Effective Learning: Lecture 1 Learning Strategies By David Smith Why Am I here!?!? Social Interaction Critical Thinking Learning What Are You Trying to Achieve? Friends Personal growth Degree Planning Your Time Short-Term Planning Have a Routine Fill Gaps Constructively Break-up Study into Tasks Balance Work… With FUN! Re-Evaluate Your Plan Be flexible Essay Deadlines Exam Revision Reading Weeks Know Yourself Be Honest….and Realistic! Workload and Deadlines Know your deadlines well in advance Break up tasks into long, medium and short term Allow time for preparation Allow for the unexpected (illness, hangovers etc.) What to do if its all going wrong. Personal Student Advice and Counseling Hall Wardens Friends Nightline Academic Personal Tutor/Part One Coordinator Effective Study Collection Language and Learning Centre • Essay Writing • Exam Technique Equal Opportunities Officers Health Services I Just Don’t Get It. Approaching Difficult Material Find more general sources to lead you in Check your lecture notes Form a study group Pool your reading Explain things to each other Ask your tutor Lectures Provide a ‘frame of reference’ Good introduction to the topic Give clues as to what the lecturer thinks is important Taking Notes Try and familiarise yourself with the topic before the lecture Is there a handout? It might be easier to annotate that Develop a personal shorthand Go over your note afterwards Correct errors and illegibility Add more detail Mindmap Have a system for organising and filing your notes Taking Good Notes Leave lots of space for later thoughts and analysis Mark Key Concepts Colour Icons Highlighting Categories and Hierarchies Number the pages! Reading Why? Greater depth of knowledge Reading lists Availability Sources Organisation Selection Understand the library Know why you are reading Method Seminars Opportunity to find out what others think Practice supporting your position with reasoned argument Take notes Don’t be shy – everyone is nervous Be tolerant too! What has he been saying? Goals Time management Sources of assistance Lectures Note-taking Reading Seminars The End Any Questions? The Next Lecture will be on essays and assignments.