Study Strategy

Topics: Learning, Study skills, Homework Pages: 8 (1651 words) Published: May 24, 2015
BED114 v14.2: Early Childhood Writing and Research 1

20140802

Gong Shuyi

 

Reading is an important skill in academic study. It is crucial to have a good reading ability. There are several reading strategies are mentioned in this course. In this essay, I will mainly talk about three skills, which are how to improve reading comprehension, reading speed and how to make notes. And I also will explain how I will use these strategies to support my study.

To start with, how to improve reading comprehension, active reading strategies are required. While I am reading an article, I will go through the article and have a general sense of it first(Cottrell, 2003). By doing this, I can skip the most difficult section and start with the easy one. After this, I am able to write down questions and find the answers easier. Once you read with clear questions, it is much easier to find answers while reading than read blindly. The next thing to do is to read the difficult parts again, not only slowly, but also over and over again. Highlighting is another good way to help understanding the reading (Cottrell, 2003). By highlighting the key words and phrases, the important information and the reading’s outline will be seen much more clearly. It is also good to know that important information usually can be found in headings, the first and the last sentences of paragraphs and it is better to use colors or special symbols to mark them (Cottrell, S, 2003).

Move on to speeding up the reading, one long-term strategy I can think about is reading more. More reading experience enable us to keep stable on effective reading because our vocabulary will get enlarged and we will also be good at dealing with

BED114 v14.2: Early Childhood Writing and Research 1

20140802

Gong Shuyi

 

long sentences. Another effective way to speed up reading during the reading process is finger tracking (Cottrell, 2003). Finger tracking is a method which aims at finishing the readings more faster. Read and move the fingers through each line at the same time, then I will try to move my fingers faster and keep my eyes following where my fingers point at.

The last thing I will refer to is making notes, which is also the most essential part. As Cottrell (2003) mentioned, there are three different types of notes, they are nuclear notes, liner notes and pattern notes respectively. Base on my personal learning style, I will use nuclear notes when I read an article, which has one very clear topic and key ideas. As for liner notes, I will use them when a reading has two or more topics, and below each topic, there are some clear key points. For pattern notes, it should be used when a reading does have a clear topic, but includes a lot of messy key information.

To sum up, there are many reading strategy can be used to understand the article well, fast and effectively. As a student, it is very necessary to have these skills because too much reading material will be required during the study life.

BED114 v14.2: Early Childhood Writing and Research 1

20140802

Gong Shuyi

 

Reference list
Cottrell, S. (2003). The study skill handbook (pp. 121-132). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

BED114 v14.2: Early Childhood Writing and Research 1

20140802

Gong Shuyi

 

I have learned a lot of study skills during this class. Some of them are very easy to do and useful as well, such as making study plan and learning thorough technology. Possible challenges are also mentioned in this class, as well as how to deal with them. Actually, although there are many study skills can be used to make study effective, challenges still cannot be avoided, like language problem and procrastination. Therefore, in this essay, I am going to talk about the study skills I will use in my study and the challenges I may face and how I will get through them.

One main skill I will use through out all my study life is making study plan, which is a...
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