title: Study skills and how to write an essay session  sole Learning objectives .   - .to offer an introductory perspectiv...
I wonder if I might have your attention?
Bless to us our thinking;  and, learning, may we glorify You. Bless to us our senses;  and, perceiving, may we delight in ...
You may think that this is you ...
But,  honestly,  this is more like it ...
And its chock-full of these  ... and they keep on connecting ... !!! ... and you keep on learning.
But actually, it's not just about brains. It's a whole body thing: nervous system, endocrine system, the social relationsh...
So ... the first set of  study skills  are also   life skills: good company;  good diet;  exercise;  rest and sleep;  musi...
You weren't expecting that,  were you?
<ul><li>Probably you were expecting this stuff ... </li></ul><ul><li>note-taking </li></ul><ul><li>reading </li></ul><ul><...
<ul><li>Probably you were expecting this stuff ... </li></ul><ul><li>note-taking </li></ul><ul><li>reading </li></ul><ul><...
Adam names the animals “ ... and that was it's name.” Iow: as Adam came to know each animal, he consolidated his learning ...
 
We build knowledge: adding new stuff to what we already know or think we know. Our study skills need to help us to make co...
<ul><li>Back to this stuff ... </li></ul><ul><li>note-taking </li></ul><ul><li>reading </li></ul><ul><li>time-management <...
Note-taking Cf 'filing system' = 'finding system' linear visual colours abbreviations pictures http://andii.edublogs.org/s...
reading SQR3:  s urvey,  q uestion,  r ead,  r ecite,  r eview. <ul><li>Including marking text </li></ul><ul><li>to aid co...
<ul><li>time-management </li></ul>Know your deadlines translate (work backwards) times into weekly & daily schedules remem...
Essay-writing AFTER the break ...
writing essays <ul><ul><li>Aim:  to gain confidence in how to approach writing an essay in a theological college. </li></u...
eg. <ul><ul><li>&quot;Evaluate the accounts of divine providence found in  Noddy in Toytown  and  Rupert Bear Annual, 1966...
breakdown <ul><ul><li>break down task into components </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>also: look a LO's and other guidance in h...
Breakdown eg. <ul><ul><li>&quot;Evaluate the accounts of divine providence found in  Noddy in Toytown  and  Rupert Bear An...
assemble -Pull together the information you have already -identify and find the information you lack -save it in ways that...
Assemble eg. <ul><ul><li>&quot;Evaluate the accounts of divine providence found in N oddy in Toytown  and  Rupert Bear Ann...
weave together <ul><li>a lot of the 'shape' flows out of the task </li></ul><ul><li>pay attention to the transitions betwe...
Weave together eg. <ul><ul><li>&quot;Evaluate the accounts of divine providence found in N oddy in Toytown  and  Rupert Be...
final polish <ul><li>Make sure the structure is clear to the reader </li></ul><ul><li>contents / overview intro </li></ul>...
Final polish eg. <ul><ul><li>&quot;Evaluate the accounts of divine providence found in  Noddy in Toytown  and  Rupert Bear...
groupwork examples <ul><ul><li>What are the ways that New Age spiritualities use quantum physics and how might Christians ...
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  1. 1. title: Study skills and how to write an essay session sole Learning objectives . - .to offer an introductory perspective on learning - to outline the main skills involved in SJC's learning - to offer some ways to follow up those skills - to give a way in to writing an essay Key words: learning; skills, reading, writing, thinking, strategy Further reading: http://andii.edublogs.org/study-skills-starter/
  2. 2. I wonder if I might have your attention?
  3. 3. Bless to us our thinking; and, learning, may we glorify You. Bless to us our senses; and, perceiving, may we delight in what you make . Bless to us our conversation; In speaking may we build up all. So may we think more truly; know more clearly and grow together in loving service. Amen.
  4. 4. You may think that this is you ...
  5. 5. But, honestly, this is more like it ...
  6. 6. And its chock-full of these ... and they keep on connecting ... !!! ... and you keep on learning.
  7. 7. But actually, it's not just about brains. It's a whole body thing: nervous system, endocrine system, the social relationships ... !!
  8. 8. So ... the first set of study skills are also life skills: good company; good diet; exercise; rest and sleep; music making;
  9. 9. You weren't expecting that, were you?
  10. 10. <ul><li>Probably you were expecting this stuff ... </li></ul><ul><li>note-taking </li></ul><ul><li>reading </li></ul><ul><li>time-management </li></ul><ul><li>essay-writing </li></ul>http://andii.edublogs.org/study-skills-starter/
  11. 11. <ul><li>Probably you were expecting this stuff ... </li></ul><ul><li>note-taking </li></ul><ul><li>reading </li></ul><ul><li>time-management </li></ul><ul><li>Essay-writing </li></ul><ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>but first ... </li></ul>
  12. 12. Adam names the animals “ ... and that was it's name.” Iow: as Adam came to know each animal, he consolidated his learning with a name... ... we construct our own learning (eg language)
  13. 14. We build knowledge: adding new stuff to what we already know or think we know. Our study skills need to help us to make connections and put things together... and we have to take control of our learning to help it to happen.
