a look back at year one, term three's revision notes

In term three of my first year, I tried something different with regards to my revision notes. I decided to only concentrate on the things I didn't remember as clearly as everything else I needed to know. I wrote all this out in an A5 notebook and added a little bit of colour where I thought it was needed. Sticky notes were used to add a bit of background colour and it was another way to separate the information into different sections.

After a few pages, there was a section for the sociology/population health side of my exams and again, I added some colour.

In terms of the practical exams, I wrote notes on some of the examinations that we may have to do on a mock patient or the questions we may have to ask a mock patient if they've come in to see a doctor.

Personally, I'm impressed that I've managed to keep my handwriting so neat considering how stressed I was about these exams. I'm going to try the same technique next year as it is so convenient having everything in one place and it also so much easier to tote around a notebook than a whole A4 folder full of a term's notes.

stationery additions from Ryman's!

A few weeks' ago, I wrote a guest post for Ryman's where I featured a few products from them. I thought I'd do a proper post talking about these products and why I chose them. 

From top left, clockwise: Acrylic three drawer storage, an A6 ruled Moleskine, transparent Magic Sticky Notes, Sharpie fineliners, a Paperblanks notebook and a pack of Staedtler Stick 430s.
Table storage is a pretty important thing to me - I often have a full table of notes when studying and so maximising storage space for my extensive stationery collection is essential. Not only that, I am very obsessed with ensuring that my workspace and room is kept as tidy as possible and storage definitely helps with that.

The Sharpie fineliners are perfect for when I draw out diagrams and I draw quite a few of them: mind maps, signalling pathways and reflex arcs are a few I've featured on my Instagram page.

The Magic Sticky Notes don't have any adhesive to them - they cling onto things through static alone and are re-usable if you use a whiteboard pen. I wanted to give these a try as conventional sticky notes were boring me a bit. A friend had also recommended the Magic Whiteboard to me but these sticky notes definitely appeal to me more. Just one thing though: I found that one of the magic sticky notes has curled up and lost it's ability to cling to things. I originally had it on my bookshelf (a shiny white Expedit) and I found it on the floor today, all curled up. I'm unsure why as it isn't near a heater but it is near sunlight so maybe that played a part?

A6 notebooks are something I can't ever have enough of due to their useful pocket size. Finally, a Paperblanks notebook - can you believe this is my first one? The cover is silk and the quality of the paper is just amazing. In the past, I've found it hard to like Paperblanks notebooks as I've found their designs a bit weird (for want of a better word) but this one definitely appealed to me a lot more. It is pretty and aesthetically pleasing in an understated way and though I usually prefer elastic closures, a magnetic one makes a nice change.

All of these products are welcome additions to my stationery collection and workspace area and I can't wait to put them all into use :)

my week #131

During this academic year, we do five or six week blocks of group work and then clinical attachments. This week marked the end of a block of group work and on Monday, I start my first clinical placement. I am a little scared but also very excited. There is nothing like putting into practice all the theory we have learnt over the past thirteen months!

On Wednesday, one of my friends and I went to see Gone Girl. Having read the book, the film wasn't as good for me as it was for him (he hadn't read the book) because I knew exactly what the next twist would be. The acting was pretty good and Rosamund Pike made a very convincing Amy Elliott Dunne!

How has your week been?