Psychiatry & Psychology--General/memory

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QUESTION: Hi
1- I'm a bit slow at taking notes and I feel that I benefit more if  
> I just listen and let somebody else take the notes for me (I feel I  
> can't concentrate on the lec and write at the same time). do u think  
> it is ok if I rely on the notes of others (I guess I could write the  
> basics).
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> 2- I wrote all the notes for an a course. I have an exam next week.  
> I can get my friend's notes. they're more organzied. Do you think it  
> is better to study from the more organzied notes or the notes I  
> wrote (both are complete).
3-I read about memory studying skills like mnemonics and trying to  
> organize the concepts in pyramids and stuff. I only have 1 month  
> left for my studies. Do you think it is worth it to try to apply  
> these techniques (I don't want to waste time in new stuff but I keep  
> thinking  I might save time if they're effective but I only have 1  
> month to finish my degree so it might be counter-productive to try  
> new things now).
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Thanks,
Hashem

ANSWER: Hi Hasheem, I'm not sure I understand your question. Here's some general info about learning / studying.

The best way to learn something is to teach it to others. Also the hardest.

2nd best way is to use it in some way.

The 'worst' way to learn something is to try to memorize it for a test.

It's much better to study every single day, rather than cramming at the end.

There are also various techniques for test taking, such as if the test is multiple choice.

I don't know that I've answered your question.........

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QUESTION: they're three separate questions. does that make it clearer?

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Hi, Hashem, Not really, no, but I will answer them the best I can

1. do u think  
> it is ok if I rely on the notes of others (I guess I could write the  
> basics)
----------I do not know how you are defining the word "ok". If you mean 'do I have your permission', then the answer is yes. If you mean, 'is it illegal', then the answer is no, I don't think. There are hundreds of possible meanings to this question ....

2. Do you think it  
> is better to study from the more organzied notes or the notes I  
> wrote (both are complete).
--------- the answer is 'it depends'. Partly it depends on what you mean by the word "better". It also depends on the individual - you. So, the answer is also "I don't know".

3.  Do you think it is worth it to try to apply  
> these techniques
---- again, the question of "worth it" is totally dependent on your assessment - whether you think it is 'worth it', or not. Other people cannot tell you what something is worth to you - that's your opinion and only yours? Is an education "worth it"? Some would say yes, and some no.

I'm sorry I cannot provide more of an answer, but perhaps you have a sense of my difficulty

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any related to psychology, especially related to forensic psychology

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15 years as a licensed psychologist, 15 years in private practice. My practice began primarily doing individual and group psychotherapy, is now devoted to assessments, but I occasionally do take on clients in therapy.

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B.A. psychology, B.A., music, Ohio Wesleyan U., 1978 MCS, computer science, University of Dayton, 1984 MA, psychology, Miami Inst. of Psychology, 1991 Psy.D., psychology, Miami Inst. of Psychology, 1993 post doctoral training in Neuropsychology, Fielding Institute, 1995-1997

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