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My top 5 resources for pharmaceutical science

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Faculty: Health, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Allied Health and Social Care
Course: BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science
Category: Student blogs

26 May 2023

Adriana Borges

I am a 3rd-year pharmaceutical science student at ARU, and throughout the years I have used several resources to complete my assignments and progress. I wanted to share my top 5 with you, these were crucial for me since I am a very visual learner!

1. Alila Medical Media on Youtube

This channel produces simple and clear mini-lectures to explain different topics that are important in this course, these include Human Anatomy and Physiology; Metabolism; Pharmacology; and Microbiology. This channel really helped me with Human Anatomy and Physiology, by using keywords and diagrams that are easily memorised.

2. Doodles in the Membrane on Youtube

In the beginning, I really struggled with biochemistry. This was also considered one of the hardest modules in my course. This platform helps students to understand chemistry, biochemistry, and biology by using animations and infographics. This really helped me assimilate all the necessary information throughout these 3 years. It is also important to highlight that the creator has hopes of being an international professor!

3. Speed pharmacology on YouTube

Pharmacology is considered a really hard subject due to its depths and the different mechanisms of action of drugs (you will have to know, sorry). This channel mostly focuses on the pharmacology behind the different drugs by using different schematics to ensure it's understandable, and it does makes life easier!

Something that also helped me with this channel, is the fact that they have all the possible pharmacology chapters separated by playlist. This detail made my life way easier when I was looking for some information regarding pharmacology.

4. Notion

You probably have heard about this one… However, I feel like I should highlight the importance Notion had on my academic life, especially in my third year. This platform provides several templates, and you can also create your templates within a page. Since I have a very tight schedule, this platform really helped me keep track of what I needed to do and highlight the importance of each task. You can also use this platform to help with revision since it can have a similar structure to flashcards, as well as being divided into different sections. The notion is also easy to use and if you ever have any difficulties using it, there is always a video on YouTube that will answer your questions! As Benjamin Franklin said: “If You Fail to Plan, You Are Planning to Fail”.

5. PubMed and Science Direct

Last but surely super important, PubMed and Science Direct. These two websites contain most science journals, online books, and other written resources. These two resources will most likely be your main website to obtain information and references for your assignments. Some lecturers will introduce you to these platforms and demonstrate how to use them properly and efficiently to achieve the best results!

I hope you give these the love they deserve and enjoy your studies!

Adriana Borges studies BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science at ARU. Find out more about this and other degree courses at one of our Open Days.


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