non-TTUHSC Block 1: Self-Study Activities
Goal 1. Understand how your brain works for better performance.
- Students who know how their brain works always perform better than those who don’t.
- Knowing how the brain works in other people helps you analyze your own learning.
- Neurobiology shows how personality is related to how your individual brain works.
- Neurobiology shows how memory is consolidated in the brain during sleep.
- Achieving balance leads to achieving expert skills – skills both in learning and in
Goal 2. Produce long-term memory by reading more effectively.
- Reading can be “looking at” or reading can be “looking for,” and looking “for” is
- Looking “at” material until you remember it will produce lower performance and lead
to problems – sometimes to serious problems.
- Looking “for” explanations will produce long term memory and increased ability to
figure out answers on tests.
- The same principle applies to listening – listening “to” wastes time, while listening
“for” engages the brain.
Goal 3. Maximize performance by maximizing efficiency.
- Premedical education may quality you for medical school, but it rarely prepares you
for medical school.
- The only time that you should look “at” material is when you are reading a novel.
- Methods taught here will show you how to look “for” important material.
- Looking “for” must be followed by motor output from the brain for memory consolidation.
- Long-term memory consolidation only occurs during sleep and only occurs following
some form of action.
Instructions - Learning units for Block 1: Self-Study Activities
Note: This set of instructions is being replaced by an updated version at the link
shown below. For those who have already begun the ESP self-study, this set of instructions
will be maintained until July 1, 2016 and then deleted. For those about to begin
the ESP self-study, use the new version.
The self-study activities are now organized around a single study guide that is provided
in a document file so that it can be answered as you proceed. The instructions provide
directions for using the rest of the materials, all of which are provided here with
free access. Click this link to go to the detailed instructions.