Chapter 13 First Impression Post

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After taking these 4 personality tests, I feel as if they are very accurate to my personality. First off, all of the tests show me to be more of an extravert rather than an introvert. Which is find is very accurate. I tend to find myself liking social situations rather than being alone, although at sometimes, being alone is not always the worst thing. I tend to enjoy being around tons of people, although, I do not like being the center of attention and tend to stick to the outside of the circle. I don’t find it hard to talk or be outgoing in social situations, which makes me an extravert. In contrast, when it comes to feelings and emotions, I tend to keep mine to myself because I find that to be a difficult thing to share. Although, I am always open and the first to help other people with their emotions and feelings and problems they may be having. Another trait I have is taking other people’s problems and placing the blame on myself. If there is an issue with me and a friend, I tend to take the blame before the other person would, even if it is not my fault,  because I do not like conflict and always look for a resolution.

A common thread through all the test is that I am a planner. I do not like “going with the flow” when it comes to plans. It tends to stress me out. I tend to be very organized as well. All my binders for school are color coordinated and my notes are written perfectly in an organized way. On top of this, I like being giving directions, step by step directions. Ones that I can follow directly and not have room to make mistakes or decisions on my own. I find myself to be bad at decision making and tend to follow what other people may think is the best for the group because I am not good at making decisions. It stresses me out as well.

I find these personality tests to strongly fit who I am. After taking these tests, I reflected on situations that have happened recently and realized I am this way.

Spotlight Blog 2

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School can cause many people stress due to all the work the kids are given by the teachers. They may not know how to correctly manage their time to get it done. On top of all the work they must do, they have to find time to study for exams and quizzes as well. After learning about memory and assessing my own study habits, I have found myself to be more successful when it comes to studying. I see better results on my exams and quizzes. College and high school/middle school studying vary immensely due to the difficulty of the exams, although, the tips for studying are very common.

Memory encoding has 3 steps. Encoding, storage, and retrieval. In order for short term memory to go to long term memory, it has to go through these 3 processes. Long term memory is arranged semantically , which is by a memory of facts. There are many tips to studying and to encoding memories so you remember them for the test.

On Campus Explorer, a variety of studying tips are given. The first one is to take good notes because it will lead to good grades. This is correct. It is important for the student to take notes in a way that they are retaining the information they are writing and not just writing it down because the teacher told them to. Organization is key. You tend to remember things better if they are organized. Kornell’s method is to rewrite your notes after the lecture because it helps you encode the information better. I find it helpful for me to bold, uppercase, or underline terms that are important. The second tip is to stay organized. The best method for effortful encoding is organization, we remember better when we organize the information as we learn it. The next tip is to stay off phones because it is a distraction. It messes with effortful encoding because our mind is remembering the information on our phones and not focusing on the information you should be studying. The next tip is to not cram. This is distributed practice. Study a little bit over time is good for the memory. It encodes a little bit each time you study instead of having to try and memorize everything at once, which is impossible to do. It exhausts the mind trying to memorize too much at once, and you really do not memorize anything at all. The next tip is find your comfort zone. You tend to study and remember things better when you feel comfortable and not stressed out. The last tip is to take breaks. It is good for encoding to take breaks and remember things in chunks and then go back to studying. I think all of these tips are very good for college students. I think what needed to be taken into account is that studying in your dorm room is not the same as studying at home. You are constantly surrounded by your roommate and other floor mates and it can get loud. Going to the library or a classroom by yourself is very efficient, or studying with a group is effective too.

High school studying is a lot different than studying in college. The exams are not as difficult, although studying is still difficult. Student Tutor gives some helpful tips to high school students. Once again it is important to be engaged in class and to take good notes. If you do not take good notes or be engaged in class, you’ll never full understand or learn the information. It is important for the students to be engaged in the class and to ask questions to help their understanding. The second tip is to keep up with homework. High school students have 7-8 classes a day, unlike college students who have 3-4 but have a day in-between to catch up on work in each class. Their schedules are more spaced out with classes. It is important for high school kids to keep up with their work. Once again, organization is key. A good study habit is to stay organized because it is a great method to encoding. Having a routine is important as well. Although, I do not think it really helps with studying. It is more of a way to help prioritize your time and help you to get your work done. Procrastination is also something high school students should not do. It is not good for encoding memory. You will not retain all the information you need to know the night before the exam. I think it is most important for high school students to pay attention in class and to be engaged because they do not have a lot of time in the day to try and study everything at once, considering they have classes everyday from about 8:00-3:00.

