Study Tips

3 Steps to Making the Most of Your Osmosis Workspace

Nina Aviv
Sep 4, 2019

A 2nd year medical school student discusses how the Osmosis workspace has helped her to be a more efficient student by staying organized and accessing her class notes from multiple devices, even when she’s on the go.

As an avid Osmosis user, I’ve gotten a lot out of using the Osmosis workspace. Perhaps, a lesser known feature, I’m excited to share with you some information about my personal favorite Osmosis feature. 

The Osmosis workspace is everything I never knew I needed to tackle medical school with style and ease. Why, you might ask? The workspace keeps my course notes organized, ensures I don’t miss out on any relevant info from my favourite resources, and enables me to access my notes from anywhere while online. In this blog I’ll show you how to get the most out of the Osmosis workspace in three easy steps. 

Step #1: Syncing Up Class Materials to Your Osmosis Workspace

Sync your entire academic syllabus with the Osmosis workspace calendar. Once you’re done, your documents will be organised by 2 complementing approaches, by date & time of lecture and by course. Let’s say I had a lecture on January 1st at 10am about renal histopathology. I can either open it by going directly to the calendar, or I can go to my course folders and find “PBL6- Jane Doe- Acute renal failure” or “Histopathology” or “Genitourinary system.” That's it! It’s entirely up to you to decide how you’d like to arrange your courses. I personally arrange by PBL cases, so I have a folder for each case (OSCEs, Placements etc.). 

I can hear your objections already. “But I don’t have time to spare, I have too much studying to do.” And I feel your pain, I really do. What I told myself and what I’ll tell you now is that you have to spend a little bit of extra time now to save a lot of time later. So far, it’s been worth every minute...BIG TIME. 

  • Create a Workspace for each academic year. 

  • Create Course folders within your workspace.  

  • Pull out your timetables and start uploading documents. I find it easiest to work my way through the calendar: 

    • Go to the date of the lecture

    • Choose the correct time

    • Upload the document

    • Choose the appropriate folder

The most important thing to keep in mind is maintaining your workspace. Be sure to keep your workspace up-to-date. Ideally, upload lecture slides before classes. 

Step #2: Getting the Most Out of Your Workspace 

Congratulations, the hardest part is behind you! It’s time to benefit from the time you put into the workspace. Make a habit of using the workspace to take your notes during lectures. This way, you will be able to access your notes from any device. This has had THE GREATEST impact on my medical student experience. I have the freedom to whip out my notes on my phone when waiting in line, or use our campus library computers if I happened to forget my charger. I can fly home spontaneously to visit my family and not bring loads of studying materials along. Everything is on Osmosis workspace. 

Some lectures are much slower paced than others. Take advantage of this by creating flashcards on the spot! You can incorporate images into your flashcards, or use an entire slide if you find it important. 

If you wish, you can collaborate with your colleagues by creating a shared workspace. This way, you can accomplish more by taking turns uploading documents or editing class notes and allocating powerpoints to your teammates so you can make more flashcards and questions in less time. 

Step #3: Staying on top of Course Material with the Workspace

It’s important to keep on top of materials year round. Every student knows what it’s like opening a PDF before exams and wondering if they retained anything from the lecture, or maybe forgetting if they even went to that lecture the material is so foreign. Even if you don't find time to go through the slides until exam time, you can familiarise yourself with the content by using the flashcards and questions you created in the workspace. Do this whenever you have time to kill before bed, while waiting for coffee or riding the bus. 

Now that your notes are all organised, you can easily divide your study time either by going according to the calendar (i.e. I want to cover 2 weeks of notes each day) or by the course folder (i.e. I’m going to cover 3 PBL folders a day).

You may want to review a particular topic. After uploading a document, Osmosis analyses it and searches for resources related to the content. Attached to each of your slides, relevant Osmosis videos, high yield notes, and picmonic or sketchy resources will be noted. This ensures that you don’t miss out on any great resources, and don't spend hours searching whether they even exist. 

The Osmosis Workspace really makes a difference in studying efficiently and conveniently wherever my schedule takes me. I am very passionate about sharing this technology with other medical students. I truly believe that the Osmosis workspace is a medical student’s best friend. Remember, Benjamin Franklin said, “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” Good luck with your studies and enjoy the magic of the Osmosis Workspace! 

About Nina

Nina is a 29 year old South African-Israeli living in Cyprus, an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean. She is currently a 2nd year graduate-entry medical student at St. George’s University of London (SGUL) in Cyprus. Nina is considering specializing in surgery. During the rare times when she isn’t studying, Nina enjoys hanging out with her friends, playing the piano, and binging on Netflix (Tina Fey is her favorite).