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Idea # 11: Frequently ask yourself: Can I explain this to someone well enough for them toaccurately understand it? (If not, you haven’t learned it.)Idea # 12: Seek the key concept of the course during the first couple of class meetings. Forexample, in a biology course, try explaining what biology is in your own words. Then relatethat definition to each segment of what you learn afterward. Fundamental ideas are the basisfor all other ideas.Idea # 13: Routinely ask questions to fill in the missing pieces in your learning. Ask yourself:“Can I elaborate on this? Can I give an example?” If you cannot give examples of what you arelearning you are not connecting what you are learning to your life.Idea # 14: Test yourself before each class by trying to summarize, orally or in writing, the mainpoints of the previous class meeting. If you cannot summarize the main points, you haven’tlearned them.Idea # 15: Learn to test your thinking using intellectual standards: “Am I being clear? accurate?precise? relevant? logical? Am I looking for what is most significant?”
Idea # 16: Use writing as a tool for learning by writing summaries in your own words ofimportant points from the textbook or other reading material. Formulate your own testquestions. Then write out answers to your questions.Idea # 17: Frequently evaluate your listening. Are you actively listening for main points? Canyou summarize what your instructor is saying in your own words? Can you elaborate what ismeant by key terms?Idea # 18: Frequently evaluate the depth of your reading. Are you reading the textbookactively? Are you asking questions as you read? Can you distinguish what you understand fromwhat you don’t understand?THE LOGIC OF A TYPICAL COLLEGE CLASSthe most common way for professors to try to get students to learn a body of knowledge is to statethat body of knowledge to them in a sequence of lectures, and then to ask students, largely on theirown, to internalize that knowledge outside of class. In this design, quizzes and examinations areusually interspersed among the lectures as means of assessing the extent to which the students havelearned what the lectures coveredOften a quiz is not given for six weeks or more. When this traditional teaching approach is used,students often revert to two strategies, neither of which is conducive to deep learning:1. Taking random, but disconnected, notes during the lecture (focusing on points that might beon the test);2. Intensive cramming one or two nights before the quiz or test (striving to store a largeamount of information in short-term memory).Becoming a Skilled ThinkerThe ideal of college can be expressed in a number of ways. However, no matter how it is expressed,certain basic skills and dispositions must be included in the definition for it to accurately characterizethe educated person.1. proficient in close reading and substantive writing;2. able to acquire and effectively use significant information, reason well, communicateeffectively, solve problems, and exercise sound personal and professional judgment;

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