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Tips for Exam by Nur Asyhraff

May 8, 2010

By: Dr^Waqipedia

My best friend, Nur Asyhraff from PMC, he is currently in his final year, tagged me in his notes; tips for clinical year examination. The tips are extremely great and can simply be applied. Most importantly, in principle, it also can be applied for pre-clinical students. I hope the notes will be handy and useful for all medical students especially CUCMS students. Read it and apply it at once.

  1. General Tips
  • Baca buku yang anda sudah familiar
  • Buat framework dan cara menghafal tersendiri. setiap orang ada kelebihan masing-masing. explore cara menghafal anda
  • Jadikan diri seperti span yang menyerap segala ilmu dari sesiapa sahaja yang anda dengar
  • Don’t try to start reading new books if you never read it before. This make you unnecessarily stress and it tends to distract and confuse you
  • Don’t try to finish Kumar and Clark or CPG if you never start it before

  1. First step – Inserting knowledge into short term memory
  • In learning, you will stumble upon new things- new words, jargons, new books, new note, new lecturers
  • This new things/Jargon will you feel bored, tired, lethargy, malaise & so on
  • Therefore, jargon is better heard and remembered from listening from friends and teacher
  • However, concept is better understood from books with good explanations such as Kumar and Clark or OHCM
  • Jot down the jargon and the explanation into your notes


  1. Second step – Inserting knowledge from short term memory into long term memory

    “The next day or the next 12hours try to recall it by talking to yourself, whether you remember it or not. Don’t refer to your notes first. Just jot down whatever you know then refer back to your notes, and rectify your mistakes and add more points. Try to recall it next day, until you really remember it.”

  • Pelbagaikan cara menghafal- Jangan ikut cara tradisional seorang nerd. Duduk sorang2 Sepi keseorangan di library, sambil menghadap buku selama 5jam
  • Anda akan mengantuk jika cara belajar sehala dan berjumpa dengan jargon (Anda berlagak ingin jadi nerd, sedangkan anda seorang yang cool)
  • Buat latihan 
  • Buat mcq, short cases, past year papers 
  • Buat nota, sibukkan diri dengan aktiviti yang pelbagai
  • Baca tutorial lama
  • Buat perbincangan


  1. Last step – Changing your long term memory into brainstem (Make it a Habit)
    Ok, since we now have 3 weeks before exam (hah?! really ah?)
  • Make sure semua nota yang basic sudah ada. Just tambah je input baru
  • Nota yang ada. Ajarkan pada orang lain. Berkongsi dan Tanya apa tak tahu atau tertinggal daripada notes. Don’t use new books because it makes your brain tired. Just use the old notes you has. Look at it again and again, until your brain recognize it and used to it.


  1. In the hospital
  • Make a list of common cases that should be covered in the ward. Make sure you have good examination skills, because you have to be able to elicit signs now.
  • Present your case to your colleagues and discuss about the cases and management. Let them critics you. Be open.

    Just a short note

  • Short term memory is initiated by using the right brain and the left brain. To start using right brain, u must have the prerequisite knowledge (able to use new words and jargon). Then, start developing framework (use right brain) such as- definition, pathophysiology, sign and symptoms, risk factors, differential diagnosis, complication, investigation, management. 
  • After that, sit down without books- just jot down anything that you remember.
  • Then look back to the book or lecture notes, or tutorial, and start rectifying your mistakes in the notes.
  • Then insert it to long term memory by keep repeating it next week.
  • If you are able to blur it out spontaneously when being asked by friend, it means that knowledge is already in your brainstem (becomes your habit).
  • Again, my style might be different from your style. 
  • Explore your strength, because you are unique, just like everyone else. ;p

    So Ilmu (knowledge) –> Iman (belief!) –> Amal (habit)

  1. My old notes on: 10 steps to initiate learning
    1. Go to lectures, read lots and lots of books, newspaper, and dictionary to get to familiarize with the words/jargons.
    2. Practise and use the words/protocol until you understand and able to use it
    3. Use it again and again, repeat it again and again to yourself and others.
    4. Construct a framework of thinking on the subject.
    5. Start intuitive thinking. Just jot down whatever you have in mind.
    6. Start from problem based learning. Read cases from books.
    7. Discuss with the others about the problem.
    8. Argue with others until you reached matured arguments.
    9. When the argument finished, look at the text book and rectify and add more points.
    10. Teach others
One Comment leave one →
  1. may permalink
    May 11, 2010 2.45 pm05

    this is quite beneficial really..thanx for the tips

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