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Enhanced revision strategies, good study habits, exam preparation

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Transcript of Enhanced revision strategies, good study habits, exam preparation

Ariana Henderson
Academic Skills
Learning Styles
Melbourne Essentials
2014 Melbourne Extension Program
Enhanced revision strategies, good study habits and exam preparation
Reading load
What have you been doing this semester to manage your time and stay on track?
Tell the person next to you.
How successful have your
time management strategies
How successful have your
study strategies
Write down one thing that:
has worked well
you might do differently
Be your own admin assistant:
know where you work best
know when you concentrate best and when you are most creative
know what your priorities are
plan your study in chunks of time
allocate specific tasks to be completed in each chunk
a) Don't try and learn everything at once. You'll absorb information more easily if you can connect it to other knowledge you have. Concentrate on mastering one thing at a time.
b) It's fine to feel overwhelmed. After a while things will just click into place and everything will make sense. Relax!
c) Everyone struggles with some aspect of their uni life. You're not alone. Maybe form a study group with your classmates to help you cover the material.
I'm having trouble remembering all the stuff from my readings. At the time I'm reading it, it all seems to make sense, but when I try to remember things later on it's like I never read it. Any tips for how to better retain all this material?
a) Make sure that you connect the lecture material to your problem solving attempts and vice versa. Even though it seems like it at times, they're not independent. Considering them together might help you to understand the material better.
b) Try and do a little bit of study often, instead of one marathon session every now and then. That way you can break the info up into manageable pieces and give your brain a chance to really absorb it before you leap into the next bit.
c) You're probably not reading it enough times. Maybe you could set time aside each day to re-read each section more times over?
Which advice would you give?
Visual learners
use visual prompts
draw concept maps
draw diagrams
use colour-coding
construct mental images
react immediately
break the task down into manageable chunks
tell yourself you’ll work on it for 5mins- see if you can keep going
schedule regular short blocks to work on the task
be realistic
seek help
Yes, I am familiar with this material

I can reproduce this material

I can explain and reconstruct this material in different ways

I can apply this knowledge to a variety of real situations
summarise a passage in 8-12 words
make concept diagrams or other visual notes
think of 3-5 real life examples of what you have learned
teach what you have learned to a real or imaginary person
make a colourful wall chart linking all you have learned about an aspect of your studies
sum up the 3 most important points to the lecture and identify the main theme
keep a reflective study journal
discuss your ideas or your difficulties with other people
write key points on cards or post-it notes and organise the cards into themes
list 25 mini-questions about one aspect of the subject (what, where, why, who, when, how)
draw a diagram or a cartoon to illustrate a theory or concept
create gap-fill activities
write outlines
go through problems methodically, step by step
fill in any gaps in knowledge
try to relate to the overall subject
remember visual details and prefer to see what is being learnt
Sequential learners
Reflective learners
review work periodically
create your own overviews or summaries
create your own questions
explain concepts aloud
re-read you notes
record information on tape and play it back
make study group
use mnemonics
explain concepts to others and to yourself
learn best when time is allocated for thinking about and digesting new information
enjoy discussion and explanation
Verbal learners
find practical examples to illustrate abstract theories
find ways to learn by handing materials and practising skills
like learning facts and solving problems by manipulating objects
Sensory learners
create overviews of each topic
immerse yourself in a topic
use real world examples
relate the material to things you already know
Global learners
create your own tables, summaries and notes
try different approaches to a problem
create and use practice questions
take logical steps and learn details, which add up to the whole view of a subject
need to see the big picture first and can make 'jumps' in learning
prefer discovering new relationships and can be innovative in their approaches to problem-solving
Intuitive learners
1.    How long do you spend in private study for each hour of lectures or tutorials?
a) 10-30 minutes
b) Two hours
c) One hour
d) Four hours
2.    When do you organise your lecture notes for each subject?
a) At the end of semester
b) After the exams
c) Throughout the semester
d) Never
3.    When do you do the reading for your tutorial?
a) After the tutorial
b) During the tutorial
c) Before the tutorial
d) Just before exams
4.    Do you ask your tutor questions throughout the semester?
a) If I don't understand something that seems important
b) Never - I don't talk in tutorials
c) Every question that comes into my head
d) Once or twice
1.    Reviewing course notes each week can help me do well in an exam.


2.    I shouldn't bother my lecturer by asking what the exam will be like.


3.    Exam questions are different each year - looking at past papers won't help me.


4.    Examiners only want to find out how much I've remembered.


I was warned at the beginning of semester about how much work there would be. However, I didn't think it would be so overwhelming. I'm really struggling to get my head around all the concepts and aaaargh. Help ...
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Step by step learner
Real world application learner
Holistic learner
Mind maps
Colourful poster
Fill in the gaps



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