Working ‘hard’ is not enough. To be an effective student, you need to work ‘smart’.
This book is for students who are serious about being successful in study, and teachers who want to know how best to help their students learn. For being a successful student is far more about being a smart user of effective strategies than about being 'smart'.
In Effective Notetaking and Mnemonics for Study, Dr McPherson showed readers many strategies for improving understanding and memory. But these on their own can only take you so far, if you don’t know how to cement that information into your brain for the long term. In this new book, Dr McPherson explains the 10 principles of effective practice and revision.
Few students know how to revise effectively, which is why they waste so much time going over and over material, as they try to hammer it into their heads. But you don’t need to spend all that time, and you don’t need to endure such boredom. What you need to do is understand how to review your learning in the most effective way. Using examples from science, math, history, foreign languages, and skill learning, that is what this book aims to teach you.
This book will tell you
* what you should practice or revise
* how you should practice
* how often you should practice
* how far apart you should schedule your sessions
* different strategies you can use in your practice
* how skill learning differs from 'fact' learning
As always with the Mempowered books, this book uses the latest cognitive and educational research to show you what to do to maximize your learning.
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Dr Fiona McPherson has a PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Otago (New Zealand). This theoretical grounding has been the foundation stone for the research she has spent the last twenty years exploring — the question of how to improve human memory. In 1999 her book The Memory Key was published in New Zealand. It has subsequently been published in the United States and Germany, and has most recently been republished in revised form by Random House UK as Perfect Memory Training. Since 2000 she has maintained a website (www.mempowered.com) dedicated to providing information on memory and how to improve it.
The book contains articles on:
* personal factors that affect academic achievement: motivation, persistence, anxiety, intelligence, self-regulation
* choosing strategies that are effective for the situation
* what 'transfer' is and why it's important
* how experts develop expertise
* the idea of 'desirable difficulties'
* the limits of memorization and rote learning
* some useful strategies in:
* reaching understanding.
This book is for students who are serious about being successful in study, and teachers who want to know how best to help their students learn.
As always with the Mempowered books, the short book is fully referenced.
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This book is for college students who are serious about being successful in study, and teachers who want to know how best to help their students learn.
Being a successful student is far more about being a smart user of effective strategies than about being 'smart'. Research has shown it is possible to predict how well a student will do simply on the basis of their use of study strategies.
This workbook looks at the most important group of study strategies – how to take notes (with advice on how to read a textbook and how to prepare for a lecture). You’ll be shown how to:
* format your notes
* use headings and highlighting
* how to write different types of text summaries and pictorial ones, including concept maps and mind maps (you'll find out the difference, and the pros and cons of each)
* ask the right questions
* make the right connections
* review your notes
* evaluate text to work out which strategy is appropriate.
There's advice on individual differences and learning styles, and on how to choose the strategies that are right for both you and the situation.
Using effective notetaking strategies will help you remember what you read. It will help you understand more, and set you on the road to becoming an expert (or at least getting good grades!).
Successful studying isn’t about hours put in, it’s about spending your time wisely. You want to study smarter not harder.
As always with the Mempowered books, this thorough (and fully referenced) workbook doesn't re-hash the same tired advice that's been peddled for so long. Rather, Effective Notetaking builds on the latest cognitive and educational research to help you study for success.
This 3rd edition has advance organizers and multi-choice review questions for each chapter, plus some additional material on multimedia learning, and taking notes in lectures.
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