Lippincott Williams & Wilkins' Student Success for Health Professionals Made Incredibly Easy
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also find that I get a lot more done on the nights I don’t watch TV! RELAX INSIDE AND OUT When you’re stressed, your body reacts as if it’s being attacked. Both your brain and the rest of your nervous system tense up. You can help back off from this “red alert” and reduce the stress you feel by learning to relax your body and your mind. Try relaxation and stress management techniques such as massage, yoga, and meditation. Exercise is another relaxation technique. When you’re sweating on a
you treat your brain right, you’ll become a better learner. You’re probably aware that your diet has an impact on your physical performance. A doughnut in the morning won’t give you lasting energy. But a healthy breakfast, such as a bowl of oatmeal and a cup of yogurt, will give you energy. Believe it or not, the food you eat and the fluids you drink affect how you learn as well. Diet has been linked to mood, behavior, and mental performance. For example, substances called electrolytes actually
or exclamation point. • Highlight important information in the table of contents or create a list of the most important topics. 25995_LWWSS2e_CH06.indd 142 11/18/10 8:17 PM ACADEMIC READING 143 Make It Personal Another way to make sure you’re reading actively is to connect with the material on a personal level. By making the information more personal, you’ll have an easier time remembering it. You can do this by: • Making associations. For example, you might be able to remember an important
this space easy for me to get to on a regular basis? • Is the temperature comfortable? If it isn’t, can I change it? • Will cooking odors come into this space, making me feel hungry and distracted? • Is this space big enough so it won’t get cluttered when I spread out all my materials? • Is there enough light so I can read without straining my eyes? 25995_LWWSS2e_CH08.indd 181 11/18/10 8:18 PM 182 CHAPTER 8 STUDY SKILLS LIGHTING Make sure your study space has good lighting you can control.
Starting small will help you see how easy it is to write goals. Begin by choosing goals that are simple and practical. By setting goals that are easily accomplished, you will pave the way for tackling larger goals in your future. • An example of a good goal for right now might be to become familiar with your school’s resources for helping students study. This goal is both simple and practical. • An example of a bad goal would be promising to read your entire textbook before the first day of