all notes while listening. In an upper corner write down the title
and date. Rewrite and combine your old study and lesson notes into a new
single set of notes or outline.
gives you complete control of, and fast access to the learning process - Your
Course Notes - their organization, additions, replacements and rewrites!
and listen attentively.
Be a good
listener - Focus and concentrate on the main points of the lesson. Get them
down on paper. You'll put them in your own words later, along with your
study notes. Pay attention to the teacher's notes as to what they consider
is something you don't understand, ASK!
classroom access to key information on major topics, use a Quick Study chart,
after a class, without looking at your notes, try to recall on a separate
paper as much as you can about what you have heard and learned. Then review
your actual notes to confirm and/or supplement your memory.
next study session, quickly recall again on paper what you learned. Then
review and reorganize your notes in your own words.
recall process several times over several days to commit the new information
Your listening skills, note taking and ability to manage your studies,
will be the prime determinant of your success in school!Dealing With Teachers
Go to see
your teachers during their office hours. Take advantage of the opportunity.
TO SAY NO! - Saying no to television programmes, movies, etc. does not make
you a terrible person.
NOT STUDY FOR MORE THAN 2 HOURS AT A TIME - Your brain really does shut down
and any studying you do after that point is just a waste of time.
an hour by hour weekly timetable. Using your class timetable as a guide,
block out specific times each day for study and all other activities. RULE
OF THUMB: two and a half hours of study for each day.
a term timetable showing mid-terms, finals, due dates and other important
events. Review both timetables weekly and allow more study time as needed.
A good timetable keeps you from wandering off class.
- Daily list what you need to study, prioritize and set times for each item
and stick to it.
THE 30-3-2 SCHEDULE
for 30 minutes.
a 3-minute break. Let the break be a time to think about other things
returning, take an extra 2 minutes to mentally review what you have just
read and do a quick preview of what is coming up next.
tips in the scheduling time box of this chart.
down the due date for the projects.
backwards. How many days will you need to edit, re-write, revise, write,
take notes, research, read, select the topic?
know what day you will need to begin the projects.
revise this process after each project.
TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOUR TEACHER EXPECTS.
USE A COMPUTER
and learn to type your own project. Do not depend on other classmate.
AFRAID TO EXPRESS AN OPINION. The key is support your ideas in an organized
THE TEXT, start at the end of your project. Read one sentence at a time and
work your way to the beginning. Why? Your brain already knows what you have
written. By reading from the end to the beginning, the pattern is broken and
you will find more errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling.
RELY ON SPELL CHECK. Remember "principle" and "principal" are both correct
spellings. Which word did you intend to use?
& SCANNINGSkimming & scanning enable you
to select material(s) which should be read and/or discarded
determine main idea.
for reading (or facts sought) clearly in your mind.
move eyes over reading material focusing upon heading, discarding
information that is obviously not related to reading intent.
reading rates should be twice as fast as average reading speed.
omit parts of reading material.
quickly as possible the key or topic sentence of each paragraph (usually,
but not always, the first sentence).
skimming and scanning to locate information- repeated practice will increase
the last paragraph for summary information.
review tables, charts and any side boxes.
THE SQ3R+READING METHOD
the reading material to be studied by scanning the text quickly to discover
the author's main idea.
preview, form an overall picture and the purpose of what you're going to
need to learn in terms of: what, why, how, when, who and/or where to support
the main idea.
questions in the margins of your textbook or at the top of your study notes.
to answer the questions.
contain one or more main ideas in support of that concept.
highlight them with a marker. Make notes in the margins summarizing key
points. Pay special attention to bold or italicized type and to tables,
graphs & illustrations which may explain an idea more powerfully than
(every 15 minutes or so) to recall in your own words a summary of what you
have read: what the important ideas or concepts are and how the text, examples,
graphs, charts or illustrations support them.
note paper as much as you can recall about what you have read and learned!
Each mini review is a knowledge builder and memory reinforcer.
answer your questions, understand the new material and accomplish your goal?
parts, work a few more problems.
and reviewing the same material several times over a period of several days
in the best way to fully absorb and remember it!