Medify NL: #01 The Forgetting Issue

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#01 The Forgetting Issue

One of the biggest things that stresses us out as medical people asides the volume of work is that when we make effort to learn the gaint pile of stuff, we end up forgetting more often than not. It can be quite frustrating and makes one want to give up but that’s not an option.

Today I’ll be sharing tips on better retention and also a few things you need to keep in mind when you find yourself forgetting.


Every successful doctor has had this struggle too, and some still do. They learnt the ways to be better and pushed through it. You can do the same.

Move past the forgetting, maybe you’ll remember if you don’t give up so fast. The harder you try to remember the better it will stick. That’s the idea behind exams and test. More on that later.

Forgetting doesn’t define you. It is not the indicator of how dumb or smart you are. Forgetting doesn’t automatically mean you don’t have the ability to remember. Don’t begin to see yourself as the kind of person that forgets. You have to actively fight that thought. Because if you begin to believe that, then you will also believe that there’s no way to fix the situation, that there’s no way to remember and that’s just the way you are. That is a lie. Don’t believe it! Believe that you can and do remember things, with time that will be your reality.



It’s rumoured that Albert Einstein said you don’t really understand a concept unless you can explain it to a 5 year old. A good question to ask yourself after you study something is, can you teach it to someone else? If you realize that you can’t, that probably means you don’t understand it yourself. So try it out. Try to teach your friend the next day. If you don’t have a friend you could teach, teach your pillow or the wall. Yes you heard that right, teach inanimate things. Just makes sure you get the info out of you so you can know what you’ve retained and what you need to check out.


Have you noticed that it’s things you get wrong in exams and tests that you remember the most. This is the whole idea behind testing and examining student. The very test and exam in itself are part of the learning process. So if you want to retain what you learn, take the time to test yourself. That might look differently for time to time. It might be you just making effort to remember something you learnt last week, but I must say that the best way to get this done is to answer questions and what makes it all the more better if you have past questions from your institution. That way you’re training yourself to learn the things that are expected of you and not excesses.

Spaced Repetition.

This involves spacing the time between when you first learn a concept and the next time you revisit it based off of how well you remember it. Let’s take for example I studied anatomy of the heart today. I schedule my revision for a week later, if by that time I remember most of the information correctly, I schedule my next revision for 3 weeks time. If the case is that I do not remember that well, I schedule my next revision for the next 3 days and repeat the process. It can be very tedious especially in medicine when you have a lot to learn, but if you’ve taken the testing part seriously you’ll know the parts that are important so you focus on that and apply this spaced repetition to those concepts.

People always say to study smart as though studying smart does also take time. The only difference is when you study smart you can be sure that your work is productive. Don’t be fooled into thinking it will require less dedication and commitment on your part. Put these things into practice for sometime, I’m sure they will work for you.

If this was helpful, please share with a medic. Thank you.

Have the best week!

Love, O.

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