Do you feel like sometimes you are the only one in class who doesn’t get it? Do you feel like you study hours on end but barely retain anything? Or, do you just want some advice on how to better manage your time and your study habits? If so, then this is the place to be! Welcome to the Touro University of California Academic Support blog, Efficient Learning!

Here, you’ll find study, time management, and wellness strategies and tips, in-house articles, student testimonials, and support services to guide you through the next few years of graduate school. Whether you are a student of COM, COP or CEHS, we have something for everyone.

Please take some time to peruse this one-stop shop. We encourage you to submit questions to our “Dear Dr. J” advice column or contact us with ideas for articles of your own. As the student voices of Touro, we want to hear from you.

We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with us to discuss your specific needs. As always, we welcome your suggestions and hope that you find this page useful.

 Jill Alban is the Director of Academic Support at Touro UniversiAlbanJillty California. She earned her Doctorate in Education and has been an educator for more than 30 years. She enjoys the challenge of helping students develop study strategies and improve their grades. On the weekend, you can find her romping with her husband and Rosie, her labradoodle, in Tilden Park, or swimming laps at the Berkeley City Club. She is training to swim the Bosporus. Her dream is to swim from Europe to Asia. Dr. Alban can be reached at jill.alban@tu.edu.



Katherine (Katie) Brundage joined the Academic Support team in September 2017 as a Learning Specialist. After earning her BA and MA, Katie worked for over a decade in college academic support services and taught ESL and English courses. She then left academia for a career in curriculum development and instructional design. Although the work was challenging and enjoyable, she missed working directly with students and was thrilled to return to the academic environment. Katie particularly enjoys working with students in academic support services because it allows her to help individuals build strong foundations in the fundamental skills that they will need in college and beyond. Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time with her family in beautiful Northern California. She is also an avid cyclist and crafts-person (although she hasn’t attempted to do both at once). Katie can be reached at katherine.brundage@tu.edu.


DMhead copy (1)Dr. Don Matthews, Learning Specialist, has worked in K-12 and higher education for over 30 years.  He holds teaching credentials multiple subjects and is an education specialist in mild to moderate disabilities.  He earned a masters degree in education and administrative services credential at Touro University, California and his doctorate in human and organizational psychology at Touro University, Worldwide.  He received additional training in educational therapy at U.C. Berkeley.  As a learning specialist and academic psychologist, Dr. Matthews offers workshops and coaching in self help/study skills, metacognitive strategies, developing successful learning behaviors and stress reduction. Dr. Matthews can be reached at don.matthews@tu.edu.


“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

— Pele

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  1. Jill T says:

    Hi Jill, this is the other Jill who was Matthew’s roommate on Hayes Street in San Francisco. You popped into my head today, so hi!


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