Learning Styles and Study Tips

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How to study for medical school? 

Good question. Unfortunately, the answer is not that simple. 

We all learn differently — and the pace of medical school is extremely fast. The key is finding out what works for you! 

Make sure to check out the PDF of the presentation made by Doug Bennion (3rd year MD/PhD) and Phil Gilbo (MS4) to the UF COM Class of 2017:

Presentation on Study Styles and Learning Strategies (Bennion/Gilbo)

What do we recommend to students not accustomed to the pace of medical school?


Do you learn best by drawing diagrams or by reading an article? Do you prefer listening to a new subject or participating in a hands-on activity? Your top learning styles will help frame the techniques you should be using to learn the materials covered in class.  

We encourage all UFCOM students to find their top VARK Learning Styles through the VARK questionnaire (http://www.vark-learn.com/). It only takes 5 min to complete and the information provided can be key in increasing the effectiveness of your study time.

Below are a list of study tips and resources we designed for each learning style:

VARK Kinesthetic Learning Style 

VARK Visual Learning Style

VARK Read/Write Learning Style

VARK Auditory Learning Style


There are core principles and techniques used by medical students all over the United States. One idea that seems to work for most people is: PREVIEW, TAKE NOTES, REVIEW. Study Without Stress: Mastering Medical Sciences  (a book written for medical students) breaks down this concept and gives detailed explanations on how to organized a study schedule.


Let’s make one thing clear: the PDFs provided by faculty should be THE CORE of your study schedule! After all, quiz and exam questions will come from the material covered in class.

Now, a lot of us have trouble finding out what is high yield about a subject. That’s where other resources and practice questions come in.

We’ve made a link to several resources found most useful by students: http://www.pinterest.com/ufcompmap

Feel free to browse around the listed resources to find the author/book that works best with your learning style!

Yes…medical school can be a bit overwhelming. But, don’t worry! We are here to help! Feel free to contact us with any question/concerns/ideas at ufcom.pmap@gmail.com 


Ella Uwaibi and Tené Sablo, MS2s

PMAP Developers and Coordinators