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TTUHSC ESP Block 1: Self-Study Activities


Goal 1.  Understand how your brain works for better performance. 

  • Students who know how their brain works tend to perform better than those who don’t.
  • Knowing how others use their brain to learn 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 produces 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.

  • While premedical education qualifies you for medical school, 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 and materials for Block 1: Self-Study Activities

 Prematriculation Self-Study Link