Memory-Jogging Helps Vet Techs’ Brains

Veterinary Technology students

Veterinary Technology students, Chelsey Larson, Colleen Hanson and Shelia Robson work on a match

There was a different atmosphere in the commons during mid-term week at Globe University-Madison West. The TV was off while several students in the veterinary technology degree program sat on the floor surrounding more than 100 index cards placed faced down on the floor. Many wondered just what were they doing?

Students in Parasitology, Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Skills and Advanced Veterinary Clinical Skills reviewed material by participating in a Mid-Term Memory game that vet tech instructor Laura Teed created.

The vet tech students were split up into teams where the goal was to collect the most matched cards. There was a question card and answer card which covered material in their class that could be covered in their mid-term exams.

For example, in the parasitology class, question cards had photos of different specimens one would see under a microscope. Students need to match that card with the correct card which identified what the parasite was.

Laura explained how the game came to be and the goal.

“In my classes I always set time aside to review material that could be in the mid-term,” Laura said. “Usually, I’ve done the Jeopardy game approach, but I’ve developed a lot of study guide note cards and realized I could adjust them to fit an element of a memory game. My goal was to give my students an opportunity to have fun and stress-free study session all while jogging their brains and helping them retain information.”

Successful study habits

Students cheer as they celebrate their first match.

Jessica Ringstad, a student in the veterinary technology program, said, “I liked it because it was an easier and fun way to study. I also liked how it wasn’t just matching questions to answers. Laura also created cards where you had to describe answers, such as the life cycle of a heartworm; this also helped me remember the material. It was a great way to jog my memory.” 

Students cheer as they celebrate their first match.

Cristina Carpentier, another student in the veterinary technology program, said, “I found it useful because it was our review of all the questions that possibly could go into the mid-term.  It gave me an idea on what material I may need to go over again and also it was really fun, it was way better than listening to a discussion.  On top of the game, I made time for myself to review the material over and over again. I just finished my mid-term and I think I did really well, better than what I thought I would.”

Students cheer as they celebrate their first match.

Laura added, “I was surprised how interactive my students were while playing the game. Usually there are a few that have a harder time with participating, but with this game I didn’t see that. I really think students got a lot out of it and it’s definitely something I plan to implement in future veterinary technology classes.”

Mid-term memory game is just one example of a great study tool for exams. What works for some may not work for others. What study habits work for you? Share with us by commenting below.