Learning: Myths and Illusions (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:00 Now, these are some of the lies we tell ourselves, right? These are learning myths and illusions.

    00:06 Sometimes we think that wanting to learn is enough.

    00:10 It’s not. You’ve got to be strategic about it.

    00:13 It’s great that you want to learn but you’ve got to be strategic about it and put in the right kind of effort.

    00:18 Sometimes people think spending a long time of studying will guarantee encoding and retrieval.

    00:23 No, it won’t.

    00:24 It breaks my heart when I talk with students and they tell me how many hours they spent trying to study and I know that it’s not effective study for their particular brain.

    00:34 So that’s what we want to save you from in this video series.

    00:37 Some people think that highlighting and underlining is an effective way to remember concepts.

    00:42 Oh my goodness! People walk into my office and I always say, “Hey, if you want to talk about studying, please bring your notes with you and your textbook.” They walk into my office. They set down their textbook.

    00:52 They open it up. I’m like, “Laaa.” I’m like I need sunglasses for goodness sakes.

    00:57 Okay, first of all, that’s not highlighting, that’s coloring.

    01:02 Their pages are so bright I’m almost blinded by it.

    01:05 That’s not highlighting.

    01:08 So you can highlight sparingly when you read but that is just the first tiniest baby step in learning.

    01:15 If you stop there and don’t think about how things all work together, It’s not a way for success for you.

    01:20 Now, this is called the bubblehead concept.

    01:23 Do you know what a bubblehead is? When I’m in class, and I'm lecturing, and I’m talking, and the students are doing this, “Uhmm, uhmm, uhmm,” and I say, “Do you understand?” They say, “Oh yes, yes, we get that.” Then I ask them a question and they say, “Ahhhh.” Yeah, that’s the bubblehead.

    01:40 See, the teacher becomes like this bouncing ball in karaoke and you’re just singing along with me because I’m leading you.

    01:46 But then when I stop and ask you a question and you can’t answer it, my students know I always say, “Hey, stop bubbleheading me.

    01:54 I need you to back up and make sure you really understand that concept.” So just because you can follow a bouncing ball in class, that doesn’t mean you’re going to do well on the test or that you own that information yet.

    02:06 You will with that kind of effort that we’re talking about.

    02:09 Now, understanding is not mastery.

    02:12 Understanding alone is not mastery.

    02:17 Understanding alone is just the first step.

    02:21 That’s the, “Zzzzzzzz, I know enough to pass the test.” Hey listen, your test score doesn’t really always tell me what kind of nurse you’re going to be.

    02:29 I’ve had some students that were 4.0s.

    02:31 Now not all like this, but I’m telling you I’ve seen nursing students across the country that have been a 4.0.

    02:36 But if I woke up and they're taking care of me, I might pull my own plug.

    02:40 They’re really good at testing but making real life decisions might not be their strong suit.

    02:46 So don’t misunderstand.

    02:48 Just understanding facts and figures doesn’t mean you have mastery of the content.

    02:53 Mastery takes understanding plus practice recalling in a variety of settings and ways.

    03:00 Looking at a concept from all different kinds of angles, that’s what leads to mastery.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Learning: Myths and Illusions (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Study Skills: Learn How to Study Nursing.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Wanting to learn is enough.
    2. Spending a lot of time studying will guarantee learning.
    3. Highlighting and underlining is an effective way to remember concepts.
    4. Understanding a subject is not the same as mastering a subject.
    1. To understand the subject and to be able to recall and apply that information in a variety of settings
    2. To understand the subject and to be able to repeat that information to others
    3. To understand the subject and to be able to apply it in one specific setting
    4. To have a basic understanding of the subject so that you can likely answer a test question correctly

    Author of lecture Learning: Myths and Illusions (Nursing)

     Rhonda Lawes

    Rhonda Lawes

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    This is absolutely true!!!
    By blight n. on 15. June 2019 for Learning: Myths and Illusions (Nursing)

    True. It's not a matter of high-paced learning. It's about having the patience and perseverance to do the same thing all over and over again.