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Get the most out of Slack

Slack can be an extremely useful communication tool if utilized properly. Here are several tips to better organize and receive messages so that you don’t miss what’s most important to you!

If you are new to Slack or need a refresher,

we recommend you check out our Slack landing page to find tutorials on Slack basics and more.


Manage notifications

An easy mistake to make is not managing notifications and then getting overwhelmed by all the messages that come in. Slack allows you to pause notifications, mute channels, and adjust your notification triggers so that you can cut down on the noise and get notified about what matters to you. Check out our Manage Notifications page to learn more.


Search in Slack

Did you know that Slack has a pretty effective search tool? It really comes in handy when you’re looking for something specific . . . like an E.Flo MD announcement or a certain file! Read more in our blog post: Search in Slack.


Organize your sidebar with sections

You can organize your channels, direct messages, and apps into custom sections within your sidebar without affecting what other users see! Use this to set up your conversations however you’d like, and easily expand or collapse sections to make having a lot of channels more manageable. Learn more about how to set this up in Slack’s help center!


Mark messages as unread for later and set reminders

Slack features a couple of options when you want to come back to a message later:

    1. You can mark messages as unread to come back to them later. To do so, hover over a message, click the three dots , then Mark unread (on mobile , tap and hold a message, then tap Mark unread).
    2. You can also set reminders in Slack to help you remember to do certain tasks. There are options to create custom reminders or remind yourself later about a message or file. Learn more about setting reminders in Slack’s help center.


Pin messages and add a folder for bookmarks

In any channel or direct message (DM), you can pin important messages to the conversation header and add bookmarks and folders to organize useful links. All members of a conversation can access these items in the conversation header. Learn more about how to do this in Slack’s help center.


Ask for help!

When in doubt, ask for help! MedTech is always available and happy to help answer any questions or provide advice when it comes to Slack—or anything else!

A different way to view the chat in a Zoom Room 

If you’ve participated in a hybrid meeting in a conference room equipped with Zoom Rooms, you’ve probably seen someone interact with the chat before. When an online participant sends a chat message, it will display on the large monitor for a short time before disappearing. However, if the message is cut off or disappears too quickly, then participants must rely on someone using the smaller touchscreen to open the chat box and read off the messages for others.

There is an option that can be turned on to display all chat messages on the large monitor for as long as you need. You can enable this option by following the instructions below.

  1. On the tabletop touchscreen, tap the More button to view more features.
  1. Tap the Chat button.
  1. Tap the gear icon in the upper corner of the chat window and tap Show full chat panel on TV to toggle on or off.

Digital note-taking with OneNote

This guest post was written by MS3 Student Tech Lead Kasey Jackson.

Still struggling to find a note-taking system that works for you in medical school? It’s important to develop a method that is functional for you and helps you retain information, and that you will actually use. If paper is your jam, keep it up! Like typing your notes? That works too! But maybe you’re interested in integrating your conventional note-taking methods with modern technology for better efficiency and additional tools? Here are a few tips and tricks for starting your digital note-taking journey with OneNote.

Set up a tiered organization system:
Notebooks | Sections | Pages

Make your life easier by establishing how you want to organize your notes ahead of time. For example, “Notebooks” could be the course or term, “Sections” could be the subject or week, and “Pages” could be the topic or lecture.

Download your lecture slides to take notes on

Save yourself some writing and take notes directly on your lecture slides. Be prepared and download the lecture slides ahead of time when possible.

Link notes and external pages to tie topics together

This can be especially helpful when making a master page or study guide that you can refer back to. Information tends to come from all directions in medical school, so find ways to combine information or easily find the information you need.

Microsoft has a helpful page on how to link notebooks, sections, pages, and even paragraphs together.

Embed photos, audio files, and videos to save ideas for later or create a quick reference

Record audio during lecture or embed your favorite study videos to review later

Get comfortable with features of OneNote to elevate your studying

1. Use the search bar to quickly find everywhere that you mentioned a topic, such as “pharmacokinetics” or “embryology.”

2. Access and edit your notes from anywhere
Use your iPad, phone, laptop, etc., to view and add to your notes. Find an amazing diagram in a textbook? Snap a quick photo and add it to your notes page.

3. Collaborate with classmates
on a note page or a project. Share notes virtually, convert to pdf, and/or work together on a collaborative workbook.

Experiment with note-taking styles until you find something that works for you!

I personally loved drawing and making study guides for myself. It made note taking fun and gave me a visual representation of the things we learned in lectures and the anatomy lab that I could keep referring back to. Below are a couple examples of my note-taking style.

Other formats of digital note-taking

The Cornell Method

three sections


diagram of ideas

One last thought

Remember that no matter what you do, be sure it is helpful to you. Don’t force yourself to imitate someone else’s note-taking style just because it works for them or looks nice. If you find that something doesn’t help you or is more frustrating than useful, try another way until you get that perfect fit.

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