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TTUHSC ESP Block 1: Self-Study Activities

Major Goals

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 - Learning units for Block 1: Self-Study Activities
Note: This set of instructions is 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.

1.  SuccessTypes in Medical Education Unit Instructions

2.  The Neurobiology of Learning Unit Instructions

3.  Concept Mapping for Time Management and Long Term Memory Unit Instructions


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 updated webpage provides directions for using the rest of the materials, all of which are provided here with free access.  Click this link to go to the  UPDATED WEBPAGE..