Reflection #1: Mitra Salehi, PharmD Candidate 2010
This week’s talk was about how to learn new materials and how to recall them faster. It is not easy to recall new things unless we have a method in doing so. The best approach is to relate the topic to things we already know or to things we are familiar with. This will help us remember them better. Another approach is to make mnemonics. To learn new subjects better is best to read the topic before class so that during class it will be the second time around our brain hears the topic. This will help a lot with understanding new subjects. In addition, writing down our own notes is a great way to really put things in our long term memory.
I have implemented most of the methods discussed in this week’s seminar in my methods of learning. However, this was a good recap on what I already
Reflection #2: Sarah Palomera, PharmD Candidate 2020
An important tool I learned today was to take written notes while in class instead of just attentively listening. People can learn something better when they can relate it to something they already know. For example, when learning about statin medication for high cholesterol, I have found that I can recall this information easier because my mother takes statins. It is best to take our own notes. People are selective in what they learn and pay attention to different information heard. A fast learner does not equal a smart person. Learning is a process that requires persistence and strategic effort. People must pay attention to information in order to learn it. The brain can only work with certain amount of information at a time. We should never be afraid to ask a professor to slow down or repeat information. By paraphrasing information, we can interpret it into something easier understood and have tendency to remember it better.