What’s the point of writing reams of notes that sit in folders on your desk or tucked away on your hard drive? The only way you will be able to memorise what’s on them is by repetetive exposure & reading. Writing notes for 9 months and revising them in 3 months is a crazy strategy for this exam, there is simply too much information.
How can you expose yourself to the information in your notes more regulalry? By storing them somewhere accessible. Options for this include:
1) On a USB stick:
The advantages are that they are portable, will usually be accessible at work (although some hospitals block USB access), and are easy to update.
The downside is you need to keep it with you all the time, and USB sticks are easy to lose, and tend to get stolen out of computers if you walk off & leave it there (as the defence force & the Qantas Club).
2) On your own website
If you have a home internet account, most ISP’s will provide you with some fress storage space. This can be easily accessed with simple, free FTP (file transfer protocol) programs like Filezilla, CyberDuck and others. This means you can access your notes anyhwere there is an internet connection, and as your collection grows you will have your own compendium of Emergency Medicine at your fingertips. This can be extremely useful at work, and avoids the risk of losing them on a USB stick.
3) Keep them on your iphone
There are many iphone apps that act as file managers. One of the better ones we’ve found is FileApp. This way you can keep copies of your notes on your phone, and read them anywhere, anytime. Waiting to catch a plane? (to the exam course…). Read up on complications of Colle’s fractures. Standing in the checkout que at the supermarket? Have a quick glance at the causes of hyponatraemia. Having your notes with you everywhere is invaluable.
BUT I HANDWRITE MY NOTES!
Don’t worry. The best place to handwrite your notes is on 5in x 8in index cards. They are easy to store, they force you to be succinct, and they are easy to scan or take digital photos of and upload onto your website or iphone (eg with FileApp) and that way you have them with you wherever you go!