Here’s a list of things you might find useful when you go to Med School. I don’t have all of them but I wish I did.
When you’re in a class and don’t have background on the subject, having a laptop (with internet connection) could be of big help. You can research things you do not understand (because most likely, they prof won’t explain everything to you). Also, if you can type fast enough (like me) you can take down notes as the prof is dictating them. This will also come in handy when you have a copy of the lecture/notes in class. When you’re bored and have nothing to do during the break, you can check facebook, twitter, tumblr, etc. hehe
2. iPad/Galaxy Tab/ or just any tablet
This can replace your laptop. (I have a Galaxy tab.) Having a copy of the PPTs or digital hand outs during class can be quite helpful. It’s not as heavy as a laptop and can fit easily into your bag. Also, you can download e-books and bring your tablet instead of a heavy Physiology book (believe me, med books are veeery heavy). You save paper, you’re helping the environment, and well, you’re saving yourself from really bad back pain.
3. Voice recorder
Sometimes taking down notes and having a copy of the lecture isn’t enough. I tend to miss key points in the lecture dictated by the prof, so recording lectures is a good idea. You can also listen to them while you study.
This will be your best friend during histology. Promise. All those slides look alike so be sure to take pictures of them and study them closely so you can differentiate one from the other. Also, if you can take videos of the lectures, it would be better, this can replace your voice recorder too.
5. External Hard Drive
There are so many things you need to save, notes, lectures, projects, pictures, videos, etc.
6. MP3 player
I listen to music when I study and it keeps me awake. You can put your recordings of the lecture here too!
I guess all of this could be narrowed down to just one gadget, a really nice phone like an iPhone, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab, or S2. You have a camera, video recorder, voice recorder, MP3 player and a PDF reader all in one.
Hope this helped!