Hi - I am a 18yo that has just started my EMT collage corse with zero medical knowledge. Can someone please give some tips on studying and what my main focuses should be going through this next semester.

  1. I have not done a PCR yet but I will do so in the future. Do you just sit down and take more time because you are checking for spelling and grammar on your phone? Nowadays, I am typing on my phone and computer, so it corrects my mistakes or proves suggestions for me.

  2. EMT courses can sometimes be overhyped in my opinion. In my experience, the people that fail EMT do so because they don't study effectively or don't put in the work in learning skills.

  3. Anatomy and Physiology was tough for me. You’ll learn this but ABC’s always first. Read the textbook. It seems like a hassle but it pays in the long run.

  4. I’m in class too and it’s best to stay ahead and read the chapter before you make it to the lecture that way you have a basic understanding and then after the lecture study the chapter

  5. Take time to read the chapters, highlight the important parts, take notes, listen to an audiobook. I was 18 y/o when i started and also didn’t have any medical knowledge. Also don’t worry about if someone seems know more, there will be people in there with different medical backgrounds already.

  6. In my opinion, you need to focus on patient assessment a lot. That was the scariest part about the course for me. It’s also very important to be comfy with right out of the gate. A lot of the stuff taught in the course can be learned on the truck, but patient assessment is something you want to be able to get out there and do right away.

  7. I would argue it's the one thing that you can't actually learn in school. Sure you can rattle off the skill sheet right out of school, but no one who's been working for a couple years actually has an assessment that flows that way

  8. Build a strong base, take notes, if you want to make this a career study like your life depends on it. If you have the time, use the pomodoro approach to studying and use ANKI flash cards on your phone or tablet. It’ll help the spatial repetition.

  9. My EMT collage course mostly involved glue and paper. I would recommend Elmer’s liquid personally but I always want to eat it so I switched to store brand glue sticks. As far as paper goes, try and get some good cardstock or thicker paper. If it’s too thin the glue will tear it while applying or wrinkle it when it dries. And no matter how pretty the colors are don’t eat it all! After 15 or so sheets your tummy will hurt.

  10. I read the chapter before class so I would know which questions to ask. And by "read" I mean "listened", because the Orange book had an online component that included the audiobook. I had a long commute, so it was one way for me to multitask. When I got home after class, I studied the physical chapter and did the practice quiz online.

  11. Read your textbook and make sure you understand every part of it. I had to read each chapter more than once.

  12. Actually READ the text book and take notes. I took tons of notes on my computer in Word docs. Finding someone to practice assessments on outside of class helps too.

  13. Pay special attention to anatomy and physiology, everything would start making sense when you have basic understanding of those concepts. That and you'll need more in depth knowledge if you plan on going to paramedic

  14. I'm not an EMT but an occupational therapist and have been in the medical field for over 30 years so I would suggest knowing your latin and greek word origins. It sounds silly but knowing things like cephalo for head, nephro for kidney, leuko is white will help you understand the medical language so you don't have to stop and look something up you can figure it out based on your the root words.

  15. Take All of the words you were told in class and see how they connect. Making connections and really understanding how things work will make the real necessary NREMT studying way easier. There’s a reason for everything In the medical field

  16. Honestly it’s not that hard if you study even 15 minutes of the large concepts per chapter. I know everyone says 2 hours per hour of lecture and I know that it is a personal thing for sure in terms of how well you learn, but I got by just reviewing large concepts and diseases/symptoms and not stressing about every little thing. Practice your skills a lot, you’ll need it for skills exams and the National skills test. You’ll know if you know your material or not before exams and skills based off your prep, so if you’re going into everything unsure maybe change up the strat

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