Lastly, it is very important for parents to be willing to help their kids study. It is also important for parents to not put a lot of stress on their kids for their grades, because odds are the kids put enough pressure on themselves to do well. Blog Edmentum gives tips to parents for helping their children how to study. One tip is to create a warm and comforting area for their child to study. It is also important for the parent to keep a planner for the kid to help them with time management. Another tip is to help the child review their notes and to quiz them on the notes. It helps memory encoding when the child is quizzed before hand and when they speak their notes aloud. Teaching your child to ask for help is also important. Memory works best when you completely comprehend everything you are learning. This is called elaboration, when you go beyond the definition and make connections to understand the information better. Parents should be willing to help their kids with this. Parents also must take distractions away. Parents can take the child’s phone, laptop, and/or tv to help them focus on their notes. This is important for memory encoding.

Studying can be a very difficult task. Their are plenty of tips to study successfully and they should be taken seriously. Memory encoding can be a complicated process and it is important for kids to focus when they are studying and to follow all the tips provided. Studying in groups or with parents can be very efficient. Use these study tips to best remember all the information!

 

 

Works Cited

https://www.campusexplorer.com/college-advice-tips/2DF9E34D/7-Best-Study-Tips-for-College-Students/

https://student-tutor.com/blog/top-10-high-school-study-tips/

http://blog.edmentum.com/7-tips-parents-help-your-child-develop-effective-study-skills

Chapter 9 Impression Post

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Many people tend to view intelligence as a genetic trait passed along, although that is not the case. There are many other factors to intelligence. One big thing people focus on and feel as if it lowers their self esteem is if they are smart or not, and they tend to base if they are smart enough or not is on their grades. Which is not always the best thing to do.

For myself, I know I am intelligent but I also let my grades affect my self reflection of my intelligence. If I receive a bad grade, I feel as if I am not as smart as I think I am, and vice versa if I receive a good grade. Although, its not always the grades. It also involves the school and teachers and the way they they are teaching the material. There’s plenty of different types of learners, visual, auditory, etc. For myself, I am a visual learner and tend to do better in a class when I have visuals of the information that is being taught. Throughout highschool, I felt as if all my teachers were more teaching towards the auditory learners and I felt as if I was not comprehending the information. Therefore, I felt I was less intelligent than I actually was, but in reality I was just not learning the information in a way that my brain understood it.

When I got to college, I found my teachers to be teaching towards both sides of the learners. My professors provide pictures and visuals in their powerpoints and lectures. My professors also are very open to help me with understanding the information.

Highschool and college are completely different considering the work. At times I feel as if  I am not as smart as I actually am, but I realized that that’s not the case. It is just that I need to retain the information in a way that my brain understands it, which has helped me to improve my grades and feel as intelligent as I actually am.

Chapter 3 Sleep

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College students are often sleep deprived because they are up all night studying or at practice if they are an athlete. Balancing homework, athletics, social life, and sleep is difficult for college students. This often leads them to be sleep deprived and making their way through the days on a cup of coffee. I find my sleep schedule to be very messed up and not healthy. Ill be up until 1:00-2:00 every night doing work because throughout the day I have class and practice so I don’t find the time to do my work until 10:00 some nights. After going to bed at such an ungodly hour, I must wake up at 9:00 three days a week and twice a week, luckily I can sleep until 10:30 because of my class schedule. This is still not healthy though.

I think a smart goal for college students is to try to 9-10 hours of sleep every night because they must be fully functioning and wide awake for their hard day ahead of them. Although this is a smart goal, it is not a realistic goal. A realistic goal is about 7 1/2-8. This isn’t the healthiest goal, but it is the most realistic due to all the other stuff college students must balance. It is better than 3-4 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is good for the brain, and it is most important to study right before you fall asleep so your brain can process the information while you sleep. That is why I do my homework and studying before I go to sleep, although I should not be up as late because that is not necessarily good for the brain and memory.

Sleep is very important for our health and our brain. In order to be successful throughout our days we need sleep. Especially college students, because college is more stressful than anything to our bodies and our brain due to the amount of stuff we must balance.

Chapter 3 Sleep

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College students are often sleep deprived because they are up all night studying or at practice if they are an athlete. Balancing homework, athletics, social life, and sleep is difficult for college students. This often leads them to be sleep deprived and making their way through the days on a cup of coffee. I find my sleep schedule to be very messed up and not healthy. Ill be up until 1:00-2:00 every night doing work because throughout the day I have class and practice so I don’t find the time to do my work until 10:00 some nights. After going to bed at such an ungodly hour, I must wake up at 9:00 three days a week and twice a week, luckily I can sleep until 10:30 because of my class schedule. This is still not healthy though.

