Overview• The Class as a resource• The Core Text• Your Notes• Read around the subject• Revision• The Exam
The Class as a resource• Attend the class.• Listen- for main ideas and for the relevant details supporting them.• Pay particular attention when lecturer is analysing information.• Notice lists, cause and effect, superlatives, or if she spends a long time explaining something.
The Class as a resource• Ask questions if you do not understand.• Note other students questions, they may give you an insight.• Talk to other students
The Core Text- Linking topics• Causal-leads to, produces, results in, affects• Explanation-is a reason for• Termed- known as, called• Property- consists of, has characteristics of• Procedure- how it happens, done by, how to do• Probable- how likely, never, always• Event- comes before, follows on from
The Core Text- create a learning frameConceptDefinitionWhy is it still relevantCharacteristics ofCritics of conceptExample in real lifeHow to avoid or create
Your notes• Make legible notes• Use only one side of the paper• Allow blank space to fill in gaps• Use diagrams to link ideas• Don’t write every word.• Write words that will help you remember the main points of the lecture
Reading around the subject• Read with the intention to analyse and evaluate.• Not just to remember what you read, but to be able to:1. Talk or write about the material with an informed opinion2. Apply information or concepts to a new scenario or problem3. Use the information to solve a problem.
Reading around the subject• Change all chapter titles, subtitles, sections, and paragraph headings into questions.• Operant Conditioning- What is operant conditioning?• What is the difference between primary and secondary research?• These questions become “hooks” on which you can organise the material.
Reading around the subjectIdentifywhether it is BackgroundBackgroundinformation orNice to know Nice to knowinformation orMust Know Must knowinformation
Revision• Read the chapter and close the book• Mentally visualize, then write, the key points of the material.• Review your answers to see how well you actually recalled the reading• Note the points you recalled incorrectly or omitted.• Organise the concepts into a logical sequence.
Revision• Create a revision timetable• Allocate your time to suit work or family commitments• Select a suitable study space or room• Remove distractions• Turn off email or Instant messaging• Take regular, planned breaks
Revision• Learn in a style that suits you• Make a podcast• Use post-its• Read aloud• Draw a picture• Use a flip chart• Use mnemonics or acronyms
Revision• Put down the highlighter, highlighting is not studying.• Make notes as you read• Identify and define key terms• Tell someone what you learned, this will help you to spot any gaps in your explanation.
Revision• Review past exam papers• Write your own exam paper, based on the chapter• Answer the question within the exam time frame• Review your answer
The exam• Check to be sure you are familiar with location and time• Bring spare pens etc.• Spend 5 minutes reading the paper• Circle the key words, i.e. discuss, describe• Jot down any ideas or keywords as your read the paper
The Exam• If you get stuck on a question, stop.• Write why you are stuck, Can’t remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. This may trigger your memory• Still stuck? Move on to next question and come back to the problem later.
The Exam• Write an outline of your answer.• This will help you structure your response and you may be awarded some marks if you run out of time.• Use the language of the discipline
The Exam• Write legibly, this helps the corrector to allocate marks• Make a note of how many marks are allocated to each section• Spend the last 5 minutes reading your answers.• Write down in bullet points any key areas or points you omitted.
Multiple Choice Questions• Don’t over interpret questions.• Read the details in every answer.• Cross out answers that you know to be wrong or that are highly unlikely.• Trust your first instincts and only change an answer if you remember the correct one.