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PT Student Says Doodling Can Aid Learning

Note3Unless a student is in an art class, drawing during a lecture is usually frowned upon. But Zachary Dae DPT'19 is a firm believer that mindless scribbling may actually aid the learning process, not hinder it.

“I have always wanted to work in the medical field, particularly with veterans and people with prosthetics,” said Dae. “I have put some serious thought into careers that would allow me to showcase my artistic abilities and medical education, and designing prosthetics seems like a very interesting route to take after I graduate from USciences.”

His notebooks are full of sketches of intricate cell models and the human anatomy–drawings he feels represent a balance between work and play.

“There are two main reasons I use artwork in my notes: the first being visual reference and the second being enjoyment,” said Dae. “When I draw the pictures in my notes, I usually draw them right after the section that describes them, that way I'll have a picture to show everything and verify everything I have just read or have written.”

Note1Dae said his first semester at USciences was a wake-up call for him to change his study habits because he was not earning the types of grades that he did in high school and was not focused on his school work. Luckily, he said he developed mentorships with biology professors Drs. Dana Pape-Zambito, Catherine Purzycki, and Grace Farber, and each of them supported and encouraged his unique note-taking method because it helped him zero in on his schoolwork and retain the information he learned in class.

As for now, Dae is working toward his goal of completing his doctor of physical therapy degree and is happy to share his drawings with his classmates to help prepare them for homework assignments and exams.


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