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 clinical practice.
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 better.
- 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