  14. 15. <ul><li>Back to this stuff ... </li></ul><ul><li>note-taking </li></ul><ul><li>reading </li></ul><ul><li>time-management </li></ul><ul><li>essay-writing </li></ul>http://andii.edublogs.org/study-skills-starter/
  15. 16. Note-taking Cf 'filing system' = 'finding system' linear visual colours abbreviations pictures http://andii.edublogs.org/study-skills-starter/
  16. 17. reading SQR3: s urvey, q uestion, r ead, r ecite, r eview. <ul><li>Including marking text </li></ul><ul><li>to aid comprehension </li></ul><ul><li>to help retrieval </li></ul><ul><li>to identify key points </li></ul><ul><li>(could be quotes) </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>time-management </li></ul>Know your deadlines translate (work backwards) times into weekly & daily schedules remember: rest of life !
  18. 19. Essay-writing AFTER the break ...
  19. 20. writing essays <ul><ul><li>Aim: to gain confidence in how to approach writing an essay in a theological college. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Looking at basic tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>using some fake examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>some groupwork. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. eg. <ul><ul><li>&quot;Evaluate the accounts of divine providence found in Noddy in Toytown and Rupert Bear Annual, 1966 &quot;. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 22. breakdown <ul><ul><li>break down task into components </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>also: look a LO's and other guidance in handbook </li></ul></ul>
  22. 23. Breakdown eg. <ul><ul><li>&quot;Evaluate the accounts of divine providence found in Noddy in Toytown and Rupert Bear Annual 1966 &quot;. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Evaluate&quot; = ? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Divine providence&quot; =? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DP in NiT=? DP in RBA =? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SWOT each. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Weigh respective merits and downsides against each other. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LO: &quot;Show understanding of issues in systematic theology as they relate to contemporary literature.&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 24. assemble -Pull together the information you have already -identify and find the information you lack -save it in ways that make sense to you -keep weighing up information against the task
  24. 25. Assemble eg. <ul><ul><li>&quot;Evaluate the accounts of divine providence found in N oddy in Toytown and Rupert Bear Annual 1966 &quot;. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LO: &quot;Show understanding of issues in systematic theology as they relate to contemporary literature.&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>therefore: know that you should make sure that you demonstrate a good understanding of DP and that it doesn't get lost in literary analysis. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>definition of evaluate; understanding[s] of DP; exposition of DP in NiT and in RBA; list and explanation of strengths and weaknesses of each. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Actually it's now nearly written. Just need to match up the SWOTs and evaluate them and make sure that there's a good flow between sections. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure structure is clear to reader: contents/overview; subheadings. Check references, citations etc. Conclusion contains no new info? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 26. weave together <ul><li>a lot of the 'shape' flows out of the task </li></ul><ul><li>pay attention to the transitions between sections and points </li></ul><ul><li>It might help to have a diagram of the main argument, or to attempt to summarise it to someone else, to check if it flows. </li></ul><ul><li>make sure conclusion has no new info </li></ul>
  26. 27. Weave together eg. <ul><ul><li>&quot;Evaluate the accounts of divine providence found in N oddy in Toytown and Rupert Bear Annual 1966 &quot;. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>definition of evaluate; understanding[s] of DP; exposition of DP in NiT and in RBA; list and explanation of strengths and weaknesses of each. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Actually it's now nearly written. Just need to match up the SWOTs and evaluate them and make sure that there's a good flow between sections. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure structure is clear to reader: contents/overview; subheadings. Check references, citations etc. Conclusion contains no new info? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 28. final polish <ul><li>Make sure the structure is clear to the reader </li></ul><ul><li>contents / overview intro </li></ul><ul><li>subheadings may help </li></ul><ul><li>citations and references </li></ul><ul><li>page numbers, name etc in headers and footers </li></ul>
  28. 29. Final polish eg. <ul><ul><li>&quot;Evaluate the accounts of divine providence found in Noddy in Toytown and Rupert Bear Annual 1966 &quot;. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure structure is clear to reader: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>contents/overview; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>subheadings. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Check references, citations etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusion contains no new info? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Word count </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>headers and footers with page numbers and your details. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 30. groupwork examples <ul><ul><li>What are the ways that New Age spiritualities use quantum physics and how might Christians respond? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How does Hezekiah view God's kingship in relation to Israel's government? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some Christians claim that counselling is unChristian. What reasons do they typically give and do you agree with that claim? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Christology is little more than spiritual oppression made doctrine&quot;. How do you respond to Dr Hans Wiederschinns' critique of Christology? </li></ul></ul>

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