I was hoping to get some feedback on my approach to organizing/studying notes from extensive texts. I am currently doing a residency in Pathology, and one of our foundational textbooks is called Robbins Pathologic Basis for Disease.
My approach right now is to create pages (e.g., [[Chapter 1 - The Cell]], [[Chapter 2 - Cell Injury]], etc.) and, within these pages, write out what I think are the essential parts of that chapter. It’s also important to note that I write out each block as a flashcard as I sync my notes to Anki for studying purposes as we write a large exam towards our final year which is heavily based on this text. An example of a block would look like this:
Two most common forms of DNA variation in the human genome and def: #card
- Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs)
** Variations at single nucleotide positions.
** Almost always biallelic (only two choices exist at a given site within the population such as A or T)
- Copy number variations (CNV)
** Different numbers of large contiguous stretches of DNA; 1k to millions of base pairs.
** They can be biallelic, duplicated or deleted
My main concern is around combining this information with future learning. For example, there will be cancers that result from SNPs, and I imagine it will be helpful to link the cancer page to a page on SNPs rather than to a block in a page that refers to a book chapter.
Instead of writing my notes within the book chapter page, I could write references to pages and write the note there. For example, instead of having the block on DNA variation, I would create a page link like [[DNA Variation]] and then fill out that page with information from the book. The actual book chapter page only having a reference to [[DNA Variation]] rather than having the note typed out there. But that seems like it would take a lot more time as I would be creating all these pages, guessing what will be important in the future.
I would appreciate any thoughts this community has on my approach and any suggestions! Reading this myself is a little confusing, so let me know if anything needs to be clarified!