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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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Speed Reading Is Potent Skill for Grad School

karate-school-speed-readingIt has been recommended to the College of Pharmacy students that they take a speed reading course before school begins. This recommendation may be helpful to all professional and graduate students. In the next two years you will  have a mountain of reading. One way of managing your assignments may be to speed read. This is a link to a free speed-reading program called Legentas: https://www.legentas.com/eng/

 

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Warning! Graduate School Is Different than College!

Graduate school is different than college! Do you remember memorizing and regurgitating, studying into the wee hours of the morning to take an exam in a few short hours and scramming to write that paper the day before it’s due? Unfortunately, this rings true of many students and it may not be the best way to be successful in graduate school.

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Student Insights: Walid Gets Great Results Using Spaced Repetition for Test Prep

The pace of learning here at TUC is intense, which can sometimes be overwhelming even for those who have excelled at previous levels of education. We regularly ask students who are at the top of their class to tell us what study strategies they use to keep up. 

Walid Aljayosi is a student in Touro University California’s College of Pharmacy.

In my time as a Touro student, I have slowly gotten better and more efficient at using my time to study wisely.  When I first began school, I was all about spending entire days in the library toiling away and struggling to get all the information down. Humans were simply not meant to take in information this way.

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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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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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