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OK, you've noted my web address in the biography on the UWS web-pages. Fine. J I don't currently have much on my personal pages that just anyone would be interested in, but you are certainly welcome to come take a look. I've got a number of pages linked to my home page. Just click on the button below. Enjoy. Oh, wait, while you're here, you can review my "UWS chiropractic program survival tips" below.

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Mark's UWS Chiropractic program survival tips

[This listing of comments was actually created by a former student, Megan O'Shaughnessy.
She interviewed me several years ago… and all this flowed out.]

1. There isn't any one, big, difficult course at WSCC -- but there are lots of smaller, not-so-difficult ones. Therefore, time management is critical. A colleague has described the professional educational experience as trying to take a drink out of a fire hose. That’s probably about right. So much to do, so little time.

2. Find a book called Get Your 'A' Out of College. Although some of this book pertains to getting through freshman English and other general college courses (and, therefore, at least somewhat irrelevant), it has large sections on test-taking strategies and memorization techniques which are very useful. If you find yourself struggling, check it out. There is a copy or two in the WSCC library as well as the bookstore.

3. Hit it [studying] as hard as possible when you first begin in the first quarter. If you do well on your first midterms, which begin 3-4 weeks into the first quarter, then you can evaluate how well your effort is matching up to your results, and you'll be in a good position to adjust it. No one likes digging out of a hole. J

4. Visit the faculty as much as possible. Nearly all are VERY available. I think you'll find them more accessible that other college professors you've had at other institutions.

5. Form study groups. Test each other mercilessly. Often it's the act of testing a fellow classmate that really drives the material in the best (as opposed to being tested). Make it a healthy challenge to your brain.

6. Try to link the things you've learned… look for as many different ways as you possibly can to interrelate all the material that has found its way into your head. Go through your notes backward and hopping about. In the basic science courses, consider this activity a prelude to the clinical world.

7. When you're responding to a question in a study group, try to talk like you're telling a story. It will help, and you'll need such descriptive skills someday when you're explaining things to your patients.

8. Beware of the dangerous "false sense of security phase" we all pass when learning something. It's easy to get to a point where you'll be going over your notes again and again (in preparation for an exam). Some students think they're ready but they aren't; beware that you may have entered the "false sense of security phase" of "knowing" something, wherein you're only recognizing the material and mistaking that state for actually knowing it. ["Yeah I know that… and that and that and that and that" (as you turn the pages of your notes) - when you really mean to say "yeah I recognize that and that and that…"] A better test would be to ask yourself "if my notes where lost in a fire, could I recreate them?" J An important way to push yourself past this potential false sense of security state is to start to interrelate the material (item #6 above) from all over the subject; look for common patterns or dissimilarities. A study group is another tool to us to check that you're not fooling yourself (presumably with members that aren't just like you).

9. If you're having serious difficulty in a course, alert the instructor that you might need a tutor. There is a tutor program and it's free for those truly in need.

10. Remember that none of this is too terribly important. Your LIFE is important; your loved ones are important. J You had a personal life before WSCC and you'll have one after it. J J J

11. Be leery of the rumor mill. If you're wondering about something you've heard floated about, ASK someone that knows. A small college community can easily spread a falsehood. Just contact a faculty member or administrator; we're very accessible and would be happy to answer your questions.

12. "For every chiropractor, there is an equal and opposite chiropractor." the late Joe Keating, Ph.D., quoting Stanley Martin, D.C. OK, so I couldn't resist tossing this one in here; I like it.

13. Be a skeptical inquirer.