Chapter 8: First Impression Post, option 1

For the exam that was just taken in psychology, I looked over my notes, reviewed some terms that I did not know the definition of on Quizlet and looked over some multiple choice problems. This did not work well for me. What I did well was reviewing the terms because I was not memorizing the location on the page where the word was. Often while studying I would get distracted by the music that I was listening to or if people were talking in the room or directly to me. I also did not do well at reviewing my notes after each class. I have instead after each class been reviewing my notes and rewording things that I find slightly confusing. I also found when I took notes on the PowerPoint, I was not absorbing as much information because I was not writing everything down. All the information was already copied down for me. I am instead now taking notes without the PowerPoints in front of me. This is helping me to imprint the information in my memory because writing things down helps me to remember things. I also need to improve the time in which I study for exams. This first exam, I studied the day before the exam and stayed up late. This has been shown to decrease the amount of information retained during the time of studying. Instead of staying up very late studying the night before, I will instead start studying a couple of days before the exam. Along with starting to study earlier in the week, I also will get a good night rest the night before the exam. The study habits I used for the first exam were not successful and therefore I must change my ways and by making these slight changes, I should be able to improve my exam skills.

~Taylor

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2 thoughts on “Chapter 8: First Impression Post, option 1”

  1. I also used Quizlet, and I found that it was not a very helpful source for me as well. I’ve learned that I’m able to retain information better when I write it, because I’m able to use deep processing and I’m able to attach meaning to the words, whether that’d be using mnemonics or connecting the word with a certain event or occurrence. I also have to work in an environment where it’s quiet, or there aren’t any people. I work best with white noise. I also need to work on when I study, and try to use the spacing effect, rather than study for hours the night before, since the spacing effect often enhances long-term memory. I started making flashcards for the next exam last weekend, and I’ve been adding to my collection when we go over new information in class. My goal is to study them for a little bit every day until the day of the exam. The bit of information that stated staying up late the night before “has been shown to decrease the amount of information retained during the time of studying” is also important to know, because this can help improve study habits, and it shows which way is better when studying for a big exam.

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  2. Taylor,
    You did a great job identifying your weaknesses in studying. As we learned in class, re-reading notes and looking over material does not allow for meaningful connections to be made in order to memorize the new material learned. Rather than remembering the location on the page, try a visual approach maybe like a concept map so it connects with other material and would be effortful encoding, meaning that it is committed to your memory and takes time to memorize rather than automatic encoding. These connects are important because when neuron connects are not used, they are prone to synaptic pruning where unused information gets deleted.
    I agree that writing down notes is important especially because each student will have different connections, memories, experiences, and semantic interpretations of the material to remember them. Remembering those unique connects would help you to study because you have personalized a unique way to retrieve, the memorized material. What you describe in not remembering is an encoding failure, simply put you did not learn it in the first place which is why it was not stored in your working memory and through the hippocampus (and a good nights rest) did not make it to your long-term memory storage. Spending time on the material and not overstimulating your brain will be beneficial since the brain simply can’t cram hoards of information in one study session.
    I think your ideas for studying are better than your old ones and the new methods will be successful. Good luck on the next exam, you will do great!
    – Rachel

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