Hello my lovely readers! When it comes to studying and learning, I tend to use different resources other than my lectures to really understand the material. We all learn in different ways: visual learners, auditory learners, reading/writing learners, and so we often need some reinforcements to help us learn. Today, I'm sharing some of my favorite resources!
First, I want to talk a bit about learning styles.
I found some quizzes online and took one from EducationPlanner.org
My results were:
30% auditory - you learn by hearing and listening. You understand and remember things you have heard. You store information by the way it sounds, and you have an easier time understanding spoken instructions than written ones. You often learn by reading out loud because you have to hear it or speak it in order to know it.
40% visual - you learn by reading or seeing pictures. You understand and remember things by sight. You can picture what you are learning in your head, and you learn best by using methods that are primarily visual. You like to see what you are learning.
30% tactical- you learn by touching and doing. You understand and remember things through physical movement. You are a "hands-on" learner who prefers to touch, move, build, or draw what you learn, and you tend to learn better when some type of physical activity is involved
I agree with these results because I don't think I learn the best in one specific way but in a variety of ways, from videos, to model kits, to reading chapters. Try out the quiz and comment what your results are! Today I'll be sharing a variety of resources that have helped me learn!
AK Lectures rocks! I have used these videos to study for topics such as biology, chemistry, and biochemistry. I really love this channel for many reasons. First, the content he goes over always matches up really well with that we learned in class. In these videos, he breaks down the topics really well and draws on the white board which really helps me visualize the topics. Whenever I need some help understanding something, I always go to the channel and see if he had a video on it. Check out the channel here.
This was my number one resource when I took Organic 1!! Leah4Sci breaks down organic 1 in a way that I was always able to understand. I watched her videos and used her notes that were free to download, now that I think back on it I think I was really inspired by her website to start sharing notes in a similar way! Her videos made organic super clear, especially topics I struggled with such as stereochemistry.
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language
This book is a lifesaver. I highly recommend it to anyone taking organic chemistry, your professors may recommend it too and I say it is worth the buy. There is also another book that goes over topics you will learn in organic chemistry 2 and I recommend that as well. I went through these book chapters as I was making my notes and studying. Even if you are not much of a book reader, I found these super easy to read and understand. The showed mechanisms step by step and go over common mistakes that students often make.
Organic Chemistry Model Kit
If you are a tactical learner, you may find this organic chemistry modeling kit really helpful! It helps me a lot with stereochemistry, in fact I brought back out this kit last week when I was studying for biochemistry. Sometimes chemistry can be hard to visualize and having a modeling kit can really help.
Khan Academy is really great for a variety of topics. I really used them mostly for my biology classes, the articles and videos really helped me with Genetics as you see above. When I'm looking for a good article to read rather than a Youtube video I usually turn to Khan Academy because I know it will be reliable and well-explained.
This Youtube channel is great! I have watched the episodes on their Cell Signaling playlist which were really helpful for my cellular biology courses. When watching these videos, I follow along the video and draw the pathways in my notes. I think this really helps with my visual learning, it is really key for me to draw out pathways to understand them. This channel also has a lot of videos related to medicine!
I just had to add Notability to this list, it is the app I use to take notes on and it has completely changed the way I take notes for my college classes. I linked my video above to share more information about the app!
Want to keep up with more of my favorite resources? I've made an Amazon list with some of my study essentials: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/F7K4I03F93W0?ref_=wl_share
Is there anything of my favorite resources that you use too?
Let me know! Comment below to share more resources with others.
Thanks for reading,