How to Get the Most Out of Anthropology

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How to Get the Most Out of Anthropology

  1. 1. How to Get the Most Out of This Anthropology Course And All Courses
  2. 2. How Not to Read a Textbook (Or an Article) <ul><li>Passive Reading : The Surest Way to Forget </li></ul><ul><li>You are a passive reader if you. . . </li></ul><ul><li>Plow through textbooks like a novel </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight what you think is “important”---until your whole book is highlighted </li></ul><ul><li>Try to memorize the whole thing </li></ul><ul><li>Start on page 1 (and grit your teeth to the bitter end) </li></ul>
  3. 3. How to Read a Textbook (or an Article) <ul><li>Think about what you know (what you know may surprise you) </li></ul><ul><li>Start with the table of contents for the chapter—that’s your road map </li></ul><ul><li>Read the introduction first--and the abstract if there is any </li></ul><ul><li>Read the conclusion if any </li></ul><ul><li>Then read the main text </li></ul><ul><li>Jot down anything that doesn’t make sense—and ask questions— I won’t bite! </li></ul><ul><li>Review right after reading </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to Read a Professional Article <ul><li>Rule 1: Don’t panic! </li></ul><ul><li>Rule 2: Get the lay of the land </li></ul><ul><li>Read any introduction to the article </li></ul><ul><li>Read the abstract, if any </li></ul><ul><li>Read the article introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Read the conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Read the main points </li></ul><ul><li>Read the support material </li></ul><ul><li>Reread the abstract, introduction, and conclusion </li></ul>
  5. 5. Involve Yourself In Class <ul><li>Dumb questions? What dumb questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Start each class with a question </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions often in class or during office hours </li></ul><ul><li>Join in class discussion </li></ul><ul><li>And don’t forget: 10% of the grade involves class discussion </li></ul>
  6. 6. Effective Study <ul><li>You’ve got e-lectures; read them first and often </li></ul><ul><li>Study at the same time and place, if possible—develop a routine </li></ul><ul><li>Study in half-hour blocks </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t mix your subjects: do anthropology then English or vice versa </li></ul><ul><li>When you’re done, reward yourself </li></ul>
  7. 7. Studying for the Test <ul><li>Use your study guide or vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Study what has been emphasized in class and in the lecture notes </li></ul><ul><li>Get the big picture of every topic—what is that term or information for? </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrate on what you missed in previous quizzes/tests/exams </li></ul><ul><li>Start a week before the text or exam </li></ul><ul><li>Put your notes and related chapters together </li></ul><ul><li>Get a study partner and quiz each other </li></ul>
  8. 8. Taking the Test <ul><li>Come at the right time or a little before </li></ul><ul><li>Read and understand the instructions before you start </li></ul><ul><li>Read through the test, carefully answering only the questions you know first </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the tigers and answer them </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the essay questions/terms midway through, to avoid panicky last minutes </li></ul><ul><li>If you’re done early, check your answers </li></ul><ul><li>When you get your test back, focus on the errors for feedback for the next exam or the final </li></ul>
  9. 9. Working the In-Class Video Assignments <ul><li>These are group efforts, so contribute—don’t be a free rider </li></ul><ul><li>Take notes while watching the video </li></ul><ul><li>Listen what others have to say </li></ul><ul><li>When done, take turns writing the answers—this is good practice </li></ul><ul><li>The writer should be the on the top spaces provided for the names </li></ul>
  10. 10. Working the EthnoQuest CD <ul><li>Attend the CD orientation at the LRC </li></ul><ul><li>Read the handout for each program carefully before starting. </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended: Use new CDs, not “preowned” ones </li></ul><ul><li>If you encounter a problem, see me pronto! </li></ul><ul><li>If something isn’t clear, check with me ASAP </li></ul><ul><li>Start each program as soon as you’ve completed the last one </li></ul>
  11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>It’s my job to see that everyone does well </li></ul><ul><li>Always, always seek help if you find yourself in a jam </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to ask questions, in class or in the office </li></ul><ul><li>Tutors are also available. Check the LRC </li></ul><ul><li>Best wishes for this class—and for your other classes </li></ul>

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