Though I am recently retired, I have had extensive experience as a student over the past 45 years. I earned a degree in Psychology
from the University of Delaware in 1973 with a 2.86/4.00 GPA. I studied for a degree in Medical Technology at the University of Wyoming in the mid-80's but did not complete the coursework. However, at that time I developed a system of study for courses that require extensive memorization of material. For 51 credit hours completed, I earned a 3.86/4.00 GPA. In the early 90's, my wife and I completed our Master's Degrees in Counseling, (South Dakota State University) and using the system I developed, we both earned a 4.00 GPA. I returned to school in the mid-90's at the University of Wyoming and received my J.D. degree in 1996. I found that the system I developed was not amenable to Law
School study (GPA 2.56), but was able to use it to effectively study for the bar exam
and passed it on the first attempt. I was admitted to the Wyoming Bar in 1996. Finally, I returned to College for the fifth time in 2002 and earned an Associate Degree in Nursing
with High Distinction in 2004. Using my system, I again earned a 4.00 GPA. Since February 2014, I have been employed by Laramie County Community College as a part-time tutor in the Nursing program.
I have taken the GRE
, the NCLEX
, the MBE and the LSAT
examinations, in addition to the PSAT
exams. During the course of my career as a college student (in hindsight, my working experiences were secondary!) I have completed over 350 credit hours of college coursework.
My study system is really quite simple, but it requires commitment. The process depends on good input (as does any study methodology), but the key to it working is thorough exposure to and memorization of the materials to be tested. My role in the process is to work with you to develop techniques to ensure all the testable material is inputted to the system, and you then compose an appropriate vehicle to facilitate your assimilation of the materials. Once you have learned the system, it is yours forever and my help is no longer needed. The beauty of the system is that once the vehicle is developed, the process of assimilation can be conducted under a wide range of circumstances and with very little "stuff" to carry around (no books, no flash
cards, no notes).
As I indicated earlier, my study system works best for materials requiring extensive memorization. For example, I have found that it has limited utility in the study of Law, and would not work well with mathematically-oriented courses. It is a system that works best with multiple-choice test formats or test formats of a similar nature. It works less well in test formats requiring narrative responses.
If you are involved in a course of study that sounds like this system might work for you, send me an e-mail! I expect that the amount of time to get you initially introduced to the system would vary per individual, but for an average student, the initial start up process should not take more than 5 hours. I would then work with you to review your preparation prior to tests, and do post-test follow-up with you, and continue that pattern until you felt that the process was working for you and that you could handle it independently. The study system would require that you have a means of doing voice recordings and a convenient means for playing back those recordings.
No matter what you decide to do, good luck to you in your academic endeavors!