Learning how to Study

In 3250, one of our forum discussions was on learning how to learn, a component of which is learning how to be a student – how to read for comprehension, how to listen for comprehension, how to take effective notes, and other technical skills you need to acquire to be an effective and efficient student. I think it’s important to make distinction between metacognition – thinking about thinking and academic skills – thinking about learning and so I’ve divided the topic along these lines. These articles are specifically about academic skills such as learning how to motivate yourself, take notes, study, manage your time as opposed to covering topics such as understanding your motivation or recognizing the impact of your emotions on your thinking processes. For more on these topics, see Teaching Thinking category.

I read many articles on the subject of academic skills. Below are the ones I thought were most useful.

  • Learning to Learn: Metacognition – Do these exercises to learn more about how you learn
  • Metacognitive note taking – A useful article about how to take useful notes, notes that capture both the content of the lecture and your understanding of the material.
  • Effective Note Taking Strategies – If you’ve ever wondered if you should take notes, you should know that researchers found that important information in notes had a 34% chance of being remembered, while important information not written down had only a 5% chance of being remembered. Here’s a short hand out on effective note taking.
  • Top 10 Study Tips for Busy Adult Learners – Here’s some smart tips on how to be a successful student
  • How to get the most of studying: A video series   This is a series of 5 videos that cover how your beliefs can undermine your learning, how you learn series, principles of optimizing learning, applying learning optimization and a better response to blowing the test.
  • Metacognition  This is a helpful little video that introduces the concept of analyzing how you learn. Think of it as metacognition applied to studying and doing well in school.

 

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