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Step 6: Read for Meaning
Over the next 10 weeks Mocks.ie will provide you with 10 necessary steps to study success. These involve:
Step 1: Learning Style and Personalities
Step 2: Achieve your goals
Step 3: Year Planner
Step 4: Primal Spot. Find your space to study
Step 5: Organize your study time
Step 6: Read for meaning
Step 7: Note taking strategies
Step 8: Write for good results
Step 9: Planning and writing an essay
Step 10: Plan your revision
Why Bother with Study Skills?
The run up to the class tests and exams can be a stressful and difficult time thus anything that will improve your ability to study well is worth considering.
Making study worth your while You need to feel it is worth your while to invest the time, commitment, energy and application required to succeed in your studies. You need a clear purpose to keep your motivation and commitment high. You also need to learn how to use good organisational skills and effective study techniques. These will help you to:
• make more efficient use of your study time,
• make your learning easier and more effective,
• feel the work involved is worth the effort,
• increase your chances of doing well in examinations.
Changing your future Decide now what you want, and then put in place a plan of action that will help you to achieve your goals. It may not be easy all the time, but it is certainly possible. You are the one who is ultimately responsible for your achievements, and it will be your determination and hard work that sees you through.
Step 6: Read for Meaning
To use techniques to give your reading a specific purpose and which help you to remember and retain the information more easily.
Reading is an active process in which you make meaning of what you read. All readers do this. Even young children (emergent readers) try to make sense of word they don't actually know. So your brain is already geared towards looking for something. Build on this natural advantage, and when you study a textbook, always have a purpose: to find information.
Reading that has a specific purpose or intention has a powerful effect on memory. You remember more easily when you are actively looking for answers to specific questions or topics, and when you are interested in the material. Sounds simple? It is. Use the PQ3R technique (sometimes called the SQ3R)to improve your reading methods.
02 October 2014
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