After earning a Ph.D in neuroscience from UCLA, actress Mayim Bialik shares her learning strategies that also come in handy for life outside the classroom.
1. "Sit in the front row, raise your hand, and ask questions."
A lot of people are intimidated and don't want to do it, but for me it was to the only way to get my questions answered and keep going. They called me a goody two-shoes, but who cares?
2. "It's normal to want to drop out."
But once you've gotten that far, it's worth it to finish. There are people you can go to, ways to get around those feelings; you don't need to be in a dire situation to use Psychological Services.
3. "It's helpful to have at least one person who doesn't let you drop out."
You often feel like your mom and dad, or your boyfriend, don't really get it. But it really helped me to speak to people in my department who finished, even though they too felt discouraged.
4. "Never underestimate the importance of taking good, thorough notes."
I prefer organized, efficient, longhand note taking. I'm really grateful to my mom, who was a list-taker. I don't come from a fancy academic family, but my mom knows how to make a good list, and that really helped me. Don't be afraid to use too much paper.
5. "It's okay to cry when you don't do well on a test."
Those emotions are there for a reason. You have to grieve your losses, but don't let them stop you from doing great things.