Sunday, March 24, 2013
I ask that you decide to agree/disagree with each statement -- thumbs up/down or ask question before moving on - helps encourage engagement (yes, even if you are reading this alone).
Your brain can process 120-150 WPM (output) and 350-500 WPM (input) - That's 3X in vs. out
- it takes focus
Treat test preparation like a job that pays well (and it will).
- if you don't agree or believe it, not relevant, it's testable (and you may need it some day)
Study as if you were preparing to teach others and the quality of their learning would affect you monetarily (positive) or in terms of liability (negative)
- we learn by teaching (and preparing to do so
Catch yourself when you are "just" reading (or listening) and not learning -- go back further than you think but not all the way back
Read/review in different positions and places
- stand, sit, prone on stomach, etc to adjust view (memory and alertness trigger)
- practice this now -- everyone sit (chair and floor if able) and stand/lean against chair/wall
- study in living room, dining room, car, spouse's car, front porch, tree house, beach
- review information on paper (handwritten and typed) on computer, smart phone, tablet (may allow added tax deduction -- consult your CPA)
- study at different times of day (your best time, unusual time)
- allow your subconscious some leeway (dreams, ideas in the middle of the night)
Associate topic/answer with the physical/visual slide -- personalize (minimally) slides/handouts with notes, doodles, etc.
- spend part of review time (after in-depth study) just visualizing the slides/notes
- for lecturers/lecture notes, when presenter
- adds explanation, makes joke, comment, tells story
- (presenters not there to teach, but to help you remember - paradigm)
- brief note on slide to remind you of the meat of the slide (vs. the garnish from presenter)
- like juggling many cases/issues by using mental "folders" (helps when questions jump back/forth with topics)
Focus on what is taught/written/industry standard, not what done (if different)
(You) Record the slides/notes/review material. Use 15 minute blocks to record and review/listen, with approx 5 minutes in between.
- Play at home, in "reading" room, in car, while walking (not in traffic), just before sleeping
- speed it up sometimes (we process up to 150 WPM out, 500 in - 3X)
- work at (and a little above) your normal pace - we think at 500-600 WPM, so little concern for explosion/implosion
Reverse/reposition the information (make topic the answer and answer the topic)
Study groups - in person, on phone, by chat (if you type relatively fast), AND online
- speaking of different media/memory triggers, has everyone practiced adjusting view?
Relax - deep breaths
Relax - deep breaths
What do you think?
Posted by Carter F. Smith at 10:06 AM