Best Methods of Study

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Vivian Nguyen

BEST METHODS OF STUDY

Chapter 1: The Importance of Efficiency

• Inefficiency is due to carelessness and ineffective habits of study

• It is not all about being quick just to get the job done, it is about using effective methods to help you understand and remember what you are studying

o Use reference materials

o Use helpful hints when studying a particular subject

• Learn all the subjects you study-quickly, thoroughly

• Do everything with efficiency

o Efficiency: doing things on time, in the way that is best for you

o To do this, you must check up on your daily habits of study, plan ahead and select useful suggestions for experimental application

▪ Make up a schedule for studying, discipline yourself to follow this

▪ Set up a comfy place to do your work

▪ Concentrate and stay focused

▪ Keep up with daily assignments

▪ Focus on one thing at a time

▪ Keep yourself busy, no daydreaming

Chapter 2: Reading

• 3 types:

o Quick reference: Obtain info, to answer questions, follow directions

o Study: Master ideas and organize, interpret, and evaluate facts

o Aesthetic : For enjoyment and appreciation

• Preparation

o To improve efficiency on these types of reading, develop a plan and carefully decide what to read. Set aside time and avoid distractions

• Efficiency in reading

o Speed and comprehension are two most important factors in being efficient

• Speed of reading

o Being speedy helps you cover more stuff, and gives you extra time to go over the material again

o Speed comes with practice

o Speed is not important in all cases though; use good judgment in adapting speed to the kind of book you are reading

o Some texts that you read might require more reflection or analysis, or the level of difficulty is much higher and requires more time

• Reviews

o Analyze the topic before reading it

o Do a quick review on the knowledge you have of the topic

• Careful study

• Summarize what you read

o Restate the ideas in your own words to increase understanding

o Digest the material and go over parts you like best/or don’t like at all

o Re-reading is helpful

• Self correction

o Test yourself on what you read

o Ask questions, and verify answers w/in text

o Correct mistakes and learn from them

• Memory

o To remember ideas, you must understand them clearly

o See its significance, be interested in it, give it your attention, relate to it

• Persistence

o Sometimes the things you read aren’t interesting but you have to get through it by connecting with the material to make it more interesting

• Mechanics of reading

o Read the titles and topical headings to give you the main idea

• The introduction

o Intros give you a general overview of what the book is going to be about and gives you hints on the best way to use the book and how much you expect to get out of it.

• Index

o Is located in the back of the book used as a reference

o Numbers refer to the pates but also in some cases, paragraph number

• Illustrations, chars, maps, diagrams

o Visuals are important, full of description so it is important to go over them and learn how to interpret them

• References and questions

o Make use of the references given and answer all the questions listed b/c they will help later on

• Appendixes

o Full of supplementary, explanatory, informative nature; be sure to refer to this when studying the subject

• Glossaries

o This section is for looking up terms you don’t know and gives you the page number to look it up in the text itself

o And if that is still not helpful, look the term up in a dictionary or encyclopedia. And apply in...
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