Study smarter with hacks from doctor-turned-influencer Sarah Rav
Study hacks and an iPad have launched a Melbourne doctor onto the world stage.
Sarah Rav, who posts learning tips on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube, has quickly amassed millions of followers on her journey through medical school.
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"Initially I started posting about fitness, health and wellbeing," Rav told 9news.com.au.
"But I found that that niche was very saturated."
"There was nothing more that I could offer and – given my history with mental illness – it wasn't really something that I wanted to focus on; to be known for the way I looked."
"So I stopped and started sharing more about my life in medical school and how I somehow managed to go to the gym, to have a side hustle, to tutor and that for some reason just blew up."
Words like "blurting", "pomodoro" and "Feynman" are peppered throughout Rav's near-daily uploads.
It can sound like gobbledygook to the uninitiated but they're all techniques that the student-turned-influencer uses to harness active recall to improve her memory on a topic.
"A few of (the techniques) I came up with myself and had actually been using throughout high school and medical school and I didn't even realise they were hacks," she said.
"A big favourite of mine is flashcards.
"Whether that's on an app like Anki, physical flashcards or Keynote on the Mac and iPad to create PowerPoint slides that act as flashcards, it forces you to recall the information yourself, helping you remember better."
"(Blurting) is another form of active recall that you can do if you just want to write everything onto a piece of paper or write everything onto the notes page."
But writing things down can seem a little old-school for a Gen-Z audience.
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For Rav, focus modes help keep her head in the books.
And if her iPhone is too tempting, she's found a way to create content while keeping her off social media.
"I love filming timelapses of myself studying as a way to stay off your phone," she said.
"If you then use your phone, the timelapse stops, but also gives you that 'main character moment' – you're on camera, you have to be doing what you should be doing.
"It's all (about) romanticising; studying and romanticising and falling in love with becoming the most educated version of yourself."
Having struggled with an eating disorder in the past, Rav gravitated toward – then graduated from – medicine at Monash University.
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But given the option of helping people one-on-one or millions at a time, she told 9news.com.au she wants to make the biggest impact possible.
"The reason why I want to go into management consulting, specifically the company that I'm planning to work for has a huge health care and education sector," Rav said.
"As a healthcare practitioner, I found that it's very one-on-one.
"You're just interacting with a single patient.
"Given what I know from TikTok and Instagram, it's like I have the ability to impact millions.
"So I've taken five months off to just focus on creating YouTube videos so that people can learn from them.
"Because I feel like TikTok is very limited in the information that you can convey in such a short time."
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And while Rav insists her fans can achieve marks like hers without access to any tech, the thought of teaching without it is no longer an option.
"As a content creator, my iPhone 100 per cent because I do everything on there; I film everything on there," she said of her most necessary tech item.
"But as a student or a business person and a tutor as well my iPad definitely, especially my Apple Pencil.
"I used to tutor face-to-face, but now I just tutor and I give lectures and presentations all online because I can just share screen, bring up a whiteboard, bring up notes and I can just write as if I was in the room with the person."
Sarah will be hosting a virtual study session, How to Prepare for Exams with Sarah Ravon March 9 at 7pm AEDT as part of a Study Smarter with Apple series.