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Old 01-03-2010, 10:54 PM #1
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how to study

alright so i never really studied thru high school and now im going into my second semester of my freshman year. i learned from last semster that i need to learn to study, but i dont know how... can anybody help?
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:00 PM #2
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My physics professor recommended reading the material before it is lectured in class. It works. This method allows you to ask questions if you didn't get something during your reading. Also, annotate
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:04 PM #3
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My physics professor recommended reading the material before it is lectured in class. It works. This method allows you to ask questions if you didn't get something during your reading. Also, annotate
so read the chapter or whatever before you go to class?
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Yea and if you answer a question that shows you read your book before the class your professor will be on your sack
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Agreed, I need to re-learn how to study. My last University was a joke in that I never read my books so I ended up spending $400 a semester on books I never opened.

I would have to say that reading the material before class sounds like a good idea.

For a math class, I would say doing as many problems from the chapter will help you out. If you are not sure how to do the problem ask someone that does so you do not guess on how the problem is done.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:14 PM #6
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Agreed, I need to re-learn how to study. My last University was a joke in that I never read my books so I ended up spending $400 a semester on books I never opened.

I would have to say that reading the material before class sounds like a good idea.

For a math class, I would say doing as many problems from the chapter will help you out. If you are not sure how to do the problem ask someone that does so you do not guess on how the problem is done.
thats always good. i used to do math homework, but it never stuck. if i didnt understand it i didnt do it. haha
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:17 PM #7
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My physics professor recommended reading the material before it is lectured in class. It works. This method allows you to ask questions if you didn't get something during your reading. Also, annotate
I'm definitely gonna try this out for my chemistry class this quarter
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Reading material before lecture helps a lot, especially if it's tough stuff and/or your professor barely speaks any english haha.
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Reading material before lecture helps a lot, especially if it's tough stuff and/or your professor barely speaks any english haha.
last semester i had a Russian english teacher....
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last semester i had a Russian english teacher....
how the **** did that work???
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:43 PM #11
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how the **** did that work???
lets say i got an f in that class cause i didnt understand a word she said half the time....
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:42 AM #12
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Read the material before it's covered, be that material the book or a powerpoint presentation. Also, get in groups for tests and try to guess what the main essay questions are going to be. Or, if it's a course where you already have a study guide, get together and assign each person an essay off that guide, then come together and have each person teach their essay.

Otherwise, hop in a study carrel. Either at your school's library or a local public library.
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:00 AM #13
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I have always been much more successful in learning material by reading the book than listening to the professor in lecture. Always. I am talking about reading the chapters over math books too.

I have also learned that I absolutely cannot study with others.
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i found that if i read my books before lecture then i understand the lecture better. Also, if you do work in groups, i find it nice to attempt the work ahead of time so that you can either know what you need help with and/or help the other members of the group out. Teaching something is a great way to study/learn.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:52 AM #15
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lets say i got an f in that class cause i didnt understand a word she said half the time....
i am in the same boat on that one except that i had to indure broken english from a crazy chinese lady
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:11 AM #16
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Learning information for the first time for yourself (not having someone teach it to you) tends to make you learn it better. Just outline the powerpoint or chapter before lecture, and you'd be surprised how much you know. For AP Bio in high school my teacher made us outline every chapter of the book (Campbells Biology) over the summer. I had no idea what I was writing about, but was actually surprised how much I learned when we went over it in class.


Outlines work for me. I love making them, I have a lot of fun, plus they can be fairly creative:
http://filladelphia.com/other/micrb422-review1.2.pdf

I made that one for medical microbiology last spring

From what I've learned, it takes about 3-4 hours for each lecture to learn the material.
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i am in the same boat on that one except that i had to indure broken english from a crazy chinese lady
This was one of the main reasons I left Purdue; I could not understand any of my professors. They were not hired to teach students, they were hired to bring the university prestige with their research.

I remember in Calc II blatantly telling my professor in front of 200 students that it sounded like he had a cheeseburger in his mouth.

I never went to a single Calc I, II, chem, or physics lecture after the first week while I attended Purdue my freshman year. I would dedicate that 50mins to reading the book.

I had a 3.52 when I transferred down to UE, so I guess I did alright. I love this school; teachers here are paid to teach, and they all speak perfect fluent English. In fact, about 80% were UE undergrads at one time.
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This was one of the main reasons I left Purdue; I could not understand any of my professors. They were not hired to teach students, they were hired to bring the university prestige with their research.
lol this is true

I only register classes with instructors whose name is related to English. That, or I read their profiles at ratemyprofessors.com and go from there.
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My physics professor recommended reading the material before it is lectured in class. It works. This method allows you to ask questions if you didn't get something during your reading. Also, annotate
My law professor did the same thing and it really works.
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Learning information for the first time for yourself (not having someone teach it to you) tends to make you learn it better. Just outline the powerpoint or chapter before lecture, and you'd be surprised how much you know. For AP Bio in high school my teacher made us outline every chapter of the book (Campbells Biology) over the summer. I had no idea what I was writing about, but was actually surprised how much I learned when we went over it in class.


Outlines work for me. I love making them, I have a lot of fun, plus they can be fairly creative:
http://filladelphia.com/other/micrb422-review1.2.pdf

I made that one for medical microbiology last spring

From what I've learned, it takes about 3-4 hours for each lecture to learn the material.
What program did you use to make that outline? It looks very professional and I'm interested in doing that for some calc classes because I find rewriting notes to be extremely useful for both studying and looking back for final exam review.
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I've found that making a study sheet helps me a lot. I do it by going through whatever material the test is on and writing down the stuff i don' have down pat. Then, I focus on studying/memorizing everything I wrote down. Given a couple days, as long as I didn't blow anything off, I've down very well on my tests.

Now if only I would do that for all my classes...
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