This post is contributed by Chris Berger, a nursing student at The University of San Francisco.
I would label myself as a visual learner; I rarely glean anything from lectures and I primarily rely on creating my own diagrams and worksheets to study. This works perfectly with my love for drawing and how frequently I’m asked to draw out a diagram or label figures on tests.
To start this process, I’ll pull out my anatomy textbook, open Google image search, and reference my lecture notes to decide what important structures I need to include. I do a quick sketch beforehand to decide on a layout. Then I spend an hour fleshing out the illustration using Procreate, an iPad drawing app, with Checkers (my cat) diligently double-checking my work.
In the past, I would drop these drawings into my worksheets and they worked great as reference points when reviewing the worksheet with my study group. Beyond that, I wouldn’t really refer back to them, and studying them just meant looking them over.
Now with Quizlet's new diagram feature, I can easily drag and drop my diagram illustrations into a Quizlet study set and create interactive, visual study material. The platform then generates a number of different activities I can use to effectively study my illustrations — like written questions, multiple choice and matching.
As a nursing student, I really appreciate how simple Quizlet diagrams has been to use and how it has breathed new light into my drawings and my studying.
Chris Berger is also a Supplemental Instructor for the sophomore level nursing courses primarily focusing on preparing students to take their HESI exam. In his spare time he is co-creating Tiny Science Club, a science podcast and blog diving into how chemistry, physics and biology are behind many of things we take for granted.