Reflection #1: Aimee Sarmiento, PharmD Candidate 2021
Going over the general principles of learning will help me to study more efficiently which will help me manage my time enough to get involved in organizations instead of just studying all the time after school. Being that there are multiple classes going on at once in P1 year, this lecture also helped me learn how to categorize information and prioritize classes which I don’t understand as well as others. As a pharmacist, I will have to memorize many new medications coming out every year and each medication’s different indications, mechanisms of action, and contraindications. This seminar provided different learning tools that will help me memorize and understand this information by organizing facts into overarching categories, associating facts with what I already know, and focusing my mind on the task at hand instead of splitting my attention. Understanding short-term versus long-term memory will also help me to know how much time to attribute to letting myself absorb information, helping me to avoid overloading my brain with new knowledge that I will accumulate throughout my career.
Reflection #2: Keana Mendoza, PharmD Candidate 2021
Understanding the general principles of learning will allow me to adjust my studying habits so that remembering information is easier and effective. Some on the principles to keep in mind while studying would be relating new information with something at I already know. Each person studies differently and I need to correlate material with something that I can put meaning to. For example, when learning pathways in immunology, I can correlated each acronym of a factor in the stimulating pathway to something that relates to me on a personal level. I will also keep in mind that I can only work with certain amount of information at a time. This will prevent me from binge studying and procrastinating to learn all material at the end. I will make sure that during study sessions, I will take breaks so that information can fully process in my head. This will be beneficial because this information can be recalled during examinations and/or at times when the material needs to be applied during my professional career.