Study Tips for Lecture

Study Tips for Lecture - Practical Tips to Help Study...

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Practical Tips to Help Study 2011-L Lecture Material and Improve Lecture Exam Grades You really must learn to do the following, and bear in mind that the best long-term study strategy requires a major shift in behavior as well as thinking and should also contribute to a good lifestyle with less stress! 1. There are various ways to CONSOLIDATE YOUR NOTES (best done soon after lecture) - pick one: - make phylum charts (see Blackboard for examples) - make note cards - re-write and condense notes, highlight terms, etc. 2. Consolidating notes and reading them over a gazillion times does not guarantee that you actually know the information! For this, you must rely on some way to actually assess or test yourself to see whether you know your stuff - pick one or more: You should schedule at least notes, (b) make vocabulary flashcards from each slide (this really is a MUST), and add the text's glossary definition to the flashcard as well - vocab. cards allow you to start actually *testing yourself* on the terms - this is a first step before you can even consider *understanding* concepts! Your slides are “notecards” - so limit the cards you make to just vocabulary. Still working off each slide, (c) refer to the figure from the text that is used on that slide and using the textbook, read the figure caption as well as the paragraph or two nearby that refer to that figure. VERY IMPORTANT: look at that slide and say (OUTLOUD!) what the purpose of that slide is; i.e., what that slide is telling you. THEN LOOK AWAY AND TRY AND REPEAT THIS (OUTLOUD!) - if you cannot, return to the slide and say what it was that you forgot. This begins to lay a solid foundation of learning. Now that you made your vocabulary flashcards, you must carry them with you always and use them often! You can divide them eventually in a pile of ones you know and concentrate on those cards that give you trouble. The other nice thing about vocabulary cards is that you can mix them up so you can recognize and describe terms quickly even when you see them out of context (the same as when you take an exam). If you study just by reading your notes over and over again, you read everything in context and you can fool yourself by thinking that you *know* the terms (when actually you are merely just recognizing them!). A lazy alternative to vocabulary flashcards:
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