Imagine you are just starting starting college and and you are also nervous. You have never earned top grades, you study but you know that you also have never given it 100%. You are about to be in a whole new world, so you hit the Internet for new ideas. YouTube is full of academic videos - about getting organized and best study habits. One of the most popular videos is: Dr. Marty Lobdell - Study Less Study Smart. It is one of the “Most Viewed” videos for best study practices and is heavily cited across the web.
His guiding point: teach yourself what you are learning – doing so forces you to present all the lessons, all the data, in your own words. A best way to do this is to make cards for yourself. Make flashcards with all the data as if you were going to teach the whole class what you have been charged to learn. It will force you to organize the data, use your own words so the data recall is better, use your own pictures and imagery for reinforcement. Use mnemonic devices -- which is basically anything that helps associate information. Every American classroom helps reinforce the two pieces of data 1492 and Christopher Columbus using the mnemonic device: In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. This uses a rhyme to present the date. It is also why using your own class notes is so much more valuable than prepared or store bought study outlines. If you start your studying after you have prepared to teach your imaginary class, you are way ahead of the curve.
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