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A) Effective Learning As with any endeavor, there are productive ways to learn and effective ways to learn, and students must develop the techniques that work the best for them, because we all learn in slightly different ways. The diagram below presents a hierarchy of learning techniques, from least effective at the top (purely passive learning) to most effective at the base (purely active learning. This diagram indicates that simply reading a textbook or class notes is one of the least effective methods when studying for a test. Likewise, sitting in a classroom and listening without taking your own notes is also ineffective. A better approach is to take notes when listening or reading. This process is semi-active – the action of writing requires you to reorganize and rephrase information, which enhances learning. Examples of even more effective methods of learning would be to (i) create a cheat sheet for each chapter or section in a course (this has the added advantage of allowing you to study fewer pages of information just before the final exam) or to (ii) have a question and answer session with a friend, where one person asks questions and the other writes the answers, with input from the questioner when a mistake is made. B) Eight Steps to Effective Study If you haven't been studying regularly, then there is still hope. You might find it helpful to begin with a series of basic steps to settle down to studying, begin consolidating your course work, and set your sights on a strategy for achieving a specific goal on your exam. The steps are directed at settling you to the task of studying for the exam. They involve selecting key course information, ensuring that you are aware of possible topics for the exam, that you are establishing an environment conducive to good study, and that you are developing strategies to study and working to manage this process of study effectively. 1. Complete all necessary or central course readings and compile all of your notes from various sources (such as lecture, tutorials, texts, past assignments and tests etc.) as they are relevant to your upcoming exam. 2. Review past assignments and tests for topics, question types, and feedback and re-read the syllabus for the course focus and description. Often past assignments highlight key course concepts and offer example questions Least Effective Most Effective
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which you can use to test yourself. With the help of the course syllabus, determine your learning objectives and the course focus. An example of a learning objective is "Students should be able to apply the theories discussed in the course to relevant real life situations." 3. Ensure that you know the format, location, date, time, focus, and weighting of each test or exam to help determine your emphasis for each course. Know what percentage of the final course grade is accounted for by this exam.
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