Monday, December 17, 2012

How to Speed Study

1 - Watch lectures, pause video's and take notes as you go along so that you can fully comprehend what they are saying. Videos typically discuss KEY points of what you need to learn. They won’t cover every single topic, which is what your study text is for.
2- Skim or read study text, update your notes with anything pertinent. Write a 1 paragraph summary, in your own words after each section. This summary will be your quick review notes; I do mine on a separate piece of paper.
3- Practice your questions with feedback enabled. Information sticks better if you get immediate feedback on what you are currently focused on.

Tough/Struggling area's

1- Get a piece of paper and write at the top of it an idea or process that you want to understand
2- Read and review your study notes and quick review notes on this area
3- Explain this idea, out loud, as if you were teaching it to someone else
* Somewhere in your explanation you will come to a stopping point, where you don't know what to say or are unsure, this is the "stopping point"
4- Stopping point is the area or gap of what you are having trouble with understanding, focus your study on that area. Google it specifically, make notes on what you are researching about it.

 i.e. Trouble area, Inventory testing. Rather than Googling "inventory testing" be more specific. What are the procedures for inventory testing as applicable to its assertions (or a specific assertion)

This is especially true with FAR:

Also on tough areas, don't attempt the difficult questions until you have the easier question's mastered. It will only confuse and frustrate you which will lead to a lack of focusing, or reduce the chances of you wanting to study. 

Don't laugh at that, if you do not "want to study" then you won't. Try to make studying as easy as possible.

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