Tips on Taking Lecture Notes

One of the main hurdles of university is processing all of the information given to you during lectures. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of any lecture and take good effective notes. Read the Subject Before the Actual Lecture. If you get a chance before any lecture, try to  read the chapter before, or if you can try to read the presentation itself. You will be surprised at how much more you can retain if you simply even skim through the work before you get to class. One of my lecturers describes it as if you were smelling food before you ate it, it simply heightens your senses (he is a bit mad). Quickly Read what you Wrote Last Lecture. If you ever arrive to class early or have a few minutes before class begins, its a great idea to have a quick look at what you were doing before. This can help you see how to course material flows and makes the teaching seem a lot more cohesive, rather than broken into chunks. Also you might be able to answer a few questions asked and give you a chance to get noticed by Read More …

Tips on Reading Your Course Material

Being a University Student can mean that you have an extensive amount of reading to do about different important concepts. Pretty much every course requires reading in one from or the other and in my experience I have never had to read quite as much as I have had to at University. Here are a few tips when reading your course material: Quickly Skim the Chapter Before you Read it. A quick two minute skim read of the will increase your comprehension, increase your interest in the topic and reduce the time it takes to fully read the entire chapter. Just have a quick look at the introduction, any summaries and any graphics displayed. Break Up your Reading. If you have a big chapter to read, or a chapter which requires a lot of concentration then try to break it up into bite-size pieces. This makes it a lot more manageable and easier to process. Give Yourself Time to Read. If you have a reading assignment due in a few days spread out your workload. I know you always think that you can read it all just before the deadline, but the truth is if you do you will hardly Read More …

Studying Using the Feynman Technique

Richard Feynman was an accomplished scientist, known for his amazing ability to absorb information at an astounding rate. Feynman would often reach the same conclusion as a student of a subject after a brief explanation of the course material, even though the student had been studying the same material for a much longer time. How did he do it? Well Feynman used a technique that is now dubbed as being the Feynman Technique. Its a great way to absorb information quickly and teach yourself a subject and comprehend the subject in a lot of depth in a short amount of time. This is a great skill to have when studying at university. You can use this technique to help you better understand a topic before a test, to make sure that you can answer any questions thrown at you, its much better than cramming before an exam. The first step is to choose the concept you wish to learn about. Firstly get a plank piece of paper and jot down the subject you are trying to learn right at the top of it. I like to write it using a different coloured pen, but do it whichever way you find Read More …

The 38 greatest quotes about learning

Some great things have been said by learning and studying by some great people. A great quote is really something that can get you thinking in new ways. Here is a collection of my favorite quotes about learning. Find your favorite and tweet it to the world! “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” Anthony J. D’Angelo “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” Albert Einstein “As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” Victor Hugo “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” Theodore Roosevelt “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” Aristotle “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Mark Twain Read More …

How to take your Exams

So you have spent all your time burning the midnight oil in the library? Fueled on a diet of sugary snacks and drinks that are high in caffeine. All of this so that you can get a decent mark on your exam. Well a lot of people forget that the work you do before an exam is only half the story, the other half is how to actually cope with the exam! Here are a few tips if you are going to be sitting any exams any time soon: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!! I can not stress this point enough. I remember when I once ended up trying to answer 4 questions when I was only meant to answer 2, as a result my mark really did suffer. You do not want to waste all that hard work you did before the exam! Make sure you spend a quick 5 minutes before the exam browsing over the instructions, and act on them! Relax. Its normal to feel nervous before an exam, but more often than not nerves can impede your judgement and make you act rashly. Just remember that an exam is only a few hours in your life and the Read More …

How to overcome the Pre-Exam Slump

Ways to overcome procrastination before final exams When it comes to student life, procrastination is one of the terms which one might come across several times. Before delving further into the details of how to overcome this deadly disease, it would be a good idea to actually define this term. It is basically referred to any act of delaying or deferring a task or action to a later time. Phrasing it a bit differently, it is slowness of a person. Students usually suffer from procrastination when the motivational factors are less visible or apparent. Deep procrastination before exams is one of the worst things that could happen to a college or university student. Quite unfortunately, it happens a lot. In a nutshell, the problem of procrastination is not unusual in students and the objective of this article is to discuss ways to deal with it. Also worth mentioning here is the fact that students feel lack of motivation to muster that energy for final push. It could fairly be established that procrastination is very dangerous and it is frequent among students. However, overcoming it is not entirely impossible. The fact of the matter is some small few tips can make Read More …

Studying Tips to know before your Exams

Exams are always stressful, but they need not be. If you start early and constantly work at it you can easily walk into the exam hall knowing all that you need to know to do well. Here are a few tips I use to help me study for an exam: Get Information about the Exam.About one or two weeks before your exam make sure you know details about your exam, know what time of the day it is and where it is. Also be sure to find out how the questions are structured and what sort of questions they will be, short answer long answer or multiple choice. Lastly make sure you know what your exam will be about! Its better to revise topics that are definitely coming up rather than some that might. Here is an article I wrote on the most important things you need to know about your exam. Space out your Study Regime.You may think you can leave everything till last minute and do really well in your exam. Well you may have done in the past with GCSE’s and maybe even A-level, but your degree is much harder. You should space out all your studying, giving yourself Read More …