Picmonic

Remember More in Less Time

Overview



Picmonic is an audiovisual study tool for students in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, paramedic, and many other healthcare programs. Its research-proven methodology incorporates the best study techniques by transforming need-to-know facts into memorable stories and characters. Picmonic’s comprehensive learn-quiz-review study app system provides extensive coverage of topics, facts, and concepts that students need to learn to succeed in school and easily pass their boards and certification exams.

Nearly one million students have used Picmonic's quick and efficient audio-visual mnemonic study aids to boost performance in school. Picmonic has taken what the science shows – picture mnemonics work – and boosted their effectiveness by creating concise mnemonic videos filled with memorable characters, unforgettable stories, and built-in quizzing with Spaced Repetition. Picmonic covers thousands of hard-to-learn topics, to help healthcare students master the material that they often struggle to learn and retain. By reducing student stress and boosting their confidence, students perform better on exams as they pave their way to professional success.

For years, students have trusted Picmonic to help them remember all of the facts they need to know from Day 1 through graduation and beyond. Students find any topic via Search, or by Browsing Playlists organized by Course, Body System or Exam. They can even follow popular textbooks page by page using Picmonic Book Playlists. Picmonic’s robust library of content covers every major category, topic, and key fact that is difficult to remember and frequently tested along a student's journey in becoming a healthcare professional.


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Educators use Picmonic as a resource because it is radically different, highly effective, and built for today’s generation. When students can more confidently process, retain and recall important information, classroom performance – and test scores – will improve. And, when students excel, learning becomes more fun, attrition decreases and everyone wins.

The Picmonic® Learning System

Picmonic is committed to student success. The comprehensive Picmonic Learning System helps faculty increase student engagement and improve student outcomes. The evidence-based Picmonic learning design incorporates known memory science techniques to maximize long term retention. It is designed to engage so educators will have better-prepared students for their classes and exams.

Product Highlights




Built by medical professionals, Picmonic’s efficient and effective learning system paves a student’s path to success from day one of school through their licensing exams and beyond.


Comprehensive Coverage

Picmonic offers everything a student needs to know to ace their exams through graduation, boards, certifications, and more. Access thousands of topics and facts and study by courses, body systems, textbooks, and exams.


Conquer the Forgetting Curve

Picmonic can help students recall everything they’ve learned not only next week or next month but for years to come with the spaced repetition-based Daily Quizzes and the Home Screen performance tracker. Students can stop wasting precious study time and access exactly what they need to review when they need to review it. Smart Spaced Repetition algorithms quickly identify where students are weak and adjust a student’s daily study queue to maximize retention.


Customize and Create

With powerful customization capabilities, study resources become even more efficient, targeted, and complete, and tailored to meet a student’s unique learning needs. Picmonic's creator tools let students transform Picmonic into the best study app for them. If they want to add topics or facts to the comprehensive library of Picmonics, or if they want to strengthen memory anchors by adding facts, videos, or images to existing Picmonics, they can!


Generate a Perfectly Paced Schedule

No matter how much time you have before your exam, Picmonic’s adaptive study scheduler automatically serves up the topics you need to review at a pace that will enable you to cover all of the material in time for your exam date.


Always Up to Date

Picmonic carefully curates contributions from smart students everywhere and recommends the best of the best back to all students in order to ensure a dependable, up-to-date visual study tool. Picmonic is the only visual learning tool that allows the community to modify and create new content, offering a robust, powerful resource that quickly adapts to the learning needs of current students. Students have added over 50,000 Picmonics and over 1 million videos and images in the last year, turning Picmonic into a powerful visual study resource that keeps growing every day.


Related Facts Made Easy

To succeed in school, students have to learn a topic AND how it relates to everything else. If a patient presents with a set of symptoms, students need to remember every possible cause. Question about a drug? Students need to know every condition it can treat. Picmonic helps with these tricky exam questions by:

Medicine (MD, DO)

Picmonic for Medicine includes over 1,600 videos and 15,000 quiz questions covering Pharmacology, Microbiology, Pathology, Biochemistry, Embryology, Anatomy & Physiology, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Psychiatry, Dermatology, and more! Textbook mapping is included for First-Aid for Step 1, First-Aid for Step 2, and Pathoma™ for easy access to Picmonics while studying. Medical students who started using Picmonic in their early years of medical school achieved dream STEP scores and matched into competitive residency programs and Picmonic offers subscribers a Step/COMLEX pass guarantee.


Registered Nurse (RN) and Practical Nurse (LPN)

Picmonic for Nursing includes over 1,100 videos and 10,000 quiz questions covering Fundamentals, Fluid & Electrolytes, Pharmacology, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Psychiatric, Critical Care, Professional Standards of Nursing, Exam Prep, and more! There are also 30+ popular nursing textbooks mapped chapter by chapter for easy access to specific Picmonics while studying. Nursing students use Picmonic to stay on top of classes from day 1 and pass the NCLEX® their first time (guaranteed).


Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Picmonic for Nurse Practitioner includes over 1,600 videos and 15,000 quiz questions covering Fundamentals & Health Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Psychiatry, and more! Textbook mapping is included for the Fitzgerald & Leik review books, for easy access to Picmonics while studying. NP students use Picmonic to efficiently learn the 3 P’s (Physical Assessment, Pharm, Pathophys), review for exams, score higher, and pass their board exams.


Physician Assistant (PA)

Picmonic for Physician Assistant includes over 1,600 videos and 15,000 quiz questions covering Pharmacology, Microbiology, Pathology, Biochemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Infectious Disease, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Psychology, and more! Textbook mapping is included for PANCE Prep Pearls & First-Aid for Step 1, as well as a 2020 PANCE® Blueprint playlist for easy access to specific mnemonic content while studying. Picmonic helps students keep up with the accelerated pace of PA school enabling them to learn faster, do better in school, and have a better chance of passing the PANCE® (guaranteed).


Pharmacist (Pham. D)

Picmonic for Pharmacy includes over 500 videos and 5,000 quiz questions covering Anatomy & Physiology and Pharmacology. Picmonic for Pharmacy will decrease the amount of time students spend learning and retaining complex information while increasing knowledge retention – and scores. From the PCAT® to the NAPLEX®, Picmonic has students covered for efficient pharm mastery.


Occupational Therapist (OT) and Physical Therapist (PT)

Picmonic for OT and Picmonic for PT both include over 400 videos and 4,000 quiz questions covering the Anatomy & Physiology across multiple systems, such as Cardiovascular, Musculoskeletal, Neuromuscular, Pulmonary, Metabolic & Endocrine, Integumentary, Genitourinary, Lymphatics, & System Interactions. From Examination to Evaluation, Diagnosis, Prognosis, and then Intervention, Picmonic helps PT & OT students better comprehend and retain their coursework, pass their course exams, and the NPTE® or NBCOT®.


Paramedic

Picmonic for Paramedic includes over 800 videos and 9,000 quiz questions covering Anatomy & Physiology, Airway, Assessment, Trauma, Medicine, and more! From the first day of class through the National Registry exam process, Picmonic is the best visual learning tool for paramedic students.


Pre-Health

Picmonic for Pre-Health studies includes over 100 videos and 1,000 quiz questions covering Anatomy & Physiology, Biochemistry & Genetics, and Psychology. Whether students are preparing for the MCAT, PCAT, DAT, or Nursing School, Picmonic for Pre-Health is a key resource to support them in their journey.


Medical Terminology

Picmonic’s 300+ Medical Terminology visual-mnemonic flashcards will permanently engrain the building blocks of the medical vocabulary into every healthcare students’ memory.

Maximize a student’s potential with Picmonic. Picmonic enhances student performance with customizable coursework and the detailed student analytics dashboards allow for educator intervention and remediation. TDS Health offers site-wide licenses and bulk purchases and can tailor what Picmonic offers to meet the needs of faculty and students.

Educators use Picmonic as a resource:

Picmonic also integrates with a Learning Management System. Use the free Learning Management System app for Canvas, Moodle and Blackboard to embed highly effective and engaging Picmonic videos and quizzes in assignments.

Educators can provide their student’s easy access to relevant Picmonic content through their LMS and they will come to class more prepared, they will be entertained and they will remember the critical knowledge required to pass exams and excel as competent healthcare professionals. Even better, this app includes full LTI functionality, Single Sign-On, and Grade Book data syncing.

Picmonic is flexible to adapt to a busy day, so students can make any moment a study moment (even offline) and study on the go. With the mobile app, they can easily review Picmonics anywhere they are: on the train, in line, while waiting for the bus, and more. Whether students study using the web or mobile app, Picmonic tracks their progress throughout. So students have the flexibility of web and mobile mnemonic learning, along with web and mobile exam prep.

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Android App on Google Play
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Picmonic has partnered with TDS Health for institutional subscription opportunities. Picmonic subscription options include institutional access in the form of library or program purchases, student adoption coordination, or custom solutions based on your unique needs. Contact us to learn more about a solution that will work for your institution.

