by Morgan Peters, SPAS 2018
Dear Incoming Students,
If you are anything like me, I was excited to get all my school supplies set and ready to go before the first day. I had been out of school for a while so I went out and bought binders, paper, pens, pencils and everything else in the back-to-school aisle. During undergrad, I printed all the professors’ Power Points, took notes on them and organized them in binders. After beginning the program, I quickly realized this same technique wasn’t going to work for me. In the PA program at MBKU, there are way too many slides to print and sometimes they aren’t up prior to class.
Instead of continuing to struggle, I asked some classmates what they did and they said they were using OneNote (part of Microsoft Office). One Note is great because I can still mark up the slides as I would on paper but I don’t have to print anything. I still print some things like anatomy and physiology, but the rest is all on OneNote. Even better, it automatically saves every few seconds so you don’t lose any work.
Ultimately, you’re going to have to find what works best for you to study and stay organized. Most of my classmates make charts for the conditions in each module. I’ve tried many other techniques like flashcards, hand-writing notes, and just re-reading the slides but making charts has definitely been the most helpful.
Go nuts on colored pens and highlighters and Post-Its if that’s your thing, but make sure you also invest in a good backpack. We have to bring our computers and heavy books to class pretty frequently so save your arms!
I hope this beginner list helps when you start thinking about supplies. For me, the biggest “find” was ditching the old hard-copy way of studying and going electronic via OneNote. Also, skip the note cards if you can resist – put that money toward a backpack instead.