EPPP success starts before you open your books and begin studying. Like ancient artifacts can help us rebuild cities, figments of human thought and speech might be able to predict the future of our mental health. Is it possible, then, that preparing for the EPPP encompasses much more than actual studying?
Neuroscientist Mariano Sigman presents a Ted Talk called “Your words may predict your future mental health.” By creating an algorithm to explore the roots of human introspection, and by testing that algorithm in a study on how a group of young people’s speech predicts psychosis, Sigman theorizes that our words today can give us insight on where our minds will be later.
Our friends in the Pacific Northwest are covered in more snow than usual, likely affecting some of their EPPP productivity. Schools and employers have closed their doors for multiple snow days in a row. It’s so unusual, in fact, that elementary-aged kids are itching to be back in the classroom. I don’t know about you, but, as a kid, just one snow day would have been a dream come true, let alone multiple. As an adult, specifically one studying for the EPPP, a couple of snow days would be appealing as a chance for EPPP productivity. However, there’s something that happens when outside circumstances hinder our typical schedule. In the winter, cabin fever kicks in and EPPP productivity can diminish.
Have you returned to your EPPP studies after the holidays only to find that you can’t remember a thing?
Are all the key terms that you carefully memorized before break now slipping from your memory?
Does it feel like you are starting over from scratch?
If your experience is anything like the many others I have worked with, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about, and the answer to all the above questions is an unequivocal yes.
I have good news for you: forgetting isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, forgetting can be a good thing if it forces you to engage in the type of spaced learning that is the basis for long-term memory retrieval.
In my earlier post, ‘How to Develop an EPPP Course of Study over the Holidays (part 2)’ I shared that one of the reasons we often find it difficult to study during the holidays is not because we don’t have enough time – quite often we have even more time during the holidays. Rather, the difficulty arises because the holidays bring so many distractions.
Because of the distractions, we often enter the holidays with ambitious plans for how much we’re going to study, but time somehow slips away from us. Before we know it, the holidays are over and we haven’t done anything productive.
I explained that this problem can be overcome by developing a study schedule that allows you to keep forward momentum with your EPPP studies without compromising the integrity of your holiday celebrations. This post continues offering holiday eppp study tips by considering the neurological benefits that holiday celebrations can bring. I will suggest that once your holiday study regime is in place, you should take full advantage of the benefits afforded by periods of rest and recreation. Instead of seeing your holiday time as an annoying interruption to your EPPP study, you can begin to see it as a valuable time for your brain to solidify and “incubate” what you’ve learned before.
Eat, drink, and be merry… and study. Balancing holiday fun with EPPP prep can be a challenge worth taking on. So can balancing a diet that’s both festive and brain friendly.
Here are six foods that Food Network mentioned are good for brain function:
- Spinach and/or leafy greens
Research claims spinach has time-turning powers, making your brain function like it did when it was five years younger.
They are rich in choline for memory, protein for muscle, and lutein for eyesight. You had better grab some deviled eggs off the appetizer table before they’re all gone.
Omega fats are good for brain development and function as well as a decrease in inflammation. Go ahead and get one more sliver of smoked salmon for your plate.
Antioxidants are to blame for improved short-term memory.
A smart breakfast choice for your morning EPPP study session, oatmeal wakes up your brain.
With vitamins C and E, broccoli boosts immunity. Fight that flu you can’t seem to avoid every winter season.
It sounds like a power smoothie with berries, spinach, and oats would be a great way to start your day. But since it’s the holidays, perhaps something fresh out of the oven might taste more like home for the holidays. Check out Food Network’s breakfast casserole containing eggs and spinach, here.
In our earlier post, ‘How to Continue EPPP Study over the Holidays (part 1)’ we talked about balancing your EPPP study with holiday celebrations. We gave advice on creating a flexible study schedule that allows you to continue studying little and often.
Clearly this type of study routine cannot be achieved without being pro-active and deliberate about the times when you are studying and the times when you are not studying.
By being deliberate, you will preserve the integrity of your study times as well as experience the full benefits of the holiday season.
Many have claimed to know the one secret to success. What if there are eight?
In his Ted Talk, ‘8 Secrets of Success’, Richard St. John condenses over a decade of research about success into three minutes and eight key words.
If success is what you desire, St. John’s eight secrets apply to you whether you’ve failed the EPPP and you’re trying again, or you’re about to make your first attempt.
Ask yourself these eight questions as you discover the secrets:
- What am I passionate about in the psychology field?
- Am I willing to do what it takes to reach my goals?
- Will I be good at what I do?
- Do my psychology-related goals have my focus?
- Am I willing to push myself through failure?
- How will my success serve others?
- What are my most exciting ideas?
- Will I persist in the face of opposition?
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The holidays can be a wonderful time to reconnect with family, friends and to focus on the things that mean the most to you. But holidays can also be times of significant stress.
One of the things that can add to holiday stress is the type of intense study familiar to anyone preparing for their EPPP. Questions such as the following are common:
- “Should I just skip my holiday this year and focus on my EPPP prep instead?”
- “I want to be able to enjoy spending time with my loved ones during this holiday season, but I can’t stop thinking about all the EPPP studying I’m supposed to be doing! Is their a solution?”
- “How can I possibly enjoy this holiday season with the licensure exam hanging over my head?”
If any of these questions sound familiar, I have good news for you. Keeping to an EPPP course of study does not need to ruin your holiday. Whether it’s Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, summer camping or a family reunion, it is possible to pursue a productive course of EPPP study and still enjoy a relaxing, fun-filled holiday season.
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