On how to study better

I will try from now on to write short posts about new things I learn or find interesting. This time, the interesting thing I found was that video of a Lecture by Dr. Marty Lobdell about how to study in an effective way.

It’s one hour long but worth watching. I was mainly looking for the tips that can make me retain more of the information I read in books. I read a lot but I usually forget what I read.

I hope you take notes while watching long talks/lectures like this. I took some already, so feel free to read them if you don’t have time to watch the video which I recommend that you watch.

  • Study in short sessions, about 25 minute sessions, then get a 5 min break.
  • Don’t study in bedroom, or living room.
    If you have to, use brain hacks that let your brain know it’s study time. Something like a study lamp that you turn on only while studying, then turn it off during breaks and when you’re not studying.
  • Try to know what you’re studying to know how to study it.
    Is it a fact that you need to just remember, or something you need to understand? A poem name, is a fact. How a plant grows up, that’s something you need to understand.
  • When you read something for the second time, avoid confusing “recognition” with “recollection”.
    You can be sure that you really remember/understand something, if you can later recall it and say it in your own words.
  • Sleep well. No one tells you this enough. It’s very important.
  • Take notes and re-take notes.
    Right after the class or session, try to set down with your notes and expand more on each point. if you wait till the end of day, you will end up with a list of useless notes that don’t make any sense.
  • Ask questions.
    Be active. If you don’t understand something, ask for help.
  • Teach others about what you learned.
    It’s the best way to make sure that you understand what you’re reading. If you fail to explain it to them, or if they fail to understand it, then you don’t understand it well enough.
    Also, generally talking out loud is better than silent thinking. Talk to a chair if you can’t find someone interested in learning about that topic.
  • Use the SQ3R technique.
    Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review. (I personally need to read again about that and practice).
  • Use mnemonics
    Ue Acronyms, coined sayings, and interacting images to help you remember the hard to remember facts.
    Example: How many calories in a 1 gm of carbohydrates? The answer is 4. A mnemonic you can use is that the word carbohydrates starts with “car”, and a car have 4 wheels!
    Mnemonics usually are embarrassing to share with others, so be creative, use whatever mnemonic that works for you. You don’t have to share them with others if you want.

Also here’s another short video I found interesting. It was something I was starting to follow already, “taking notes from book and collecting them in some other notebook“.

Collecting all the wisdom from all the books I read and putting them in a new place seamed like a thing I should have started to do long time ago.



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