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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

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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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Student Insights: Christina’s Successful Experience with Free Speed Reading Tool

No sooner did we post an item about a free speed reading tool than we found out the program had helped a current Touro student!

Christina Choy is a first-year student in the College of Pharmacy, class of 2020.

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Legentas was very helpful at introducing me to speed reading. I had always thought that I read quite quickly, however after starting the program I realized that I was reading inefficiently.

This program offers various eye gymnastics exercises and trains you to increase your visual span, as well as read in a rhythm that allows for better retention. Before I started Legentas, I was reading 204 words per minute. By lesson three, I was reading at 334 words per minute!

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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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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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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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How much sleep loss affects memory tied to individual brain structure, study shows

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 thatzzzz memory for future work, such as the medical boards or actual practice.

However, as will all generalizations, your mileage may vary: A new study shows that sleep loss affects memory formation differently depending on differences in the brain structure of individuals.
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Woman Physician Assures Parents Their Daughter Will Not Face as Harsh a Path as Predecessors

Congratulations on your daughter’s acceptance into medical school.  Like the first day of kindergarten, this launch is notable for parents as well as children. You may have some concerns about the stresses she will face. Having been there, I can tell you there will be many.  Not to worry, though. Times are changing.

So begins an open letter to the parents of female medical students (but really written for the students themselves, natch) by Dr. Kathy Stepien writing for the blog KevinMD.com. The rest of the message paints a dark picture of what women faced in the bad old days in medical school, residency and beyond: Rampant sexism, extending from hazing and mockery to outright assault and career sabotage.

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Student Insights: How to Get the Most Out of Your Time at Touro

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Mey and her feathered friend, Nova.

We asked recent MPH alum Mey Saephan some questions about her time here at Touro — What did you find helpful? What did you find not helpful? What do you wish you knew before starting? — and this is what she had to say!

Public health is a broad field. Graduating with an MPH enables to you help people and hone in your skillset. Here are a few tips for how to be successful while you are here at Touro, finding your career path.

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Student Insights: Letter to a New PA Student

Megan McCaleb is the Joint MSPAS/MPH program 2016 Alumni & Class President

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Megan and friend.

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 freakout. 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, though, 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.

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