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Dear Dr. J: You Can Catch Up!

Dr. J is Touro California Director of Academic Support Dr. Jill Alban.

Dear Dr. J,

I am already getting behind and I’m worried I’ll never catch up! What do you recommend?

— Behind the Wheel on Mare Island

catch-upDear Behind,

Use your week-ends to catch up and get ahead. You have 48 hours. Even if you give yourself 9 hours of sleep, 2 hours of exercise and time for breaks, you’ll have plenty of time to catch up. The most important thing is to create a study plan. Research on study strategies has demonstrated that good students create a study plan and stick to it. Once you’ve made your schedule-set it in stone. Make a commitment to follow it.

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Dear Dr. J: Time and Money Anxieties

Dr. J is Touro California Director of Academic Support Dr. Jill Alban.

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I’m having trouble sleeping because I’m having issues with financial aid. Is there someone I can go to talk to about that?

— Sleepless in Solano

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J&J: I’m nervous! How can I get a good start in grad school?

7-Effective-Techniques-To-Overcome-Your-NervousnessJ&J are Touro California Director of Academic Support Dr. Jill Alban, Ed.D. and Learning Specialist Jennifer Pimentel, MAEd.  

Dear J&J,

School is starting just around the corner! I just received my orientation information and it’s starting to get overwhelming. Although I am excited for classes to start, I don’t know if the techniques that I used in undergrad and post–grad are good enough. Do you have any suggestions for me, or what services does campus provide?

— Nervous in the North Bay

Congratulations and welcome to Touro! We’re so excited for you to join our campus and look forward to welcoming you during the campus-wide orientation on July 29. In reading through this blog you will find tips and techniques that will allow you to be successful here at Touro.

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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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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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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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Struggling with Procrastination

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

man in timerHow many of us suffer from a chronic, debilitating addiction to procrastination?

To procrastinate is a serious problem, because to procrastinate is not to be able to do the things we want to do. It is a curse, and a costly one. Procrastination leads to hand wringing, regrets and damaged self-esteem. 

Why do we do it? What can we do to overcome it?

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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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