Picmonic and First Aid = Top STEP 1 Scores

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Every year, as medical students prep for STEP 1 with First Aid for the USMLE they use Picmonic to increase retention for high yield topics as they go.

Picmonic helps students get the most value out of First Aid, by making it easy to review high yield facts and commit them to long term memory as they study. The Picmonic First Aid 2020 Playlist is hot off the digital presses covering over 1,200 topics that follows First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2020 page by page, to help you increase those final exam scores, and ultimately crush Step 1. 

Over 750,000 students from more than 200 medical schools use Picmonic and First Aid together, to help them with final exams and Step 1 preparation. Many of our devoted students have contacted us to let us know exactly how they study with Picmonic and First Aid. We thought these were great suggestions and we want to share them with you!

  1. Learn a few new Picmonic topics at the beginning of each day to get them in your mind. (It’s a nice way to start the day and exercise the brain.) Mark the topics you learn each day in your copy of First Aid.

  2. Follow along First Aid page by page. You can find this under the Books section of Browse.

  3. Use stickers (small stars or make your own!) and put them by each associated topic in First Aid. Do this before you even go through all of the Picmonic cards so you know when to login and check out a particular topic.

  4. When studying with First Aid, test your memory of the associated Picmonic image. If you’re still struggling with it, bookmark the topic in the Picmonic learning system so you know to spend more time on it later (there’s a Playlist with all your bookmarked Picmonics).First aid and picmonic

  5. If a particular fact within a topic in First Aid is giving you trouble, don’t worry. When you use the Picmonic quiz, the facts are added to your Spaced Repetition Queue. Our smart quizzing algorithm will make sure you are quizzed on them at the exact right time to maximize your long term memory (based on your % accuracy, a time delay, and other factors).

  6. Annotate, annotate, annotate. Make notes or draw pictures related to Picmonic to help you draw connections to each topic later when you’re flipping through pages. In Picmonic, you can even add your own custom facts to any topic in case there’s some additional details you’d like to recall. 

  7. Need a break from reading? We’ve got you. Take a break, go through a few random Picmonics, listen to the story audios, and have some fun! If you’re using Picmonic’s iOS or Android app, there’s even an option to autoplay a whole Playlist (we call this gym mode). The goal is to master all Picmonic topics before the BIG DAY and snag so many extra points.

  8. On the go? You can even download Picmonic videos and quizzes for offline use via our iOS and Android apps. 


Our experts say: If you are

…feeling sleepy because reading is not keeping you engaged,

…unmotivated and just want to kick start your study-day,

…depressed because you have so much more to study,

…forgetting those immune deficiencies for the third time,

…in the mood to be entertained,

then Picmonic is the right choice for you!

Good luck on your exam, The Picmonic Team

Go to Picmonic’s First Aid 2020 Playlist

Ron Robertson

Ron Robertson, Co-founder & CEO, Picmonic Inc.

Ron Robertson founded Picmonic as a 3rd-year medical student at the University of Arizona. He’s at the helm of Picmonic’s mission to lead and inspire a new era of learning through innovative and effective educational solutions. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of San Diego with a focus on memory science, is the product visionary behind Picmonic, and is involved in every aspect of the company.

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