I think a smart goal for college students is to try to 9-10 hours of sleep every night because they must be fully functioning and wide awake for their hard day ahead of them. Although this is a smart goal, it is not a realistic goal. A realistic goal is about 7 1/2-8. This isn’t the healthiest goal, but it is the most realistic due to all the other stuff college students must balance. It is better than 3-4 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is good for the brain, and it is most important to study right before you fall asleep so your brain can process the information while you sleep. That is why I do my homework and studying before I go to sleep, although I should not be up as late because that is not necessarily good for the brain and memory.

Sleep is very important for our health and our brain. In order to be successful throughout our days we need sleep. Especially college students, because college is more stressful than anything to our bodies and our brain due to the amount of stuff we must balance.

Spotlight Post 1

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Divorce has become a more common thing in the US over the past couple years, and the biggest debate on this topic is “Does it affect kids negatively or not at all?”. According to psychologytoday.com, their article “The Impact of Divorce on Young Children and Adolescents”, states that it does affect kids. Although, it states that it affects kids differently depending on the age they are when their parents get divorced. It shows that it intensifies a Child’s dependence and accelerates an adolescents independence. The research also shows that in a young child who has divorced parents, they have a harder time trusting as they grow up. They see their parents, who they used to depend on for everything, act in an undependable way, because they are separated. This article also takes a look at the adolescent age of when parents get divorced. The adolescent ones tend to act more aggressively towards the divorce and try to live a separate life from their parents because they feel as their parents have failed to keep the family together.

In the next article I found, emeryondivorce.com, titled “How Divorce Affects Children”, states that kids with divorced parents are affected negatively by it, no matter the age, although it all depends on how the parents handle the divorce. Children are at a higher risk of having psychological and behavioral problems due to their parents divorce. Children tend to be extremely stressed and have trust issues seeing their parents love fail and their families break apart. The article also shows the other side to the argument though. If parents handle the divorce maturely and talk to their kids through the whole process, kids will become resilient to it. The parents who do a good job of managing the divorce, normally have children that will come out of the situation perfectly normal, just like kids who do not have divorced parents. Although some children end up alright, they still may have worries about their future relationships and they may still have some trust issues. They may always have the “ongoing worrying” behavior.

The next article, verywellfamily.com, titled “Psychological Effects of Divorce on Kids” agrees heavily with my first article mentioned in my blog. This article shows that kids are almost always affected negatively by divorce. Kids may not only be stressed out and upset that their parents are divorcing, but study shows that most kids feel as if it their fault and place the blame and stress on themselves.  Young kids also struggle with the idea of why they must go back and forth from mom’s house to dad’s house, when at one point it was the same house for both of them, now its two separate. Some kids also act aggressively towards the divorce and favor one parent over the other, which creates an even bigger divisor in the parents. This article also assess the idea that children struggle long term with divorced parents. Their grades may slip, their behaviors will change, their own trust in their marriage slips, and when their parents go to get remarried they will tend to act differently towards the “step-parent”. This study summarizes the idea that children are better in houses of warm and comforting parents who are together, than in homes where the parents are constantly fighting and tensions are always high, which typically then ends up in divorce. This can cause many issues to the child mentally and sometimes physically in the present and the future.

The last article I found is in The Washington Post, titled “Divorce doesn’t always hurt the kids”. This article argues that children are not always affected by divorce. Children may have problems at home that even if the parents remained together, they would still be affected, for example, child abuse. This article also states that all children are different so they cannot be generalized. All children deal with the stress of divorce differently. If a child is really young, like an infant, they may not understand divorce. So when these children grow up, all they know is separated parents, they’ve never experienced their parents together. This article summarizes that parents really are the deciding factor on if their child is affected or not. If the parents do a good job with helping the child through the divorce, then they will hardly be affected and come out okay. If the parents make the child feel as if they are apart of the divorce and are constantly fighting in front of the child, it will affect them negatively.

Being a child with divorced parents, I take the side that it negatively affects the child. My parents divorced when I was 13, and they were constantly fighting in front of me and I felt as if the divorce was my fault for a little while. I watched my friends have full, happy families while mine was broken. Having to have split holidays and not knowing which parent I will spend the holiday with, has taken a toll. I have no other family members with divorced parents so being the only one in my extended family with has also taken a toll and affected me. Having divorced parents has not affected me in school, but has affected my trust issues and fears for my future relationships. Studies have also showed that some children develop a stronger relationship with one parent over the other after the divorce, and I find that that has happened in my life. Divorce takes a toll on each and every child differently, although I would never wish this life upon anyone, it has caused more stress in my life than when before my parents were divorced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 3 Impression Post

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Marijuana has taken a switch from being illegal for recreational use in every state to being legalized for medical reasons. I personally do not agree with this switch. I think some people abuse the “medical” aspect of it. Some doctors prescribe medical marijuana to patients who lie about symptoms and medical conditions, simply because they are addicted to the high it gives them. I believe in the science behind actual medications, not marijuana.

