Monthly Archives: June 2016

Student Insights: Letter to a New PA Student

Megan McCaleb is the Joint MSPAS/MPH program 2016 Alumni & Class President

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Megan and friend.

PA school requires a whole new set of study tools from your tool belt. Maybe you thought you had finally figured out what worked for you in undergrad, or while completing another master’s program. Don’t freak out, but welcome back to the beginning.

The pace is faster, the materials are more difficult, and the standards are higher. It’s okay, have your moment of freakout. But then take a step back and try and understand what Touro will help you become: Bigger, better, faster, stronger — wait wait wait . . . that’s Kanye, retract that! In all honesty, though, at the end of this program you will be faster. A faster thinker, a quicker test taker, someone whose synapses are firing and connecting more rapidly than the med students’ standing next to you on rotations.

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Procrastination and Prioritization

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 look at the crucial importance of prioritization in breaking the bad habit.

Christopher Scheer is a learning specialist at Touro University California.

In a way, priorities are everything. How our heart/mind weights our likes and dislikes, wants and needs, values and goals — these rankings, developed over a lifetime, are like the software code which runs under the conscious surface of our thoughts, guiding our decisions and actions.

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Contentedly eating a malted at the baseball game because you prioritize joy and sugar? That will change in a jiffy if a line drive comes screaming at your head at 100 mph; your most basic survival programming will have you drop that treat, no problem, in order to better duck out of the way or put up your hands to try and catch it.
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Hot Link: 13 Important Differences Between Learning In Undergrad Vs. Learning In Grad School

Kovie Biakolo at Thought Catalog put together this thought-provoking list of ways she observed grad school was fundamentally different than undergrad. (May apply more for the humanities than the hard sciences, though.)

 

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Student Insights: Summer Tips from D.O. Students

A few tips from fellow D.O. students on how to relax and reorganize yourself during the summer before the school year starts up again.

From Naveetha Nandakumar, College of Medicine 2019, 2nd year student:naveetha-for-web

  1. Rest & relax should come first and foremost. It is important for us to re-find our humanness and recharge for the marathon of second year/board studying.
  2. Set a realistic goal and stay consistent. This may be reading something for 1-2 hours a day from 1st year material or previewing for next year. This may be doing 15 questions a day from a question bank. Whatever the goal is, don’t make it so demanding that you’re resistant to follow through. Start small and build on that. Continue reading
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Interventions for Severe Procrastination

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 look at some of the causes of severe procrastination and what interventions are available.

Christopher Scheer is a learning specialist at Touro University California.

There is likely no adult on earth who has not avoided, at least momentarily, doing something they know they should do, and could thus be called a procrastinator. Many generally successful people like to make self-deprecating jokes about what “terrible procrastinators” they are. Yet, for severe procrastinators, this recurring behavior is often no joke.procrastination_by_lora8-d4wz80e

“Chronic procrastination can have high costs,” writes Michael Neenan of London’s Centre for Stress Management.

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10 Tips for Grad Students to De-Stress!

This helpful list provides 10 ideas to decrease stress, put together by Victoria Yeung, at the University of Victoria, with additional resources at the bottom!

Student Insights: Jonathan Teaches to Learn

touro jonathan laiWe asked Jonathan Lai, the COP Academic Tutoring & Academic Services Coordinator, “What do you recommend to students in regards to studying and tutoring?” His tips:

During my high school days, studying meant sitting in a room by yourself and staring at a book until you memorized all of the words or steps to solve a problem. In college and pharmacy school, this approach was less than forgiving. Through studying in groups, I came to realize that I learn best by teaching material to my fellow peers.

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J&J: How to Study in the Summer

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

Dear J&J,

Classes just ended for the summer and although I’m excited that I get all this extra time to sleep in, what can I do so that I don’t forget everything I learned this Academic Year?

—Rested, Reveling and Ready to Review

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Beat Procrastination: Find Your Tipping Point

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 investigate how difficult it can be to find a tipping point in order to move into action.

Christopher Scheer is a learning specialist at Touro University California.DQ-Tipping-Point

The concept of a tipping point originates in physics, where adding a small amount of weight to a balanced object will suddenly and completely topple it. And while there are still raging debates and much research to be done about just how the brain makes decisions, it is generally uncontroversial that there is, metaphorically, a tipping point at which motivational forces push us past inertia and into action.

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Student Insights: Alumna Maren’s Tips for All Stages of Your Graduate Education

Maren Hackbusch, PA-C, MPH is an alumna in the Touro University California’s MSPAS/MPH Program.

We asked Maren to reflect back to her time here at Touro and to answer a few questions such as: What worked for you? What didn’t? What do you wish you knew now before you started? Any tips to recommend to the incoming class? Or to those going on rotations?image1

Pre-“Professional” School:

  • Take some time off! Go on a “school”moon! In hindsight, one of the most valuable pieces of advice someone gave to me was to take a vacation before going into graduate school. I know you’re probably thinking, “I don’t have money to go on vacation; I have school to pay for!” But, in the long run, not only are you giving your brain one last “hurrah” before a 3 or 4-year-long, intense program, but $1-2K is not going to make a difference when you have over $$$K of loans. School will be expensive, but it is an investment, and your mental health is worth more.
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