went fairly well, and i can give you some pointers that helped me out. For histology, i used to study everyday because histology is very tough for us, so i would give atleast 3-4 hours to histology everyday, and i would go over each page read every sentence, make sure i understand it and then move on. At the end of the page, i would recall what i have learned on the page and refresh my memory. I did that with every lecture, and then before a couple of days before the exam i would study the lectures again, that worked for me for histology.
For anatomy, I had a really different approach, try to keep ATlas with you or even better get the Atlas on CD, it mostly comes with the book. Whatever you are studying the bone or the structure or muscle, look at it visually, keep the picture beside you, the good thing about CD is that you can easily search for what you are looking for so it saves time. Anatomy is very visual so if you take the prospective it will be more fun, and while you are looking at the picture you will look at other muscles or bones that might be relevant then but you will learn about it later on in anatomy, could even be after some days so it helps stay better in memory.
Regarding embryology, study how each of the organs are develop and where they coming from, make a chart if that helps, just make sure your understanding is clear where its coming from and you will recognize patterns which will help you study. But the most important thing is differentiating symptoms between the different Clinical conditions, the deformities that may occur if something goes wrong during embryo-logical development. Just make sure to have those things clear in your mind, like symptoms shows when duodenum sternosis or atresia happens.
Ethics is very straight forward just read the notes, pick out the important information write is on a notepad and then review that before exam.
Please note this is this is what worked for me it might not work for everyone. For other study methods read Simple Study Methods