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How to study efficiently and effectively

Please trust me. Considerable amounts of research support using these two techniques:

  • Practice testing involves frequent pre- and post-testing of information as you review a specific area (e.g., a RxPrep chapter).
  • Distributed practice involves spreading out the learning as opposed to “cram sessions”. Distributed practice also recommends the use of the Cornell note-taking system.

Early evidence with Hampton students supports this research. Mock-NAPLEX scores increased by an absolute 22% after following this approach. Approximately 90% of students following this approach have passed the NAPLEX.

Tip #1: Write and recite (or how Professor Lyon prepared for the NAPLEX after having last taken it over 30 years ago and not having dispensed a prescription for over 20 years)

  • Reviewed one, and only one, RxPrep chapter prior to going to sleep
    • Took 2 nights for large chapters
  • Wrote down everything I didn’t know, by HAND, on a note pad
    • DO NOT USE A HIGHLIGHTER
  • For those things that I didn’t know I wrote my own Q&A in the margins (Cornell note taking system)
  • Ideally, I would have found a partner to take turns asking questions for each chapter (write and recite). Why? Verbally asking questions is a powerful way to learn the material.
  • Once I finished all the RxPrep chapters I put the book away
  • I repeated the process but using my handwritten notes
  • Wrote down everything I didn’t remember from my notes on a note pad
  • This resulted in a smaller set of notes
  • I did that one more time and ended up with ~10 pages of things that I wasn’t sure I remembered
  • Took the test and passed easily

Tip #2: RxPrep books contain more than you actually need

  • If it’s not in bold, italics, or underlined, then DO NOT WORRY ABOUT IT. That cuts down what you actually need to study by at least 75%.

Study Cards

Calculations

  • Pick a question. Here’s a link to a Quiz 1_calculations_2017 assessment provided by Drs. Andrews and Parker.
  • Use this approach
    • Identify the units requested by the question
    • Convert values in the question to those units (e.g., if they ask for an answer in grams, then convert the milligram values to grams)
    • Calculate in steps, writing down each step as you go
    • Be very NEAT
    • Do a “sniff test” of your answer. Does it make any sense? I saw an answer on a test that indicated the patient should receive 66 LITERS of fluid every hour by IV infusion.
  • Having problems with the question? Then try one of the videos on this YouTube channel:  Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Try again

Biostatistics and pharmacoeconomics

This Biostatistics and pharmacoeconomics PowerPoint includes a bit more than what I encountered on the NAPLEX examination.

Pharmacokinetics

  • Take the quiz in RxPrep and identify your weak areas
  • Watch one of the videos on this YouTube channel:  Pharmacokinetics
    • Write as you watch
  • Try again
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