Study Skills, Techniques and Methods



Peg System Helps You Remember

Need help remembering lists of information for school, work, a hobby, or other purposes? Then the peg system is what you need. The idea behind the peg system has been traced to the mid-1600s, when it was developed by Henry Herdson....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Memorising Using Loci

The loci mnemonic system uses locations as memory aids. It is an old mnemonic link technique dating back all the way to around the year 500 BC and involves associating items that you have to remember with places that are well known to you such as your house, neighbourhood, places where you work or parts of your body.

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The History and Art of Mnemonics

A mnemonic is a specific reconstruction of target content intended to tie new information more closely to the learner's existing knowledge base and, therefore, facilitate retrieval. There are a variety of mnemonic techniques, including keywords, pegwords, acronyms, loci methods, spelling mnemonics, phonetic mnemonics, number-sound mnemonics, and Japanese "Yodai" methods.

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Tips on Learning a Second Language

Learning a second language is a good thing, as it improves brainpower. Learning a new language alters grey matter the same way exercise builds muscles. However, learning a second language can be really challenging and an obstacle in the road to success.

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