Haruyou: You’ve gotten a lot a great advice from pp! I know PT school is no joke – I took gross anatomy with them this summer.
From my experience, a lot of grad school is self-study, even in the theory classes. Are you doing ALL the reading? Making study guides off of the objectives? Recording the lectures and listening to them again (you can play them @ double-speed to save time but still hear the information).
I also love Quizlet – a website for electronic flashcards. I put all of the study points into flashcard form, but I don’t have to keep track of numerous pieces of paper. I think of the Quizlet or flashcards as ‘passive studying’ – I can just flip through without heavily exerting my brain at the end of the day when I’m tired and can sort them into know and not know. I don’t know.. it works well for me!
It might be too late in your program to try to establish a new thing, but there are only 24 in my class and we all have a google drive together. We share helpful study info that we find. Things like youtube videos, helpful diagrams, etc.
Study groups are also really helpful. Sometimes we just study quietly in a study room at the library, but can ask each other questions if we get to a part that we’re struggling with. A lot of time, it’s not extremely difficult material, just high quantity with a lot of detail. Learning mneumonics and just talking about the material with your classmates really helps it stick. The day before a test, my study group and I do “rapid fire quizzing” and just quiz each other back and forth.
Honestly, you might need to spend more than 6 hours a day studying. I’m in CRNA school, not PT, but my average study day (with or without class) is usually around 12 hours. Sometimes 14 or 15, sometimes only 10. Roughly 70 hours a week on average.. I take a little time off on the weekends.
Your professor’s comments sound like they think you’re on the right track, but you needed a little more study time to fill in the details to perform well on the exam. I think of it as learning the framework, then adding more and more layers to get as detailed as possible.
One more thing I just thought of! Are there any resources at your school for test taking strategies? Sometimes you know the information, but misread a question or anxiety forces you into silly mistakes that cost you points. That would be an easy fix! Test taking strategies will save your life and are totally real haha.