These postings initially were supposed to be every week since I have class every week. That has changed with most items in class still being a general review for now. If you are interested, here is a picture/ link to the book I am using:
We have started into the respiratory module that has lead to airway management. Last week we begin intubation practice and concepts with regards to patients who are unable to manage their own breathing. I’ve done training in this before so it’s just practice for me, but several of the students were happy to finally be getting into advanced procedures.
The class has covered several types of drugs that we carry on the ambulance with quizzes on said drugs being weekly. I quickly came to realize that I have a hard time memorizing facts like these. I don’t know whether it is due to some type of disability or not practicing recitation enough, but I’ve learned how to better prepare for testing. Here are my tips that I’ve learned with a bit of fact…
The brain can quickly become fatigued by information overload. Most students recognize that they’ve been overloaded due to exhaustion in the early afternoon. This exhaustion is triggered by the brain as it tries to store those short-term (just learned) memories into long-term memories. I’ve come to learn that when you sleep, your brain automatically transfers the short-term memories into long-term. That’s why briefly studying materials in the evenings and then going to sleep can give better results than binge studying as most students “cram for the exam”. I’ve resorted to writing out my need information the night before my quiz and then going to sleep. I’ll also briefly go over the written information reciting it out loud the morning of so as to refresh my short term memories. Another interesting thing you can do is record your own voice reciting the information, and then talking along with it as you replay the recording. This stores the information similarly to how you would store the words of a song. Many students who have a hard time learning have been taught this trick for memorization. SO my tips are as follows:
1) writing the information out
2) get plenty of rest
3) briefly study the material before your testing
4) recite the information out loud to refresh those short-term memories
5) record and “sing along” to help store the information.
That’s it for now… Look for more updates coming in the future!