I’m a dental student who is revising for my final exams that I have to sit in a couple of weeks time and I have really been struggling with the sheer volume of the information that I have to be able to recall for them. I have used the MP technique (to limited effect!) a few times now for various exams over the last few years and while I have found it can be helpful, I found it very time-consuming and the “images”/scenarios that I created for each loci in my MP were often so complex (6 or 7 pieces of information in each) that I often forgot parts of them.
With this in mind and considering the type of information that I need to mentally store, I have been looking at the Peg system and am curious as to whether any of the more experienced people on here might think that this would be a better way to go? I wondered if somebody might be able to advise me as to where I’m going wrong with it though as I seem to be struggling to incorporate the amount/type of information to each Peg when I am trying this.
For example I have used the typical Peg starting list (1-sun, 2-shoe etc) and tried to attach a particular oral disease to each peg but it seems that the words involved in the disease descriptions are very hard to translate into an image/scenario for the Peg and there is just too much information? For example (using the first of the attached images below for Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid) “1-sun” I create a mental image of the sun shining down very brightly on a giant red eye but where I’m falling down is working out how to get more information in - Words like “Nikolsky”, “subepithelial”, “pemphigoid” and the Immunoglobulins etc into a simple image that is easy to remember? When doing the MP technique each loci often had multiple “mini images” interacting with each other and it got very complicated very quickly!
As an example I have included some screenshots of a couple of slides that I have been trying this with (there are 70 slides like this that I have to remember!) and just wondered if anybody might be able to perhaps tell me how you yourself might go about creating an image/scenario for them? I think where I am going wrong is not necessarily that I can’t think of images or scenarios, it’s the thought process that is wrong?
The exams are of a number of different formats. Some of them are the “pick the correct answer from this list” type and others will be ‘short notes’ “tell us what you know about XYZ subject” format. Oral Medicine is only one of a number of disciplines that I need to sharpen up on but hopefully if I can get a little bit of guidance on the ‘how’ I can apply this to the other subject areas!
Any help would be very gratefully received!
Many thanks in advance!