Dear Dr. J & B,
I am already getting behind and I’m worried I’ll never catch up what do you recommend?
Behind the Wheel on Mare Island
by Dr. Jill Alban
As the chief learning specialist at Touro California, I mainly see students who would like tips for improving their study strategies. They are looking for ways to increase their test scores while trying to balance work-life issues (i.e., not spend 24/7 studying). When I first meet with a student, I ask her or him to describe their current study strategies. What I usually hear is that they highlight the text and read and reread their notes. This served them well in their undergraduate days, or at least well enough to get into programs at Touro.
By Megan McCaleb, MSPAS/MPH 2016 Class President
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 freak out. 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, 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. You will be stronger. Mentally, emotionally, and quite possibly physically (depending how many times you run up and down the stairs from Lander hall). And best of all you will be better. A better person. A better caregiver. More emphatic. More tolerant: because your classmates are a diverse group of individuals who will challenge you, push all of your buttons, and who you will walk away from after three years as family. Okay. So now that we have that settled… How do we get you from where you are now to graduation?
Inspired by Richard Felder, Ph.D.
Many of you have told me that your test grades don’t reflect your understanding of the material and asked me what you should do to keep the same thing from happening on the next test. This is my response. Below you’ll find a set of questions about how you’ve been preparing for tests. I suggest that you print this memo and respond to the questions as honestly as you can, and then refer back to the memo and the questions several times before the next test. The question “How should I prepare for the test” becomes easy once you’ve filled out the checklist. The answer is “Do whatever it takes to be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of the questions.”
To see the checklist…
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% on the block exams. I am really shooting for at least 85%, how can I increase my percentage?
Distressed on Mare Island
by Roman Roque COM 2020
They said it was like drinking water from a fire hydrant. Ain’t that the truth. Medical school is overwhelming. The material is dense and the window given to master such a massive volume of information is relatively short.
There never seems to be enough time.
Some students believe they can skip sleep ahead of exams and spend that time cramming. Since sleep loss is believed by scientists to be detrimental to memory formation, this can be an inefficient learning technique; particularly if you will need to retain that memory for future work, such as the medical boards or actual practice.
J&B are Touro’s Director of Academic Support, Dr. Jill Alban, Ed.D. and Learning Specialist, Brigit Perez, MAEd.
I have a history of falling behind and having to play “catch-up”. I end up cramming and forgetting the material almost immediately. How can I make sure that I am on top of my studies and I don’t fall behind again?
Always Playing Catch-up