Have you ever asked yourself what must I do to be a successful pharmacy student? If the answer is yes, then you are not alone.
Almost every pharmacy student has pondered this question at some point in time.
In fact, we have seen a surge in the number of students who have asked us this very question in recent months.
Normally, we direct students to our blog post on 4 Tips on How to Study in Pharmacy School.
However, academic success is only one component of being a successful pharmacy student and so we share some additional credible advice on other important areas too.
These trusted tips are now available to all in the ebook "104 Tips for Successful Pharmacy Students". Below are 10 trusted tips from the book.
1. Be Strategic
Determine your academic goals before each semester begins. Decide the GPA you want to achieve.
Make a list of all the courses you will be taking and figure out the grades you need for each course to achieve your target GPA.
Plan out what it would take to attain those grades. Be specific. Plan what you would do for each exam, assignment, project etc.
Determine the time and resources it would take to execute your plan. Once your plan is clear, commit to execute it.
The more thorough the planning and execution the easier life would be during the semester.
2. Stay Organized
There is a limited amount of time to study, do your research, head to the labs and enjoy your extracurricular moments. The little time you have should be well utilized so that you do not lag in any area. Having a timetable for your activities is the best way to keep organized.
3. Take Good Notes
Taking good notes is necessary for academic success. There are several note-taking systems such as the Cornell, Mapping and Outline methods. However, writing your notes is the best way to ensure comprehension and a good recall.
4. Study with Others
Studying in a group has several benefits. You can engage in meaningful discussions. It also helps deal with the problem of procrastination.
Moreover, you can have a verbal interchange on some difficult topics to enhance comprehension.
5. Deal with Distractions
If you are not fully concentrating on your study, there are chances that you do not understand what you are studying.
Find a place where you have little disturbance. You should consider putting the phone on silent mode, switching off the TV, and logging out of social media platforms.
6. Use resources available to the maximum
Utilize all the resources available at your disposal. Meet your professor when you have problems with certain areas. Seek additional resources in the library and on the internet in areas where you are weak.
7. Take Breaks
If you study for extended periods without breaks, the chances are that you are going to forget quickly and not grasp key concepts. Take a short break every few hours to refresh and restore mental energy.
8. Avoid Cramming
Many students pull a nighter just before their exams. Unfortunately, it only puts stress on their brain as they do not retain the concepts.
Avoid cramming by planning your study such that you will have gone through major concepts before the exam time.
9. Eat Healthy Food
Taking a balanced diet is essential for proper brain function and good general health. Cut down on fast foods and sugary edibles as it lowers your mental sharpness.
10. Enhance your skimming strategies
Learn how to go through large amounts of work and pick important concepts on the go. Start by writing good notes and noting the important concepts as you revise. Skimming helps when you are out of time and need to revise large amounts of work.
So here are the first 10 tips from the ebook "104 Tips for Successful Pharmacy Students". Give them a try. Let us know if you need any help implementing them to achieve your goal of being an accomplished pharmacy student. Do you have any tips of your own? Share them in the comments box below.