Monthly Archives: May 2016

Why Is Procrastination So Hard to Stop?

Because procrastination is such a common problem, especially for students, we are presenting a series of articles that explore the issue in depth. This week, we examine why the habit of avoidance can be so resistant to well-meaning efforts to change.

Christopher Scheer is a learning specialist at Touro University California.

Usually, when a person seeks relief from problems caused by procrastination, well-meaning and helpful people offer suggestions designed to replace one’s self-destructive habits with constructive ones. These might include:motivation.jpg.653x0_q80_crop-smart

  • Careful daily schedule construction where time is blocked off in reasonable increments and scheduled breaks, and keeping to the schedule is a top priority.
  • Using to-do lists or other task management organizational systems to break large projects or jobs into smaller, less onerous sub-tasks. Continue reading
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Student Insights: Walid Gets Great Results Using Spaced Repetition for Test Prep

The pace of learning here at TUC is intense, which can sometimes be overwhelming even for those who have excelled at previous levels of education. We regularly ask students who are at the top of their class to tell us what study strategies they use to keep up. 

Walid Aljayosi is a student in Touro University California’s College of Pharmacy.

In my time as a Touro student, I have slowly gotten better and more efficient at using my time to study wisely.  When I first began school, I was all about spending entire days in the library toiling away and struggling to get all the information down. Humans were simply not meant to take in information this way.

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Why Do We Procrastinate?

Because procrastination is such a common problem, especially for students, we are presenting a series of articles that explore the issue in depth. (For the first in the series, click here.) This week, we examine the way procrastinators rationalize poor choices.

Christopher Scheer is a learning specialist at Touro University California.

For a human, every dawn brings the same personality test. Is she an “early bird” who bounds out of bed to greet the day, or a “night owl” who blinks at first light like a groggy bear waking from hibernation? owl with clock

If the latter, she is far more likely to employ that cruel self-torture device, the snooze button, a perfect technological expression of the increasingly prevalent problem of procrastination.

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J&J: What Is the Best Way to Prepare for a Test?

J&J are Touro California Director of Academic Support Dr. Jill Alban, Ed.D. and Learning Specialist Jennifer Pimentel, MAEd.  

Dear J&J,

Thank you for starting up an efficient learning blog for TUC students! I am an M.S. student who just got accepted into the College of Pharmacy
classtest-anxiety of 2020. As an entering pharmacy student, I am a very nervous and anxious about how to study. I was advised by my principal investigator to meet with you to go over learning techniques. I wanted to know what techniques I should use to improve my test-taking strategies.

— Circumventing test anxiety

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Student Insights: Ashley’s Good Advice

Ashley Vanderbosch is a student in Touro University California’s MSPAS/MPH program. 

 The pace of learning here at TUC is intense, which can sometimes be overwhelming even for those who have excelled at previous levels of education. We regularly ask students who are at the top of their class to tell us what study strategies they use to keep up. Here are Ashley’s top tips:

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Student Insights: Shay’s Study Strategies

Shay Patel is a top student in Touro University California’s MSPAS/MPH program. shay-cropped

The pace of learning here at TUC is intense, which can sometimes be overwhelming even for those who have excelled at previous levels of education. We regularly ask students who are at the top of their class to tell us what study strategies they use to keep up. Here are Shay’s top tips:

1) Go over the lectures in depth and look up the material that you don’t understand as you go through the lecture so you stay engaged and don’t miss key points. Continue reading

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Add Metacognition to Your Toolkit

Dr. Jill Alban, Ed.D., is Director of Academic Support at Touro University California.

Recently, I reported on spaced repetition. Today, I’m reporting on my students’ experiences with metacognition. While I learned about metacognition in my earlier life as a reading teacher, it is equally applicable to medical students who spend more than a little amount of time reading.

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