Tips for Effective Graduate & Post Doctoral Writing:
How to Create Your Study System (transcript).
Hello and welcome back! My name is Dr. Cheryl Lentz, owner of The Refractive Thinker® Press. Today our focus is on Tips for Effective Studying: How to Create Your Study System.
Creating your own study system should be simple and include only a few short steps. Once you have designed these steps, you need to conduct your study sessions the same way every time.
I offer the following 5-step process as one system to consider.
Step 1: Prepare
Effective study requires careful planning. Instead, let’s work smarter, not harder. Let’s first answer a few questions before we begin:
1. Know your purpose. What do you hope to achieve by this study session?
2. What is the amount of time you have for this study session? Organize and plan your time. Spend no more than 30-45 minutes or you may drive yourself nuts. According to research, shorts bursts of studying are far more effective than long marathon sessions.
3. How will you track and organize each of your study sessions? Keep careful notes on what you do every time you do it.
Step 2: Physical Space
Before you begin, let’s be sure to surround yourself with an environment conducive to studying.
1. Do you need silence to study?
2. Do you need background noise or music?
3. Do you need snacks or beverage? Be sure to have these with you so as to avoid any distractions or disruptions.
Step 3: Tools
Now that you have created the most effective study space, what tools do you need to study?
Here are a few suggestions to consider:
1. Are you a book person where you prefer physical books? Be sure to review your syllabus to ensure that you have the correct books with you. There is nothing worse than getting ready to study only to realize you’ve brought the wrong books.
2. Do you prefer online books that you can read from your computer, e-Reader (Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader), tablet, or cell phone? Be sure that these are downloaded in the appropriate place via the correct app.
3. Will you need an active Internet or Wi-Fi connection? Some students have the ability to use their cell phone as a hot spot, or have a portable hub where they connect anywhere. If access is needed, be sure to confirm ahead of time that your study space has access (Computer Café, Library, or retail space)
4. Will you be watching videos? Be sure to pack along a set of head phones so as not to disturb anyone near you.
5. Will you need to take notes? Be sure to pack along pens, pencils, or perhaps highlighters.
Step 4: Studying
Now that you have your space and tools in place, how will you begin?
Here are a few suggestions to consider:
1. Begin by reading your syllabus. What are the writing objectives for this particular week?
2. Is this study session to simply familiarize yourself with this week’s readings? Or are you reading for a particular assignment or presentation? Read with Purpose. Begin with the end in mind.
3. If you are reading an academic textbook, please be sure to review the video/transcript: How to Read AN Academic Text Book (chapter).
4. When you are finished, be sure to note your place or page number so as to return
Step 5: Reflection
Let’s be sure to again work smarter not harder. Keep a Study Journal. After each study session, spend a few moments reflecting on the learning that has taken place. What did you learn? Is additional clarity needed? Make notes of anything that may remain fuzzy to discuss further within your classroom study. Create a way to note these questions (Highlight?) so that you can ask your faculty in your next session.
This 5-step process should save you valuable time when studying. Enjoy your learning!
For more tips on effective academic study systems, please visit my blog at refractivethinker.com/wordpress. Thank you again for joining me today. My name is Dr. Cheryl Lentz and I hope you find these suggestions within this video helpful. Good luck to you in your academic writing pursuits. Cheers!
Dr. Cheryl Lentz
Chief Refractive Thinker®
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