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Learning to Learn
Transcript of Learning to Learn
The internet may seem to be easy to research but, how do you know it is the correct information? Here are some questions you should ask to determine if you should use that website:
Who put up the website?
Why was the website created?
Whose opinions does it express?
When was the page put up? (is it current or old?)
How well presented is the work?
To Listen or Not to Listen?
Listening is a skill that you need for success and it is important because it involves an active mind. If you think about it, when your friend is talking to you, do you respond to it or let it drift from one ear to the other? How do you respond to sounds?
>By being a critical thinker
Judge everything you hear. Does it make any sense? Is it a fact or an opinion? Do you agree?
To Find the Right Info
.How to Write the best Essay
We would all agree that to "do" is hard because we all procrastinate. We all procrastinate for many different reasons. Figure out why you procrastinate and try to avoid the habit in doing so.
-Your study area
-Your time management
Your Study Area
-Don't study around the TV. Only play music if it doesn't distract you.
-Keep your study area nice and neat. Then you don't have to play with anything or try to find things during your studies.
-Have everything you need in your study area, so that you don't waste time trying to find things.
Your Time Management
-Study in shorter time blocks but more frequently everyday, and give yourself some breaktime.
-Get things done earlier.
-Reward yourself when you finish something.
-Recognize when you are stressing for perfection or high marks. Focus on success instead of failing.
-You can always ask for help.
Use your style to learn!
All of us have different ways to learn. If you can figure out your way, maybe you can make your own way to learn!
You could be an auditory learner if you...
can remember stories better if you hear them than reading them yourself.
can follow instructions that were spoken, better than if it were written.
say words in your head as you read silently.
If this occurs then try to...
read and repeat when trying to remember important points.
list tasks out loud.
learn from lectures or tapes.
discuss topics with peers.
You could be a visual learner if you...
learn better when you read.
enjoy seeing things written.
picture important topics in your head to remember them.
If this occurs then try to...
watch the teacher and take notes.
draw out diagrams, charts, and tables to understand certain concepts.
stay organized, rewrite work, highlight or colour code notes.
visualize words or facts that have to be memorized.
You could be a tactile/kinesthetic
learner if you...
like hands-on learning.
excel at puzzles and mazes.
put things together without instruction.
If this occurs then try to...
memorize while walking, pacing, or excercising.
make lists or write things out many times.
learn by doing something or practicing or role-playing.
-Does quiet music distract you or help you?
You may have an unique way of studying too. If you can answer the following questions, maybe you can figure out the best way to study for you!
-At what time of the day are you alert?
-Are you more motivated if your did the hardest work first or the easier work first?
-What motivates you to work?
-Do you study better yourself or with other peers?
Whatever you are hearing, does it relate to anything you know? Does anything you know approve or disapprove of the information?
>By making connections
>By asking questions and getting involved
Teachers usually welcome questions and maybe even challenges. Ask when you need to understand something or if your not convinced, challenge it.
>Take notes on Main Ideas
Pay attention to important points and write them down in your own words to see if you can understand them.
>Concentrate on the speaker
It is easier to tune out distractions when you focus on the speaker
Your library is still the best place to get the right information.
-Become familiar with the library and learn how they organize their books.
-Figure out how the online or card catalog functions.
-Ask the librarian for any help.
-Try starting with an encyclopedia for a general idea of your chosen topic.
-Always write down the websites you used so that you can check your work after
-Keep a dictionary and thesaurus with you...just in case.
-Try non-printed sources.
Do you seem to procrastinate
everything and never have you homework done on time? Maybe it's time to rearrange your schedule...
you should write
down your current schedule and see how you are spending your time.
You write down
everything that needs to be done in your planner.
Then follow these steps:
Write down everything that you need to do and what to remember.
Order your tasks in the order you should have them done by, and time them accordingly for to schedule.
Follow your schedule and try to finish each task on time.
Mark the work you finished and reschedule the ones that you didn't. You should also see what needs to be done daily.
Books that Last Forever
Do you constantly forget what you just read?
Before reading a book, start with the SQ4R method:
read the titles
yourself. What are you going to learn?
What are some
topic already? Are you reading
what you need to read. Skim the text and
things that you know about the
details or the
part by part and after each section...
Think about what you just read.
what you read.
the main ideas.
To Take Notes...
To make it easier for you to write notes...
Write down the MAIN POINTS and some SUPPORTING FACTS.
-Summarize the intro to get the main idea.
-Keep the main subject in mind. Under each point
some examples or important details.
- Summarize the conclusion.
*A very popular method of taking notes is the Cornell Method.
When writing an essay, you write about ONE point.
Your argument point is your "thesis." In your essay you will only be supporting your thesis. Your thesis can be any topic you have dreamed of! As long as you convince the reader your point with supporting details.Make sure that everything you write relates to your thesis.
Possibly research will help you get an idea of an arguement you
might want to discuss and help you get some evidence to help support your thesis. Create an outline to follow by before you start writing. Your outline may look like...
Most likely to be your first and only paragraph that contains your thesis, that is usually only in one sentence.
Write all of your main points in separate paragraphs. Every paragraph should have it's own topic sentence. Every paragraph should connect to the paragraphs that come before and after it.
Use your thesis again, but and use different words, then give a concluding sentence.
about memorizing key ideas for a test. Thinking skills are your
We all have thinking skills...why not use them? Thinking skills isn't
ideas, answers, and theories.Lets try and develop your thinking
-Think about everything you have read, heard, and seen.
-Textbooks and teachers almost never lie! Think about why
they introduce a new topic to you, the way they do.
-Challange your teacher respectfully, if you dont
- Ask "why?"
- Find out where the information came
- Always research for all
perspectives of an
To Remember not to Forget...
Here are some steps to help you remember something!
First the best:
Make sure you understand the material the first time you learn it, then you can practice what you learned.
Time is Key:
Review the material on the day you learn it, just for a few minutes.
Review, Recite, Repeat
After reading something, summarize what you learned then try to remember.
Memory Tricks to help
-Before learning something new, try to think about what you already know about the topic. If you can relate to something then it will be easier to learn and remember.
-Learn things by organizing info, making an outline of the main points and supporting details.
- make it memorable by thinking of examples, rhymes, metaphors, or pictures.
-Collect all of your materials, and organize them by subject.
- Make a schedule to study.
-Make an earlier session for studying a group study section.
-Take breaks to keep alert.
-Make study aids.
-Try different strategies to help you remember the material.
-What type of test will it be? (open book, multiple choice, etc.)
-What is it worth?
-What will the test cover?
-Is there a study guide or questions for the test?
-When will the test be?
*Ready for a Test?*
Before Reviewing, Find out:
While Reviewing, You should:
After Reviewing and Before the Test, You should:
-Sleep to refresh and revitalize your brain.
-Eat; fish, soy, and potatos are good brain food.
The Testing Plan...
For all tests you should:
-Read the directions carefully.
-Don't forget to write you name!
-Look through the entire test.
-Plan for the harder questions, see an easy question? Answer that first!
-After looking through the test, quickly write down what you think will be something that you will forget during the test.
-Look at the time and pace yourself.
-Ask questions if you don't understand a question.
-After finishing all the questions review your answers.
Your most best chance at good information are sites from governments, post-secondary schools, trusted newspapers/magazines, websites that want to sell something,etc.
...and I wish you the best of luck!