What Cognitive Neuroscience Tells Us about Studying:
1. We are all fooled to believe that re-reading is the only effective strategy. In fact, it's probably the least efficient. Instead, constantly practice "retrieval". Read a section, close the book, and summarize outloud what you just read. Then check to see how you did before moving on. Do the retrieval part again in a couple of days. Check to see how you did the second time. You see, we all have a fundamental problem, we don't know what we don't know! Re-reading fools us, because even though we become more familiar with the words, we don't understand the ideas any better.
Also, when you are doing the Q, in SQ3R, try to answer those section question before you even read. This "guessing" primes your brain to anticipate what's important.
2. Most people think that repetition is the key to learning. Again, this really is not true. Instead, set up a schedule of spaced retrieval. That is, over a period of several days, plan out a series of self quizzes to reinforce your ability to recall information.
Doing this in a comp book keeps you more organized, but you could use index cards.
Here are some more that I did for a student I tutored for the 2012 WHAP exam (she got a 5). I write these using full sentences because that is my style. You may want to use more abbreviations and leave out less important words such as "the" or "to", but the danger here is not understanding what you meant later. It's just a matter of your style, or the style you would like to develop.
The video below illustrates perfectly the way most students approach school. It's time to break away from your assumptions!
On line glossary (including audio pronunciation).
Make sure you check to see if there is a forum (What Works) going for what you are working on currently.
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