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Frequently Asked Questions



FAQ for Students

Getting Started with Playing and Quizzing on Picmonics
Play a Picmonic, then quiz yourself on it with a multiple-choice Quiz! Learn more...
How to bookmark and find bookmarked Picmonics
Bookmarking allows you to note the Picmonics you want to easily review later. In the upper right-hand corner of the Picmonic player, you'll see a “...” menu icon that you can click on, Learn more...
Why you may see less questions in your daily queue at times
All quiz questions you answer are populated into the Daily Quiz. If you don’t have many questions in your queue, start viewing more Picmonics and completing the quizzes so there are more to incorporate into your Daily Quiz! More...
Get your educators involved with Picmonic for free.
If Picmonic has helped you and you’d like to let your professor know how they can check us out for FREE and work Picmonic into their curriculum, we’re happy to connect so that we can get them set up! Here's how...
Picmonic Tips
The best way to learn how to get started with Picmonic is to join one of our quick webinars which are available every day!
However, if webinars aren’t your thing then here are some quick tips to get started.
I want to hook my friends up with Picmonic too!
Of course! Just go to the “...” More menu icon from any Playlist , and select the “Share” option to share via email or link.
No art experience needed!
Create a new Picmonic from scratch if there are course topics that you want easy access to within Picmonic. See how!
Medical Terminology Picmonics are currently available as an add-on course! What does Medical Terminology include?
The Picmonic and BoardVitals partnership
Picmonic has partnered with BoardVitals to create the ultimate dynamic study duo! BoardVitals offers NCLEX® question banks with comprehensive explanations and rationales to help you prepare with confidence for your upcoming exams. Read more.
Shortkeys to help you speed things up!
Yes! We’re all about efficiency here at Picmonic. On any page in the Picmonic app, just hit SHIFT and ? at the same time, and you'll be shown all of the keyboard shortcuts for that page. Read more.
We’ve unleashed our characters from their digital chains. Now they can be printed at will!
Here's how it works.
We always recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your browser when using Picmonic.
Unfortunately, Internet Explorer and Edge will likely NOT work using Picmonic. You may experience slowness, lagging, or other issues when using these browsers. Read more.
How to find the right Picmonic product for you
Visit our Comprehensive Coverage page to view the content covered in each product: https://www.picmonic.com/pillars/comprehensive-coverage
You'll see a list of all of our areas of study, and you can expand them all to see what topics are included in each. Read more.
Conquering the Forgetting Curve
Want to be SURE the facts you’ve been quizzing on are locked down cold? We’ve got your back. Picmonic’s Spaced Repetition algorithm will intelligently quiz you on the facts you need to review to cement everything into your brain… forever. WHERE DO I START AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
No way! Why struggle retaining everything you learn until the end? It's never too early or too late to master the bugs, drugs, and diseases that are going to help make you a better healthcare professional.
Using Picmonic and leveraging the Daily Quiz with Spaced Repetition is important not only to exam prep, but will help you remember the facts for months and years to come.
Check out the list of topics in your Picmonic Courses to see if what’s covered is relevant for your current and future studies.
Find Picmonic workbooks for Step, NCLEX, and PANCE.
Need help fine-tuning your study methods, or could you use a guideline to get started?
Picmonic has created a series of 3 workbooks to help you study more efficiently and effectively for Step 1, the NCLEX, or PANCE.
Download free workbooks.
How else can Picmonic help me?
Our content and scholar teams have worked hard to bring you our Study Guides & Workbooks to help you prepare for yours boards!
More info!
Get started with Picmonic faster.
We absolutely have tutorials to help get you started with Picmonic! View tutorials.
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FAQ for Educators

With Picmonic Premium students can access unlimited videos, quizzes, and learning features. Premium access gives Educators the flexibility to assign any Picmonic content to their students at any time, and students can complete it at their own pace. More...
Picmonic participated in an IRB-approved research study in 2014. The randomized, controlled study compared the Picmonic Learning System to text-based material (like textbooks and lecture notes) and found that students improved by 331% in long-term memory retention.
These findings are also published in a downloadable white paper that also explains the science behind the use of visual mnemonics for learning.
Adv. Med. Educ. Pract. 2014 May 8; 5: 125-32 doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S61875. eCollection 2014
Educators increase student engagement and performance by sharing playlists with students, playing Picmonic videos and quizzes in class, incorporating characters into lecture slides, printing Picmonics as handouts, or adding Picmonic to their school LMS and assigning Picmonic videos and quizzes. LMS integration enables easy access to student quiz performance in the LMS grade book.
Picmonic assignments are used to encourage students to come to class better prepared, with a basic understanding of the material that will be covered.
Learn more about how Picmonic’s picture-mnemonics have been proven to improve student learning.
Our team of academic scholars is continuously reviewing and improving our extensive content library. This occurs in a few different ways:
  • • Annual comprehensive audits
  • • New textbook releases
  • • Continuous community input

If content is flagged for an inaccuracy, it is prioritized for review by our academic scholars, fixed if inaccurate, and an updated Picmonic is published as quickly as possible. Our team of academic scholars reference evidence-based resources (including PubMed, JSTOR, UpToDate, First Aid, DynaMed, the National Center for Biotechnology and Science Direct, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to ensure we have the most accurate and up-to-date information, and all updates are subjected to an extensive peer-review process.

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