Category Archives: Memorization

J&J: Why Are My Test Scores So Low?

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

Dear J&J,

I spend 12 to 14 hours a day studying and no matter how many times I watch the lectures on media-site, review the objectives, and read and highlight the text I always seem to get 70 percent on the block exams.

—Distressed on Mare Island

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Spaced Repetition Increases Memory Retention

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

We have all heard that learning medicine is like drinking from a fire hose.  

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Hmmmn, refreshing!

Yet often the most effective study techniques available are not implemented. Spaced repetition is a powerful, evidence based study technique that can enhance learning and long time retention of medical knowledge. Graduate students in a variety of disciplines, but most especially medical students, could benefit from understanding and using spaced repetition to produce more knowledgeable and better-informed doctors. Continue reading

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Moving Beyond Cramming

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

As the recently-appointed Director of Academic Support at Touro University California, I was hired to make sure that as many students as possible succeed — including, passing their tests and their national and state boards. Although I work primarily with the Osteopathic Medicine students, I see students in all of the programs. Continue reading

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