Prematriculating Medical Students


Start Strong: Prepare for Academic Success!

To help you prepare for the transition to medical school, examine one or more of the following resources.

Learning and Studying in Medical Education


  • Study without Stress: Mastering Medical Sciences by Kelman and Straker (2000). I highly recommend this book as one of your “go to” resources for tips and strategies related to time management, study schedules, prereading, reading and note making, creating study aids, self-testing, test-taking strategies, and more.

  • How to Excel in Medical School by Saks and Saks (2007). This book provides an overview of effective study strategies, and then offers specific approaches to studying content (e.g., anatomy, biochemistry, pathophysiology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, neuroscience, and physiology).


  •  Success in Medical School: Insider Advice for the Preclinical Years by Desai and Katta (2012). Explore this book for tips and strategies focused on preclinical courses, USMLE Step 1, taking patient history, physical exams, research, service, well-being, professionalism, and more.


  •  How to Study Video Series. Access this video series developed by Dr. Stephen Chew, Professor and Chair, Psychology Department, Belmont University, to learn how to develop a mindset for learning, correct misconceptions about learning, learn how to learn, optimize learning, and respond to a bad grade on an exam.


  • How to Study for Standardized Tests by Sefcik, Bice, & Prerost (2013). This book offers practice, easy to implement strategies focused on understanding test blueprints, strategies for obtaining high scores, identifying resources, managing time, practicing skills, enhancing performance, managing the clock, minimizing test anxiety, and more!


  • Make it Stick by Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel (2014). This book draws on timely research in cognitive psychology and offers concrete techniques for making learning easier and more durable.

Note-Making Resources

  • Organizing Notes in Medical School and Residency. This blog, by medical students at Baylor College of Medicine, overviews various apps used to help organize notes, effective tools in apps (e.g., find), and offer tips for studying using notes.


Courses or Programs on Learning and Study Topics