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Take our Public Safety Learning Styles Quiz and Find Out Which Learning Style Suits You Best!
Whether you are a student or a professional, we have to learn more and more to be an effective EMT, paramedic, police officer, nurse, firefighter, or military service member. If you don’t know which learning style fits you best, you can unlock effective and efficient studying.
At the end of the quiz you’ll find out which style dominates and tips to maximize your learning.
The learning styles quiz is based on the Audio, Kinesthetic, Read/ Write and Visual learning styles. The program is an evidenced based system used by thousands of organizations. This quiz is tailored to help EMT’s, firefighters, law enforcement and police officers, nurses, paramedics, and military personnel/ veterans find their learning style.
Most people have overlapping learning styles with one or two dominant styles present. We are developing a tool to help public safety and medical students identify all dominate learning styles.
What to do with the results
After identifying tour dominate learning style with the quiz, review the tips. Use them and not which ones work and which do not. Also, share the results with your instructor and ask for tips on how to use this information in their class.
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Register for the 2nd annual National Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium May 24-27, 2021 held virtually! The First Responder Center for Excellence have prepared an agenda with researchers with a scientific-based topics aimed at helping to spread information about first responder mental health to the nations fire services.
Visit the agenda for the symposium and register here!
National Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium
- Event Dates & Times:
- Monday May 24th, -Thursday May 27th, 2021
- 1300- 1700 EST each day
- NOTE: When viewing the agenda, find the note just below the title “Agenda” to change the agenda times to your time zone.
- FREE! Registration Required
- Session Types
- Agenda can be viewed here.
- Live and Pre-recorded
- Each day the sessions close with the day’s highlights and a Q&A session
The team at Questions for Science did an excellent job describing the physiology of a headshot GSW. Check it out below!
CNM is Seeking TWO Full-Time EMS Instructors for the EMT, AEMT, and Paramedic Training Programs
Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico is hiring two Paramedics to serve as a full-time, three term (year round), EMS instructors, to join EMS faculty in January 2021. The job posting is currently open and the deadline has been extended: closes September 28, 2020.
Minimum requirements include:
- Associates degree or higher from an accredited institution.
- At least two years recent field experience at the paramedic level.
- Hold a NM I/C Certification or equivalent.
- At least 1 year teaching or training experience.
- Must be a registered and licensed Paramedic holding either a current New Mexico or national license.
The job posting can be found here.
Search and apply for jobs at CNM on their career page.
Information about working at CNM is listed here.
Learn about CNM on their About CNM page.
What’s better to take notes with, laptop vs. notebooks?
Notebooks with handwritten notes likely the best choice.
Not all note-taking styles are created equal. Which method you use may depend on the season, the class, or your latest Google search for note-taking techniques. Taking notes is an essential skill in any college or university class worth almost as much as the content itself. Though there are many note-taking styles with little no evidence that they are helpful, science does have something to say about which way you capture your notes. Laptops are out, pen, paper, and maybe tablet are in. Note-taking on a laptop computer is less effective than taking longhand notes by writing in a study by both Princeton University and UCLA (1). Here are some key points from the study any EMT student can use to help when in class and studying:
- Obviously, a laptop will create a distraction if you are browsing kitten videos on YouTube.
- Multitasking is terrible for memorization. Though the study doesn’t address this, the authors point out that most literature on the subject outlines how a laptop distracts us.
- Verbatim notes don’t help. The thought is if you are focusing on writing notes verbatim in your EMT or medic class, than you are not processing what is taught. Rather than verbatim, take notes that summarize the EMT information in your own words. This method uses the brain to process the lesson leading you to think about the concept and extract the parts important to you. It requires active listening and paying attention while actively thinking about the concept.
The researchers wrote that students who had been able to write notes longhand and allowed to study before taking an exam performed “superior” to those using a laptop (1). The EMT will benefit from honing the skill of taking notes by hand, abbreviating and paraphrasing, since we take notes in the field for charting in the same way. It is impossible to take verbatim notes when attending to a patient. So, it seems the “What’s better to take notes with, laptop vs notebook which is better in college?”, the question is answered- handwritten notes in a notebook work best.
Mueller, P. A., Oppenheimer, D. M. (2014.) The pen is mightier than the keyboard: advantages of longhand over laptop note taking. Association for Psychological Sciences. 25(6):1159-1168