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Spaced repetition and the Pomodoro Technique

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Studying for an exam is hard work, and most students will have experienced the pressure to cram as much learning as they can into a short space of time. During my undergraduate and postgraduate study days I remember spending long chunks of time chained to the library study desks before an exam or piece of coursework was due. It turns out that relying on big blocks of study time might not be the best way to do it after all. There has been a lot of research in the last few years done on the most efficient and effective ways to study, and something which comes up time and again is the concept of spaced repetition. A popular method which has spaced repetition at it’s core is the Pomodoro Technique.

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MedSocs: Earn £10,000 with Synap!

MEDICAL SOCIETIES – How would you like to earn between £1,000 and £10,000 for your society, whilst offering your members exclusive discounts on the world’s most powerful medical education tool?

If so, we’ve got some good news for you because that’s exactly what we’re doing! This September, Synap will be launching some brand new features, which will give medical students and junior doctors access to thousands of professionally written, peer-reviewed MCQs to help their studying throughout the year.

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The Moocs Revolution

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For the first time ever, UK students will be able to take part in massive open online courses (Moocs) as part of their degree accreditation. These open access, free online learning programmes have been around since 2008, but they have never counted towards achieving a traditional degree in the UK before. The University of the People, an American online university, has been awarding degrees based purely on online study, free of tuition fees, since 2009, and has helped thousands of students achieve their degrees without the high price tag of traditional learning. Now, the UK is following suit with the University of Leeds and the Open University leading the way with the Moocs revolution.

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Funny Teaching Experiences – Our Top 12 Picks!

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 As we enter the last week of school across the country, teachers and students begin to meet on common ground, putting aside their disputes and sharing the same warm optimism for sunshine this summer. At this time of year, teachers often feel worn down from the endless lesson planning and emotionally drained from the constant pressure to hit and exceed targets in all shapes and forms. For teachers in particular, the summer holiday is a a much-desired (and in most cases, much-deserved) break from well, teaching.

As a teacher of science, here’s a reminder of the top 12 fun, light-hearted and hilarious funny teaching experiences – from my own experiences and those shared by other teachers.

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You are not alone!

For those still feeling the exam blues, chained to their desk, awaiting the next time they can reasonably justify an unnecessary coffee break – we’ve got news! You are not alone in your times of stress.

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The ‘Screw It’ Moment in Medical Education

Every year, thousands of bright-eyed teenagers start a 5 year journey to becoming doctors. In the beginning, their excitement is palpable: they want to learn as much as they can about the human body and mind, what can go wrong and how to save lives. But at some point, that excitement and desire to learn for it’s own sake is replaced by the pressures of passing exams and ‘getting through’ the course. Why is that, and what should we do about it?

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Meet the Synap Ambassadors: Stacey Mcwee

This week we have nursing student Stacey McWee in the spotlight representing the University of West Scotland. Continuing reading to see why she wanted to become a Synap ambassador, how she intends to use her role to help the community and the bizarre circumstances that lead to her making the headlines in Scottish paper ‘the daily record’.

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Meet the Ambassadors–Indrajeet Mandal

This week we have Indrajeet in the spotlight. After spending last summer as an intern at Synap he has come back to re-join us as one of our ambassadors. Keep reading to to see why Indrajeet choose to get involved and what he wants to brings to the Synap community.


Indrajeet Mandal – Indra or Indy

Synap Ambassador

Medical Student at UCL

Startup Advisor for UCL Entrepreneurs

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Meet The Synap Ambassadors – Savva Pronin

We have been recruiting new medical student ambassadors to lead the Synap revolution! This week we have the spotlight on Savva Pronin from the University of Edinburgh. Read on to learn more about Savva, his excitement about joining the Synap crew, and defending your home with a crowbar.

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Savva Pronin

Medical Student at the University of Edinburgh

Synap Ambassador

Societies and clubs; Royal Medical Society, MedTech Edinburgh, Anatomy Study Group, Kendo Club, Medic Mentoring and Doctorpreneurs.

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Stalking Synap: James Gupta Interview

This week we caught up with Synap Founder and CEO, James Gupta. We put him in the spotlight with some tough questions, to put him through his paces. See what the Synap CEO has to say on everything from scaling a start-up to desert island preparations.

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