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					Effective Learning: Lecture 1
Learning Strategies
By David Smith

Why Am I here!?!?
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Social Interaction Critical Thinking Learning

What Are You Trying to Achieve?
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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!
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Re-Evaluate Your Plan
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Be flexible
Essay Deadlines  Exam Revision  Reading Weeks
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Know Yourself
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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.)
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What to do if its all going wrong.

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Personal
Student Advice and Counseling  Hall Wardens  Friends  Nightline
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Academic
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Personal Tutor/Part One Coordinator Effective Study Collection Language and Learning Centre
• Essay Writing • Exam Technique

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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
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Pool your reading  Explain things to each other
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Ask your tutor

Lectures
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Provide a ‘frame of reference’ Good introduction to the topic Give clues as to what the lecturer thinks is important

Taking Notes
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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
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Correct errors and illegibility Add more detail Mindmap

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Have a system for organising and filing your notes

Taking Good Notes
Leave lots of space for later thoughts and analysis  Mark Key Concepts
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Colour  Icons  Highlighting
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Categories and Hierarchies  Number the pages!
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Reading
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Why?
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Greater depth of knowledge
Reading lists Availability Sources

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Organisation
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Selection
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Understand the library Know why you are reading

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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!
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What has he been saying?
Goals  Time management  Sources of assistance  Lectures  Note-taking  Reading  Seminars
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The End
Any Questions?  The Next Lecture will be on essays and assignments.
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