I feel as if scientists discovered medicines that would work to cure the person permanently, while as medical marijuana will just be a temporary cure. Growing up with my parents I’ve been taught drugs have no good effect on a person and that they should not be used. Drugs are a temporary escape from pain and stress, but in today’s world we have a wide variety of medicines that can help more than marijuana would.

I personally do not think it should be legal. Patients can lie about their symptoms or simply get a “fake” prescription just so they can abuse the legalization of medical marijuana. I think that this turn is just leading to more bad than it is good. While marijuana may have good effects temporarily and in the moment, but we are ignoring the bad effects it has on a person long term. Doctors simply prescribe normal medicines with a certain dosage so we do not overdose on normal medicines, and with marijuana patients can still get “addicted” to it even if it is “legal”. I think it is safest for all states to keep it illegal for everyones safety.

Chapter 7 post

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Technology has been taking over our world for the past 20 years, but not necessarily all in a good way. Over these years, the amount of violent video games has increased. There are many negative criticisms towards these violent games. It has shown to have negative effects on the child playing the game. Young children and teenagers are playing these games and resulting of it, they have a more aggressive behavior towards real life people because they are aggressive to the characters in the game, so they think it is okay. I agree with this and think that young children, who have not had the chance to have their brains matured and developed, should not be playing such violent video games. This could lead to them thinking it is alright to be violent in real life.

In class, we have touched on the parenting styles and how the environment a child grows up in shapes the child. If parents allow and encourage their child to play these violent games, it will cause the child to be more aggressive and be negative towards the people around them. I do not think these video games should stop being sold, they just need to be monitored and sold to the correct age group.

Chapter 4 Impression Post

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There are so many different kinds of ways for a parent to help develop their children into happy, healthy, and productive members of society. I believe that there’s no “right” way but there is definitely a “best” way in my opinion.

When a child is first born and growing into their toddler years, they need love and nurturing. The world is a big place in their small eyes and they rely on their parents for everything. The parents need to be their shoulder to lean on. Some parents think it is ok to take “off” days and not parent, but a child needs their parent to be there 24/7 as they are growing up. I believe as the child grows up, they see their parents as their role models and will do what they do because they don’t know any better.

As the child gets older it comes time for the parents to set boundaries and their own rules. The child needs to be taught right from wrong at a young age and be disciplined, but not too much that it is overbearing. I believe that if parents are too strict it just causes the child to sneak around and do stuff behind their parents’ backs.

From personal experience, I have a very good relationship with my parents because they were not overly strict. I believe parents need to be able to put themselves in their kids shoes when they make a mistake because odds are they we’re in the same spot when they were children. Parents aren’t supposed to be their child’s best friend, but they are supposed to be the safety and shoulder for them when they need it.

 

Extra Credit Post

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“Miguel has been struggling with his coursework lately. He has felt very tired in recent weeks and has found it difficult to focus on his studies. Even though he is always tired, he has trouble falling asleep at night, is irritable during the day, and picks fights with his roommate. He is a bit of a perfectionist and gets mad at himself when he makes even tiny mistakes. It’s gotten to the point where he doubts his ability to do anything right.”

Based on psychodynamics, Miguel’s problems are not within his consciousness, but within his unconscious mind. He may not know the root of his issues, which is what psychodynamics is all about. Psychodynamics is the about unconscious mind and desires. He may be desiring something he is unaware of. He may have internal issues he is unaware of as well.

Based on behavioral psychology, Miguel may be fighting with his roommate because he sees others doing this kind of behavior. Behavioral psychology has to do with observable behaviors and if he sees others acting in a sort of way, he will tend to do the same. This can also lead back to his unconscious mind, and he may be unaware of what is causing the fighting.

Based on humanistic psychology, Miguel is struggling internally with personal strength. He may feel as if he is not smart enough for the course load he has been handed, since he is clearly struggling with it. He may have doubts about his personal strength which causes him to lash out.

Cognitive psychology studies the brain and its thoughts. Miguel may be struggling in class because there is a lot of information thrown at him and he may have trouble retaining it all. This may cause frustration and may make it hard for him to do his work if he doesn’t fully understand it.

Cultural psychology is the study of how mental processes and behaviors vary across cultures. Miguel may be struggling at home and bring the tension with him to college. He may be feeling pressured by people he has at home. In his education he may have been very smart and top of his class which set a standard for him that he may not be able to reach at the college level. This may explain his frustration with his course load.

Neuroscience is how the brain and body enable memories and emotions and sensory experiences. Miguel is having a difficult time with his course load and this may be caused by a weak ability to memorize the information his professors are giving to him in his classes. All his problems can relate back to neuroscience, considering it is all about his emotions and brain.