Have you developed your own methods of studying? Could you give some recommendations how to improve my approach to education?
My method consists of the following steps.
1) I attend all the lectures at college, I listen carefully to everything but I never take notes in classes;
2) at home, I check the lecture slides again and then make remarks on the most significant issues and facts represented there;
3) I practice the main questions of the lectures to refine the understanding of the subject. Most of my peers consider this approach weird because they usually take notes during the lectures.
But I feel this method works for me. In this way, I can comprehend the information completely.
The only problem is that it is time-consuming.
What do you think about it?
I now came to conclusion that it maybe would be better just to practice the questions without taking notes…
All the people are distinct, and it’s normal to have yourown approach in studying. You can solve your problem by adjusting the method to a shorter time frame or you can use smth from my method as well. I simplydevide the studying process in the twenty-five minutes sections with five minutes break after each of them.
I remain totally concentrated and focused during thess twenty-five minutes, and then do everything I want in the breaks. You also can scan the crucial points of your readings and then answer the questions related to the subject. You can make up your own questions from the chapter’s headings and include the test questions as well.
Reading is very helpful, but you need to read thoroughly, accentuating the important information and drawing the relations between the facts. Reading aloud helps to understand the information even better. In the conclusion, you need to assess yourself. Use tests and evaluate your old writings.
Maybe some of this methods will be suitable for you.
The main principles of studying include copying, repetition, and the consistent structuring of the information. Listening is less effective than the creation of a copy. You will learn much more by doing something by yourself then listening to someone.
For example, when you are asked to describe something you can’t be precise in your describtion of the object at once. But if you are asked to look at the object carefully and then describe it, you’ll likely do a great job.
In case you never did something, you will not be able to do it right away. Therefore, learning will be more effective if you take notes right after the class. By doing so, you will provide yourself with explanaition.
Repetition is essential. If you don’t repeat the information, it vanishes from your mind.
You also need to structure the data the way you find it appropriate. For me, I like the tables and schemes. I emphasize the main points in the tables and then easily memorize the necessary information.
I also folloe the first two principles by drawing schemes and repeating the data stated in them.
If you find your approach excellent, and the outcomes are good, then it’s for you. It seems you try to say that making notes during the lecture is distractive, and it prevents you from listening carefully.
In my opinion, writing your reflections upon the heard material after the lecture might be fine.
The main purpose of taking notes during the lectures is referencing the material. Students tend to think that they have an excellent memory, but when they reach the exams and tests they cannot remember anything.
The notes give you the clues for a better remembrance of the information. In my college life, it became in handy many times. However, if you can’t distinguish the substantial and unsubstantial arguments told by the professor, writing down the notes is quite worthless.
If your approach inspires the confidence in you then you are free not to make notes during the classes.
You know better what is right for you.
If you believe in your method, you should keep going with it. My suggestion is audio recording. You can record your professor’s speech and then take notes from it.
The records will provide you with the necessary information from the previous lectures throughout the studying year, and you can listen to them everywhere.
Memorizing is not a crucial skill in studying. Most of the students do not understand that what really matters is the comprehension of the principle ideas of any theory or subject. It is important to develop the skills of these main ideas usage in practice.
When you successfully adopt the key points you become able to reflect about the subject in the whole. Every subject can be regarded as an original perspective on the some part of real world an nature.
By understanding the most important concepts of the subject, you learn how to perceive the reality from a particular point of view.
The thoughtless memorizing of the million facts is of no use.
In case you perceive the visual material better, you need to write everything down.
I am this type of learner.
After the classes I rewrite my lecture notes for a couple of times because the repetition helps me to memorize.
While writing exams I simply recall the written pages in my mind. You just need to find out what kind of learner you are.
You must creat a studying plan according to your learning abilities and preferences.
For example, I understand everything much better by listening and writing notes in the class.
I can later to practice some questions outside of the class. That’s how I prepare myself for the tests.
The teachers cannot give you knowledge, you have to work on your own to earn it.
Repeat thelecture’s studying for several times, discuss it with other students, and use Internet to find some more specific information.