07 February How to decide if to attend class
With this entrance I hope to finish off this subject that does not trouble too much to the present university students, but who that seems it clears the dream to me¦ I promise it, is the last time ð
Perhaps it influences in my spirit that I am professor and who is to me still startling that attends class a 15% of the registered ones. In my hospital, that supposes about 8-10 students of the total.
In an occasion I was with 16 people in the classroom and I was scared. What has happened? , I asked to them. Perhaps it dreamed about which they responded that my educational talent had attracted the masses¦ The professor of the previous class has requested the complete names of those who were in class and we have warned by whattsapp the companions, it was the answer. In aim. They remained to the class, but the following day they returned to be 8 in the classroom¦
The key of this situation resides in two factors:
- The abundance of the information and the resources. With the notes of the commissions of notes, also called tochos in the UAM, and manuals MIR, the provision of study material are resolute.
- The pragmatism of the students. If the professor is bad speaker, he loses students. As simple as that. Andres of yourmedlife very clearly expressed it in its entrance on the skillful Medicine classes.
OTHER TIMES AND OTHER PLACES
When I began the race (1989) was Internet no available for individuals, and the reference books were encyclopedic (Testut and Ruviere in Anatomy, Lehninger in Biochemistry, Farreras and Harrison for the clinics¦). They did not exist either portable. Academies MIR still were small and they did not sell his manuals in the bookstores. Therefore, to attend class was the only form to have some decent summaries. Our material of study was notes by hand completed after the classes, also by hand.
Still nowadays Medicine faculties exist (and I suppose that of other sanitary degrees) with obligatory attendance, as some of Latin American countries. To thus my residents across of the Atlantic are it me counted. There the schedules are, in addition, very extensive. In Dominican R. they attended practices in the hospital during all the morning, and received the classes in the evening. In Ecuador, after home the classes to 7 in the morning, many of the classes they took place at night (that was when the professors finished their work and went to the university).
TO CHOOSE WELL
Returning to Spain and the 21st century, and at least my Faculty (the Independent one of Madrid), the reality is that the attendance is voluntary. The educational guides of the UAM demand a reduced percentage of attendance (60% in basic and 30% in the clinics), but almost no professor calls roll, reason why there are tens of students who never attend the theoretical classes.
Even so, some of these students grasp them rather well to approve the subjects, and to even remove to the principles notes from their group. Others have more problems to approve, and they even suspend.
Any student, goes or she does not go to class, she must follow a basic process cognitiv to learn the essential knowledge of a subject and pass. Its mind passes through some inescapable steps:
The work of personal study of reading of the material, reflection on the same and comparison with other materials, is the key that determines your degree of understanding of a subject, and your facility to remember it in the future, as much in the examination as in the practices.
IT UNDERSTANDS YOUR REASONS
Accepting the fact that with a manual MIR and tocho organized well it is enough me to prepare an examination correctly, we happened to the following point: for which lack to the classes?
I already know that I seem boring, but this is important.
- Because it costs to you much to rise early and to arrive in the morning at 8 to the first class of the day?
- Because you have verified that costs to you to assimilate concepts presented verbally, although there is support of slides?
- Only lack to the classes that seem to you of bad quality?
- Change the classes to have left do you in different Services of the hospital or the Center of Health, seeing patient?
This is important because you must make sure that not going to class it adapts to your mental capacities. That is to say, if the classes usually are to you useful, but you have stopped going by laziness, you are being in danger. One hour of lost class can suppose in your case a pair of hours of reading by your account to arrive at the same degree of familiarity with a new subject (already we spoke of this in this entrance, in which I tried to give reasons you to go to class).
If the classes of good quality are to you useful, you stopped going to classes one season because they were of bad quality, but in the following fourth month period the classes are good and you continue without going by laziness, moan to tell you that you undergo a problem of will force.
In this entrance I explain to you that the will force is limited, and every day we rose with reserves of the 100%. Unfortunately, throughout the day those reserves go away consumiento through all type of decisions that we must take, by innocents who are. What clothes I put myself? I take the portable one to the Faculty? I go clinical rotation today or I recover another day? I remain to study at home or I leave to the library of the hospital?
If to go to class it depends on your force of will, it will be more difficult than you obtain it. If you are able to turn it into a habit, you will invest less energies and you will be able to use them in taking care of in the class and home to assimilate concepts, and so the later study will be easier to you.
That is to say, you do what you want, but makes your decision for strategic reasons and not by laziness.
If finally you go to class, you will be able to choose between taking notes, or taking care of the chat, or to be making annotations in tocho previously printed. But that already is subject for another post¦ (if you want to read more envelope how to take notes, you can find out what science says to take notes in portable, and techniques manuals that turn your notes into a file of questions of review with a view to the examination).
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