a reply to: octotom
Here's an exercise that will help you expand your mind's capacity to study and retain information. You need to know that every bit of information
that you'll commit to learning will create new brain synapses; these synapses will reinforce each other systemically and dynamically. This is a
You're tired. You've been reading and re-reading information for days. You feel exhausted by the sheer volume of the information that must be
reviewed for your exam. It feels overwhelming.
Take a step back and picture your brain.
Picture everything that you know and have learned in your theological studies.
Recognize that you control your brain and the process of learning.
Picture what you have learned already and begin to group everything you have learned about theology into one area of your mind.
Picture yourself as a mental detective roping this one area off in yellow caution tape.
This is the realm of what you know. Don't worry about this information- you can access it whenever you want. You have total recall of this
You are currently standing within the confines of this caution tape. Now, Look out beyond the caution tape- you will see a blank canvas of the mind.
It is blank terrain waiting to be contracted for use.
Slip underneath the caution tape.
Start walking away from everything you have already learned.
Walk until you you are in a completely empty area, far away from everything you've already learned.
Take a seat and open your notes. This area of the brain is yours for cultivating and developing additional information for studying purposes.
Personality psychology is just now catching up to what theologians have known all along- the power of belief can change everything. You're going to
do just fine on your exam.
Lastly, don't cram tomorrow. The best thing you can do for yourself is eat a great and hearty meal on Sunday (early evening) and get a great night's
sleep on Sunday night, feeling totally sure that you've put your best effort into studying. You'll do just fine.