How to Use the Library
Hello, in this article we will see how to browse and use our animation video library. Well both the things are very easy and you can actually figure it out on your own simply by a few minutes of browsing. I am writing this guide to remove confusion if any and tell you the intended way of using it. As always, let's get started.
How to Browse
All the content is organized in a hierarchical tree structure. The hierarchy is as follow: Subject > Organ system > Chapter > Topic i.e. video. The topic itself is the video along with notes on that video.
For example: Library > Physiology > Cardiovascular System > Heart as a Pump > Cardiac Cycle. Here cardiac cycle is the topic with video and notes.
Although there are 5 levels of hierarchy, the website is designed in a way that you can reach any topic in just two clicks. The main menu contains links directly to the organ systems, and pages for the organ system list all the chapters and their topics with links going directly to the topic page. To minimize the navigation time, we have intentionally not given links to the subject page in the main menu, and links to chapters in the organ system page.
For finer control of navigation, you can use what we call the "address bar". It looks like this:
📚 > Physiology > Cardiovascular System > Heart as a Pump_>
You can find it at the top of all the pages and it shows where exactly you are in the library. Click on the text to go to the respective level.
At the bottom of the topic page, you will find a link to the next topic and all the related topics.
How to Use
Here we will talk about how to integrate the use of our animation videos into your learning.
The first thing that you should know is that there is no single best method of learning that suits everyone and every need. Not even animation videos. I believe that the gold standard of learning is and will always be reading. However understanding complex medical concepts just by reading is difficult, slow and also boring. And that's where animation videos come in. The animation videos are to enhance your reading experience. I recommend that you watch the animation video first and then read the topic. The animation video will make most of the things clear in a very short time. Then when you read, your understanding will be better and your reading will be fast and fun. I recommend using our notes for reading. They are designed to go hand in hand with animation videos. They are also revision and exam friendly.
When you are studying a topic for the first time, going through the learning material only once might not be enough. If that happens, it's not a problem with you or the learning material. Some topics just need repetitions. And even after you have understood it, you will need to revise it multiple times later on. We know this need for repetitions and all the videos are created keeping it in mind. The videos are short, a bit fast-paced and to the point without any unnecessary chit-chat, so that you can watch the videos again and again as many times as you need without wasting much time.
When you are studying an organ system for the first time, we recommend that you follow the topic sequence as mentioned on the organ system page. That is because most of the time, the initial topics are foundations for the topics coming subsequently. By following the sequence you first get the basics clear and gradually gain deeper knowledge. To make it easy to follow this sequence for you, all the topic page contains a link to the next topic at the bottom.
Although the linear sequence is convenient to follow, the concepts are not connected only in a linear fashion. They actually make a complex web, and a topic from any subject or organ system may be connected to any topic from another subject or organ system. Studying related topics together will improve your understanding. To make it easy for you to jump to the related topics, the linking is provided right within the topic page. Blue text in the notes contains a link to the respective topic just like Wikipedia. Clicking on it takes you directly there. Other related topics are mentioned at bottom of the page. We encourage you to go through related topics as needed.
So these are the thought processes behind the structure of the library and our recommended way of using it. Please feel free to browse and use it in whichever way you find most convenient. Any topic is just 2 clicks away anyway.
⚠ Note: Notes and links to related topics are yet to be added to most of the topics. We are working on it.