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Improving learning techniques

Elective courses, supporting your leaning technique improvement

We have launched two elective courses to improve your learning techniques to perform better at exams and support your successful studies at UNIVET Budapest.

1.Learning techniques and study method (1 credit) elective course by Mr. Levente Somogyi

Medical school tends to demand a lot from students, however, most students arrive with one or two study techniques that may not be suitable to deal with the extremely high volume of materials need to be learned at a rapid pace.

This elective course is specifically designed for first-year students in veterinary school with little or no background in applied study methods and learning techniques. International students at UNIVET do self-report high levels of stress not having appropriate studying tools that adequately prepare students for synthesizing large quantities of academic materials in short periods of times.

The current course aims to provide both specific theoretical and practical skills to cope with studying alone or also in a group format in the following areas: information-processing, monitoring progress, self-assessment, a deeper
understanding of self-discipline, prevention of academic burn-out through proper self-care techniques, time-management skills sensitive to individual needs. Because we are individually wired differently (regarding information processing) affecting the styles of learning, the current course offers a deeper assessment of personal-traits and preferences via online testing further fostering self-knowledge and self-awareness. Look for course description in the NEPTUN system for more details.

2. Physiology of learning by Dr. István Tóth

The course is designed for vet students of the 2nd year.

This course details some interesting aspects of the physiology and anatomy of the central nervous system regarding learning related structures and mechanisms. Topics are covered from macroscopic phenomena to the subcellular levels of learning. The course is designed to spread the knowledge using different accepted teaching methods (lecture, plenary lectures, small group learning, home group learning, self-directed online learning) in order to reveal basic differences in teaching and learning processes. One of the main goals of this course is to help students in understanding teaching and learning and to show them new aspects of learning veterinary knowledge.

Throughout the year, at least two open discussions (forums) are held, at which the advantages and disadvantages of the most common teaching methods are discussed with interactive participation of the students.

Due to the special design of the course, active participation is necessary in order to sit for the written exam at the end.

Type: C
Credit: 2
Time span: 27 hours
Prerequisites: Physiology I.
Lecturer: dr. István Tóth
  • Introduction, definitions; Atomy and histology of learning; Conditional reflexes and operant learning; Mechanism of learning
  • Types and duration of learning; Subcellular and molecular changes during learning
  • Emotions and motivation; sleeping, metacognition
  • Learning styles; „formative and summative” assessment
  • Extramural activities
Examination: written exam
Grading: Marks from 1 to 5


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