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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.

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