Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Student Survival Manual 3

10 ways to review and edit your notes


1. Read your notes within two hours or less of taking them. The rate that the human mind forgets things is beyond human belief, and while reading:
2. Try to decipher what you wrote in your notes. This can be difficult, at times, so you many need to ask a friend for help on this task.
3. One technique which has been found to be successful is to attempt to
paraphrase each important point that the instructor made in the lecture. If you have no idea how to do this, talk to the experts at your college's study skills center or read a good resource about this on the Internet.
4. Try to
outline the contents of the lecture, or use another of many approaches described on excellent study-skills pages available on the Web.
5. Make a list of all of the important or key words. Keep that list at the front or back pages of your notebook for each course so you can reference it easily.
6. After reading your notes within a couple hours at most (see item 1. above), write three possible exam questions for each lecture. This may not seem particularly easy, at first, but after the first exam or two, you will start to get proficient at it.
7. Try to answer your the questions you just wrote in item 6. correctly. If you can't do that, perhaps you should write an easier question or study your notes a little bit more before taking off for the gym.
8. Keep a second notebook to keep a summary of each lecture. You may wonder if this is necessary. Do it anyway.
9. Keep an audio tape journal of your progress in each course. Start the recorder when you are reviewing your notes and talk about what you think were the important points in that day's lecture. Later, while driving to school the next morning, or taking your daily
serenity walk through the park, listen to the notes you narrated and you will be amazed at what a beautiful voice you truly have.
10. Take a short-course or seminar in note-taking at your college's academic assistance office or academic skills center. It won't cost you anything but your time, and what more exciting and thrilling way to spend an afternoon than learning the latest techniques in becoming successful?

Excerpts from Student Survival Manual - 4th EditionCopyright © 1995-2005 by Jack Pejsa

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