As you guys know I'm studying to become a fire engineer and there are a lot of different subjects that need to be completed in school to get my degree. There are two different kinds of test that one can take, one where you do a lot of calculations and one where it is just a lot of facts that need to be presented. Earlier I though the facts were the easy test but now I'm leaning more towards the calculating tests. You learn a way to calculate a certain kind of problem and then you can apply it to similar problems. They might change the fuel for the fire of different dimensions of the rooms but you still know how to compute the answer. But tests only based on different facts are more difficult, you can't just learn a certain way of solving a question cause it can include so much more and you can describe things in so many different ways. Next week I'm having one test in Fire Dynamics I and one in Psychology and how it affects leadership and crises. Therefore I need to study very differently for these two tests.
For the fire dynamics I'm solving the problems in the book and the other problems our teachers have given us through some old tests. For that test we also get to have a book of formulas with us and a calculator, so that feels a bit easier once you get the hang of how to calculate the different problems and that is moving forward. Then there is the psychology test that I'm not as sure about. It is a totally different way of studying, it is not just sitting and calculating a lot of problems to pass that test. So I've made a bunch of flash cards and trying to learn these, I do know a bit of it from attending classes but it takes some more practice to get it into the long term memory (aahh, one thing we learned about in class...). So I have these flash cards but was a bit unsure of how to most efficiently learn what are one these. Therefore I turned to my friend Youtube. I'm following a guy there, Thomas Frank, that posts a lot of different videos about studying and the tips and advice he gives are very good and luckily he had made a video about flash cards just in July. I watched this and took some of the advice, one of them I didn't take, or actually two of the tips I didn't take. One was using image mnemonics cause it is not easy to apply pictures to all the psychology terms and I don't feel like I have the time for that right now. Also only have one answer on the back of the card doesn't really work for this subject, or it probably does but then I need a huge pile of cards and since I already have about 30 cards I didn't feel like making more of them.
To learn these flash cards I'm applying a new technique I've never used before called Spaced Repetition System. But how it works and how it works for me I'll tell you about later so I can give you a review of how it works. Well that was all for now!