Meaningful Study: Glimpses
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You study what you can master. Basics of study can benefit many.
Accommodations call for inspections and more.
Interest may be fine if you let it work for you. Interest is natural, but not always the most priorotised part of formal schooling. Try and be honest with yourself and others, to the degree you can. It may even be a "best policy" eventually.
Suffice to say that not everything that children and young adults learn in school is due to keen interest on their part. As a result, artificial motivations like grade systems and compulsory attendance get established - and these measures of formal schooling may actually harm the interest.
Talents may be encouraged at home, then. Home schooling may be fine, whereas sound talents that do not fit in in formal schooling, may breed frustration.
To get an inkling of deeper interests in you, not artificial ones stemming from accomodations or dismal conformity, check what you naturally do if you get a chance to apply yourself, see what you get energetic about, what excites you and your curiousity.
Perhaps you need to search for or adhere to sides of you without flinching when others mock you as silly for it. If such things happen, conditions are not easy, and may not be conductive to your thriving and true welfare either. For humans have many dormant, higher needs, says Abraham Maslow. You need to cater to yours in time, when it is fit. Many people do not do it. [Link]
A sensible approach is what you are given
A STURDY approach to study is rooted in both research and experience. Individual experience counts a lot too. Thus, you're encouraged to develop an approach that fits you under the circumstances. [See Mum 4]
Think of these four ingredients:
How To Survey Textbooks
Every little helps. Survey, peruse - gather and formulate interesting goals. The following is common knowledge:
THERE ARE very good reasons to hail good study, for it can be hard work. Much time will be needed for it. Proficient study consists in bringing little bits of information into the long-term memory, (LTM), and to do it can be a much cumbersome and slow-moving process, it has been shown. Data bits and chunks into one's LTM seems to be just 1-2 bits per second. Quality information may consist of compounds of bits, as with word definitions. In the light of this, maybe ten data chunks per minute marks the capacity. However, the exact processing speed is not settled on.
Suffice for now to draw attention to that the good learning process takes very much time and may not be stepped up a lot, and requires plenty of considerate rest (pauses) tointegrate new bits of information with old ones. Some also consider sleep to be an important factor in establishing well-organized long-term memories.
The problem solver may start with a concrete problem in some present situation and try to do something to alter it in the hope of moving closer to a goal. However, "one can easily veer off on a tangent or arrive at a dead end", says Dale Schunk. [Lte 244]
What becomes stored in the LTM, is there largely as essential meanings. It is good to know that different types of memory are stored in different regions of the brain. Theoretical knowledge and skills differ in how they are stored. Impressions can last for a few days or decades. It can be good to memorise new material about four times spaced out over a couple of weeks, and then go on to memorise more seldom. LTM differs from working memory (short-term memory), which keeps information for only around 20 seconds in average. Data can be transferred into the LTM by rehearsals (memorisation, spaced repetitions) and meaningful association, and strong impressions generally. When something is stored in the LTM, the structure of neurons is altered, and synapses among brain neurons are activated patternwise.
The brain stores long term information by growing additional synapses between neurons. Basic information on how to use your brain is a boon in this venture, plus meticulous attention to organised learning sessions of your own making, study the methods that Tony Buzan has called organic study. Self-centred study is the same; it is another term for the same thing. [cf Mum 4]
As for technology sides of the venture, it tends to help to survey a book or a work before deciding to read it. Such scanning enables you to get a more complete grasp, making in-depth reading much more favourable, or easier. Similarly, it usually helps accessing the content of a chapter if there is a brief summary of it at the beginning. A short summary at the end may come in handy too. One reason is that your memory changes during learning. Its content may be reworked both consciously and subconsciously on accessing and drawing upon it. [cf Mum 3] ◊
You're encouraged to form "mental pictures" of your thoughts, because the visual memory has been found to be nearly perfect in some ways, and probably helps most people. However, there are differences among us - allow for that too. [see Mum 3]
Study methods (ie valid study technology) can produce dramatic results. [cf Mum 4]
YOU SHOULD also know that keywords that you write down yourself can help the study more than long abstracts and less convenient note-taking [Link].
I guess some moderate and sensible approach pays. Self-rewards in the study may be fit too.
Other methods too may work, or give occasional help, as "People use different problem-solving operators, depending on their interpretation of the logical connective if. [Cpi 316]." [cf Mum 4] ◊ [T+]
Cpi: Anderson, John R. Cognitive Psychology and its Implications. 4th ed. New York: Freeman, 1995.
Ebu: Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica 2010 Ultimate Reference Suite DVD. London: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2010.
Lte: Schunk, Dale. Learning Theories. An Educational Perspective. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Merrill/Prentice-Hall, 1996.
Mum: Buzan, Tony. Make the Most of Your Mind. Rev. ed. London: Pan, 1988.
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