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  1. 1. Study Strategies for Art History<br />
  2. 2. What Kind of Learner are you?<br />Not everyone absorbs information in the same way, so you should adopt a learning strategy that suits your strengths and helps you overcome your weaknesses.<br />
  3. 3. Ask yourself these questions…<br /><ul><li>What was my most effective experience studying experience I have ever had? What was the least?
  4. 4. What are some of the things I can’t forget, no matter how hard I try? Why is that?
  5. 5. Do I understand things better by talking them out with someone?
  6. 6. Do I remember the things I write down and forget the things I don’t?
  7. 7. If I see a chart or a diagram, does it help me understand complex ideas much more thoroughly.
  8. 8. Does actually doing things helps me understand ideas?</li></li></ul><li>Learning Styles<br /><ul><li>Aural: If I hear it, I can recall it.
  9. 9. Visual: If I see it, I know it.
  10. 10. Experiential: If I do it, I understand it.
  11. 11. Social: I find groups energizing and helpful.
  12. 12. Individual: I find groups to be distracting.</li></li></ul><li>For more about learning styles…<br /><ul><li>
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  15. 15.</li></li></ul><li>Studying images<br />Because this is an art history class, it is important to be able to identify the images you have seen in class and be able to place them in a rough chronology.<br />
  16. 16. Flashcards<br />Flashcards, Flashcards, Flashcards. <br />This is the most efficient strategy to connect the concepts/information to the artwork as well as compare the concepts to each other.<br />Flashcards don’t need to be the old-fashioned index cards. You can use power point, iphone apps, spread sheets, etc.<br />Use your flashcards effectively: Group or order cards by chronology, culture, or whatever you need to focus on.<br />
  17. 17. Options<br />Online Flashcards<br />Power Point<br />Iphone apps<br />Paper<br />
  18. 18. Tips on Chronology<br /><ul><li>Sort your images into groups. If you memorize images as parts of groups, you can get a better sense of a general chronology.
  19. 19. Rely on what you know about the culture of that object.
  20. 20. Do not bother remember exact dates for the prehistoric objects. Narrow it down to the millennium.
  21. 21. Order all of your images chronologically when you are studying for your slide Ids. Studying for one section of the exam should help you with the other.</li></li></ul><li>Mastering Concepts<br />In studying the essay portion of the exam, it is vital that you understand the major themes of the material from the reading and the lectures. The following are a variety of strategies.<br />
  22. 22. General Essay Tips<br /><ul><li>Pay careful attention to what is asked. Half of a successful essay answering the question that is asked.
  23. 23. Think of visual examples that would help you answer or explain each question.
  24. 24. Take a couple minutes to think about what you would like to say. Write an outline or a list of ideas if you need to.
  25. 25. Be as specific and detailed as you can when talking about your examples (i.e. the art).</li></li></ul><li>Mind Maps and Flow Charts<br />
  26. 26. Tell it as a story<br /><ul><li>Some people remember stories and prose better than they remember uncontextualized facts.
  27. 27. If this is the case, you may want to think of each image as having a story.
  28. 28. Whether you write this story down or just tell it to yourself, you may find you retain the information better than you would stand alone facts.</li></li></ul><li>Mnemonic Devices <br /><ul><li>If you are the kind of person, who remembers song lyrics or poems easily you might like using mnemonic devices.
  29. 29. Try rhyming difficult to remember terms, names or places with familiar words to aid your memory.
  30. 30. Alliteration works, too!
  31. 31. Try to think of the material in terms of what you like, understand and remember.</li></li></ul><li>Study Group Tips<br /><ul><li>Decide quickly how you would like to study the material.
  32. 32. Divide the critical thinking questions among the group members. Each group member is responsible for “teaching” their questions to the rest of the group.
  33. 33. Find a note buddy to help you fill in the blanks you might have.
  34. 34. Call a friend to “talk out” complicated ideas. Your friend doesn’t even need to be in the class.</li>