College is notoriously costly.
Studying for college shouldn’t plummet you into further debt.
And studying for Pharmacology? A sticky tricky, often time ineffective mess. As a nursing student, pharmacology proved to be one of my most challenging courses wherein I spent more time scouring the web and my local library than I did completing assignments and tests. Confounded by large pages crammed with tiny words and stupefying terminology, I often gave up when reading course textbooks or listening to course lectures. I lacked fundamental knowledge that made my attempts at memorizing (and pronouncing) medication names seem all the more senseless.
Here are five resources that helped me not only endure pharmacology but reign triumphant:
Understanding Remedial Info
Memorable Psychology is a small YouTube channel I chanced upon during a night-before-midterm study scramble. While the videos don’t go too in depth or cover all of the relevant medications you’ll be studying, the channel’s Memorable Psychopharmacology playlist supplies remedial info in a clear, concise, and student-friendly manner. You’ll definitely return to this playlist prior to your NCLEX.
Desired Drug Effects on Body
Armando Hasudungan is the creator of his titular channel which features a treasure trove of information for students entering the medical field. His pharmacology playlist, pictured above, specifically focuses on drug effects on the body. This channel was paramount to my success in my prerequisite nursing courses. While not delving into particular drugs, Armando focuses on drug classes and their desired physiological responses.
Specific Drug Mechanisms Bite-sized
As the channel’s name implies, Speed Pharmacology explains your drug classes with delightful speed. These videos were my pre-test study material. Reams of textbook information are chopped and put into visuals that stick.
Memorizing Drug Names
You’ve gathered somewhat of a basic understanding of the many drug classes and their effects. Now it’s time to narrow in on the specific drugs and their generic and trade names. Many of these are polysyllabic and have, what should be, an illegal amount of consonants that make them nearly impossible to pronounce. PicmonicVideo has three “Drug Endings” videos that make this process bearable.
When All That’s Left is to Hammer it in…
The MedMaster Podcast hosted by RN Jon Haas is the perfect complement to your nursing studies. Convenient for commutes of all duration, this podcast goes over one medication per (usually less than five minute) episode, hammering in information that will prepare you for your pharmacology exam or NCLEX. Like most other courses I took in my nursing degree, there came a point when sheer strength of will couldn’t make information stick. Repetition became vital. This podcast proved perfect and its source site, nrsng.com, has a cache of material I recommend checking out for your continued studies.
What other resources have helped you pass Pharmacology? Let others know below.