Common Exhibit #3 Retrieval Practice self-study

Techniques Used:

1) Quizlet

2) Mnemonic Devices

3) Mind Maps

1) Quizlet

Test #1: Psychology 2010 Test

Quizlet for Test #1

Technique: I used the learn/flashcards button for the quizlet for one hour every day, beginning a week before the test. The test was on Monday, January 30th and I began studying the quizlet Monday, January 23rd. This was 7 hours total of studying the quizlet. The quizlet was made up of the bolded terms in the textbook and the terms mentioned in class in my notes.

Grade Results: 79

Reflection: This definitely worked for me. Last semester the highest grade I got on a test was a 68. Even though a 79 is still a C, it is so close to a B and I am able to work hard for the next test to bring my grade up. I am a memorization person and a visual learner so I like being able to see the definitions and match them up with the term and memorize what goes with what.

Test #2: Intro to Ethics Test

Quizlet for Test #2

Technique: I used the learn/flashcard buttons for this quizlet as well, for one hour per day, beginning a week before the test. The test was on Wednesday, February 8th and I began studying the quizlet a week before on Wednesday, February 1st. This was also 7 hours total of studying the quizlet. The quizlet is made up of terms from the teacher's powerpoint and from my notes.

Grade Results: 100

Reflection: This technique obviously worked for me very well, as my grade reflects on it. This was outstanding to me because I have not received a 100 in a very long time. Like I said, I am a visual learner and like being able to see the definition and the term matched and memorize it.

Test #3: Psychology 2010 Test 2

Quizlet for Test #3

Technique: I used the learn/flashcards button for this quizlet as well, for one hour per day, beginning a week before the test. The test was on Monday, February 20th and I began studying the quizlet a week before the test on Monday, February 13th. This was a total of 7 hours studying the quizlet. The quizlet is made up of the bolded terms in the textbook and the terms in my notes that were mentioned during class.

Grade Results: 77

Reflection: This definitely was beneficial considering a 77 is only two points away from a 79, which I got on the test before. Although I studied the same amount of time, I felt as if this test was a little more difficult, which is good that I got around the same grade. Quizlet is by far my favorite studying technique because it is quick, easy, and enables me to memorize and visualize the definitions.

2) Mnemonic Devices

Test #1: Psychology 2010 Test

Technique: For this test, I had to memorize the two schools of psychology and the three theoretical perspectives of psychology, but it was important that I memorized these in chronological order and knew which one came before which. Therefore, I created the mnemonic device: Silly Fun Patricia Bought Hummus. This stood for Structuralism, Functionalism, Psychoanalysis, Behaviorism, and Humanism. Because I am a visual learner, I drew this out and looked over it twice a day, once before bed and once when I woke up, starting 5 days before the test. The test was on Monday, January 30th and I began studying this mnemonic device on Wednesday, January 25th.

Grade Results: 79

Reflection: I liked this technique because it enabled me to memorize the perspectives of psychology in a more interesting and interactive way. It made memorizing less boring, and easier when I memorize a silly sentence I easily remembered the terms.

Test #2: Intro to Ethics Test

Technique: For this test, I had to memorize 7 types of moral views that we studied throughout class. The 7 views were Virtue Ethics, Moral Responsibility, Deontology, Consequences Theory, Utilitarianism, Libertarianism, and Laissez-faire Capitalism. In order to memorize these 7 theory names, I created the mnemonic device: Very Mean Dentists Came Up Last Class. Because I am a visual learner I drew this out colorfully on paper, and glanced over it and recited the mnemonic device to myself twice a day, once before bed and once when I woke up, beginning 5 days before the test. The test was on Wednesday, February 8th, so I began looking at this mnemonic device on Friday, February 3rd.

Grade Results: 100

Reflection: This was beneficial and fun and helped me learn the 7 moral views in an interactive way. Even though the mnemonic device is silly, it was easy to memorize and enabled me to quickly remember the 7 moral views.

Test #3: Psychology 2010 Test 2

Technique: For this test, I had to memorize the 4 lobes of the cerebral cortex of the brain. In order to memorize the 4 lobes and the correct order, I came up with the mnemonic device: Owls Prey Towards Foxes. This stood for occipital, parietal, temporal, and frontal. The mnemonic device sounds silly but it actually worked. I drew this out as well and began looking at this before I went to bed and when I woke up for 5 days. The test was on Monday, February 20th, and I began looking at this drawing of the mnemonic device on Wednesday, February 15th.

Grade Results: 77

Reflection: I liked this technique and found it very interactive and easy to learn. Although the mnemonic device is silly and does not make much sense logically, it enabled me to memorize the 4 lobes of the cerebral cortex. Just by memorizing the mnemonic device, if I forget one lobe I can think of the first letter of the mnemonic device and automatically remember which lobe. This is definitely a useful technique that I like; however, it can only be used to study certain things. It is more of a memorization technique for names, places, and people.

3) Mind Maps

Test #1: Psychology 2010 Test

Technique: For this technique, I looked at my notes to study and began with the most basic definitions, then drew lines with the terms that are under that category becoming more specific each line.

Grade Results: 79

Reflection: During the moment of me actually studying this technique really helped me think about the definition and understand it and study it. However, after studying I tried to look back a few hours after and it just looks like a giant clash of words. It is very confusing and is not very organized. I like this technique for in the moment studying, however it is not my favorite technique to use to study.

Test #2: Intro to Ethics Test

Technique: For this technique, I took the basic subject of ethics and drew lines to all 7 of the theories that we learned, then drew lines of principles or concepts and definitions that had to do with the theory. While doing this I studied the definition and looked over the notes on that term.

Grade Results: 100

Reflection: During the moment this helped me study and understand the theory and underlying concepts. However, just as the other mind maps, I tried to look over it a few hours after and got really confused because it looked like a bunch of random terms scattered everywhere. This technique is okay and obviously helped because I got a 100 on the test. However, it is not the strongest or my favorite technique at all.

Test #3: Psychology 2010 Test 2

Technique: For this technique I began with the general nervous system then drew lines getting more specific to the two types of nervous systems, to the types of those, etc. While doing this I studied the term in my notes and in my book.

Grade Results: 77

Reflection: This technique was good for studying in the moment especially because this is about the two types of nervous systems, which has two types of each, getting more and more specific. It allowed me to get a sense of which term goes under which category/nervous system. However, I tried to look over this mind map a few minutes before the test and it sort of confused me because I was in a rush and it looked like a bunch of scrabble and was not very organized. I like my information organized in order to learn it, therefore this was not a very good technique for me.

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