Study Strategies in Biology Workshop

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This is the PowerPoint presentation for my Study Strategies in Anatomy & Physiology Workshop at the New Student Orientation, HACC - York Campus, Jan 2009.

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Study Strategies in Biology Workshop

  1. 1. Study Strategies for Success in Anatomy & Physiology Rob Swatski Assistant Professor of Biology HACC – York Campus
  2. 2. Your Learning Style Profile <ul><li>There is no one best way to learn! </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate yourself </li></ul><ul><li>A. Study Skills </li></ul><ul><li>B. Learning Style </li></ul><ul><li>C. Preference </li></ul>
  3. 3. Visual <ul><li>Add diagrams to notes </li></ul><ul><li>Create flowcharts </li></ul><ul><li>Watch animations & films </li></ul><ul><li>Visually organize your notes so you can see main points & connections </li></ul><ul><li>Color-code notes </li></ul><ul><li>Use visual organizers </li></ul>
  4. 10. Verbal <ul><li>Reading, hearing spoken words, discuss, explain </li></ul><ul><li>Attend lectures & review sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Record lectures, rewrite notes, & add what you missed </li></ul><ul><li>Recite information aloud </li></ul><ul><li>Study groups </li></ul>
  5. 11. Active/Tactile (Kinesthetic) <ul><li>“ The mind remembers what the hands do” </li></ul><ul><li>Experience the material: draw, build, create </li></ul><ul><li>Move around & recite while learning </li></ul><ul><li>Group work: flash cards </li></ul><ul><li>Teach material to a classmate </li></ul>
  6. 22. Linear (Left-Brain) Learning <ul><li>You need details, step-by-step logical sequences, & structure </li></ul><ul><li>Rewrite/summarize notes following your own logic (outlines) </li></ul><ul><li>Make your own flash cards </li></ul><ul><li>Map out the chapter – get a sense of the Big Picture </li></ul>
  7. 23. Holistic (Right-Brain) Learning <ul><li>You need to see the Big Picture & relationships between ideas in order for concepts to make sense </li></ul><ul><li>Use maps & visual organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Develop flash cards of most important concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Annotate your textbook </li></ul>
  8. 24. Annotate Your Textbook <ul><li>Become an Active Reader – “take notes” in your textbook as you read </li></ul><ul><li>Not simply “highlighting” – too passive </li></ul><ul><li>Annotating forces you to concentrate better </li></ul>
  9. 25. How to Annotate <ul><li>Make note of concepts you don’t understand </li></ul><ul><li>Underline important terms </li></ul><ul><li>Circle definitions </li></ul><ul><li>Write key words & definitions in margins </li></ul><ul><li>Signal important info – key words or symbols in margin </li></ul><ul><li>Write short summaries in margin at end of subtopics </li></ul><ul><li>Indicate steps in a process by writing numbers in margin </li></ul>
  10. 26. “ Chunking” <ul><li>System of mental filing & retrieving </li></ul><ul><li>Break up studying into 45 min to 1 hour chunks (max. attention span for most) </li></ul><ul><li>Break up reading by chapter subtopics </li></ul><ul><li>Annotate text & label info for future reference </li></ul><ul><li>Add new info to maps/outlines after lecture </li></ul><ul><li>Write a summary of each “chunk” of reading </li></ul>
  11. 27. Let me know if you need any extra help this semester! <ul><li>Rob Swatski Rm 108-C </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>718-0328, ext 3573 </li></ul><ul><li>Tutoring in Learning Center: MW 2-4 </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll be happy to help you with learning styles, study tips, test-taking, & time management strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Have a successful semester!!! </li></ul><ul><li>All photographs of students & student projects taken by Rob Swatski, Summer & Fall 2008, HACC – York Campus </li></ul>

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