take 5 to 10 minutes.
and survey the headings & sub-headings, and write them out:
headings bold, larger? Italicised? This guides you in recognising the major
headings, the minor headings, and the minor, minor heading.
You can also use flashcards, and you can put the bold heading on each card.
This gets your brain prepared for when you do the reading.
piece of paper, then create questions around each of these headings.
Go to your
heading, and write down a question. For example, ask yourself Why? Where? What? Who? Etc. Then write down
main focus of study skills is to pass the information into your brain in as
many ways as possible. This gives you the chance to “hear” the info in many
doing the above steps in the SQ3R technique, you have put the information into your
brain in a hierarchical way, 6 times.
This is a
great feedback loop for you, as it helps you to see if you are understanding
Even if you
did the SQ, and then went to the lecture, it would be so much better than no
preparation. NB: this technique shows you why you should read the topic
documents before the lecture, as it
helps you understand the information much more. That’s why we do the flipped
through with someone else can be so helpful. You can take your questions and
talk with your partner, and having to answer the questions shows you how much
you understand, and where the gaps are. Explaining things puts it into your
brain more, and helps you to keep it in your brain. When you find you can’t
explain something, it shows you that you need to go back and revise that part
of the work.
reviewing it. Continually reviewing it will place the information into the
brain in many different ways. This is
necessary, as our brain has very small recall ability and it is therefore easy
to forget something. If you continue to review it, the information will remain
active. Even with boring stuff, this is a very active technique!
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