Success Types for Medical Students: A Program for Improving Academic Performance
John W. Pelley, PhD. With Bernell Dalley, PhD.
First Edition 1997, Texas Tech University Division of Extended Learning, Lubbock: 243 pages ISBN: 0-9665049-0-9
Reviewed By Guy M. Nehrenz, Ed.D., RRT.
Medical students are constantly searching for ways to put information into a form that is both efficient and helpful in studying for in-class exams and boards. A few attempts have been made to write self-help books to assist students in better study methods. Success Types for Medical Students is a book that may have touched on an excellent method of developing study tools to help medical students and other health sciences practitioners during school and beyond
What is refreshing about this text, is that the author is working from experience in the classroom. This is not a manuscript of regurgitated facts and figures that have been put together in an attempt to create a book. Though Myers - Briggs is the main thrust of much of the book, the "bubble diagrams" are the area I felt would be truly helpful to students.
In my experience, most medical students are somewhat interested in their learning type, but probably won't "waste" the time to take the Myers-Briggs, let alone seek out a psychologist or educator to help them interpret the results. I feel it is more important for the professor to know the learning styles of their students and to gear their lectures to meet these needs. To this end, I feel that this book is good for both the student and professor.
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Overall, the quality of the book is excellent. The format and print are appropriate and the diagrams are well thought out. This is a book for students and professors alike. I believe counselors would find this book beneficial as well.
Note: More information on the strategies proposed in this book can be found in the SuccessTypes Medical Education Page