Study Skills, Techniques and Methods

12

Mar'17

Ten Steps to Writing a Good Research Paper

To write a good research paper, you must be specific about your topic, know what you want to say, and say it effectively. Following these ten steps will help you write a good research paper.

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15

Jan'17

Internet Use In Class Tied to Lower Test Scores

Warning: Surfing the internet in class is now linked to poorer test scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated of students... Michigan State University researchers studied laptop use in an introductory psychology course and found the average time spent browsing the web for non-class-related purposes was 37 minutes.

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31

Oct'16

Susan on School Stuff: Make the Most of Study Sessions – Here’s How

It’s that time of the year when both learners and parents start to feel the heat of exam pressure. There are many study methods and depending on the content that needs to be studied, one has to choose between them. The SQ3R-method is a good method as it can be applied to study most subjects.

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09

Oct'16

Simonides of Ceos and the Art and History of Mnemonics

Mnemonics (pronounced “ne-mon’-ics”) assist the memory by using a system of rhymes, rules, phrases, diagrams, acronyms and other devices – all to help you learn, remember, and memorise names, dates, facts and figures. Most mnemonics work by letting you easily recall a word, phrase or poem, which in turn stands for more complicated information that you need to commit to memory.

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08

Oct'16

The 5 R’s of Note-taking

Information presented in class often contains the central concepts of the course and the material most likely to be included on exams. Taking notes of the information presented is an important process. It allows you to have a written record of the lecture which may not be in your textbook....

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04

Oct'16

Loci Mnemonic Technique: A Memory System You Can Try Today

You may have heard of the loci mnemonic or memory system. The general idea is to "place" the things that are to be memorised in predetermined locations in your imagination, so you can "find" them there later. The origin of this memory system is generally attributed to a story told by Cicero, an ancient Roman orator.

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03

Oct'16

Learning Principles More Important than Learning Styles

Although there is some value in adjusting to a preferred learning style, its value should not be overrated. Learning principles, which are universal, are of far greater importance than learning styles, which are individual.

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24

Sep'16

Studying: Is It Bad for Your Health to Pull an All-Nighter?

A late night at the library, copious amounts of energy drinks or coffee and class notes from the last month; surely you'll be able to ace the exam if you just spend the next 24 hours focused on the material. Unfortunately, procrastination and sleep deprivation do much more harm than good.

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13

Sep'16

How to Answer Exam Papers

Learners, who write a test or an exam, often make the mistake of immediately starting to answer the first question. They spend no time on planning how the paper should be approached and completed. The end result of this approach is often that they spend too much time on one question and then do not have enough time left to complete the other questions.

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14

Aug'16

Beyond Learning Styles – Strengthening Learning Weaknesses

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again… there are three basic learning styles: Visual learners learn best by seeing information (graphs, maps, and pictures), auditory learners learn best by hearing (speeches, lectures, recordings) and kinaesthetic learners learn by doing (or touching, or manipulating materials).

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