- Lesson 1- Introductory Video
This video will 'set the scene' for this study skills course. It covers what you will learn, what we mean by study skills and how you can contact me should you have any questions.
- Lesson 2 – Study Skills Baseline Questions
Please complete these pre-course baseline questions. They are a crucial part in critical reflective learning and practice and will show you how far you have come by the end of the course, when they are re-visited.
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Course delivered by Sarah Simpson
Master essential study and learning strategies for ultimate exam success!
This study skills course covers; how and why you learn, multiple study skills methods, how to read, take notes and study from books, prioritisation, visual and auditory methods, ensuring you don’t miss anything out, how to pre-empt exam questions as well as a general study approach and a list of apps and web based systems. This will all combine to produce a system which enables you to learn & recall faster and smarter.
“Having lectured and indeed studied for many years I know how daunting it can be to have to condense; weeks, months or years of learning into what is usually a very short exam. This course will give you the skills, tools, techniques, knowledge and insight to learn, study and recall that information in a way that suits your style, whilst pre-empting possible exam questions and prioritising your approach.In short this course offers you a complete learning and study system that can be adapted to you and your topic. It shows your progress through pre and post critical reflective learning”. Sarah Simpson
- Over 39 lectures and 2 hours of content!
- choose the right study technique for you
- appreciate the types study you may undertake
- understand that there are three main ways that you learn
- identify what reading style best matches your type of study
- practice and appreciate the different types of condensing and summarising methods
- understand how cue cards work
- acquire note taking skills that will aid studying
- know how to study from books in an effective and efficient way
- understand how to prioritise your studying
- Know how to preempt what questions you may be asked
- appreciate how visual methods can aid information assimilation
- understand the benefit of auditory methods and techniques
- understand methods to ensuring you don’t miss anything out when practicing / answering questions
- learn the ASPIRE strategy
- undertake a critical reflective learning exercise
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for anyone studying or learning or anyone who teaches or instructs others
What are the requirements?
- You may wish to take notes as you go along.
- Please complete the baseline / pre course questions. This will be re-visited at the end of the course as part of your critical reflective learning
- Lesson 4 – How Do You Learn?
Why do you study? Well, there are actually 5 reasons for studying and by looking at these as well as the 4 fundamental ways you can improve your learning and study skills we can 'set the scene' for the rest of this course.
- Lesson 5 – VAK test / Score
Do you know how you best learn / study? This VAK -Visual, Auditory & Kinaesthetic scoring sheet allows you to see your preferred method of studying and learning. You will see that some people have dominant style, whilst others have more of a combination approach.
- Lesson 6 – Acrostics
This video explores acrostics - An invented sequence of words, whose first letter gives you the clue to the information you need to remember and recall.You will see examples of 'acrostics in action' .
- Lesson 7 – Acronyms
This video explores acronyms - an invented combination of letters, which is pronounced as a single word. Each letter of this word is a cue or suggestion to the item you need to remember.You will see examples of 'acronyms in action'.
- Lesson 8 – Analogies
This video explores analogies - a comparison between unlike things that have something in common.You will see examples of 'analogies in action'
- Lesson 9 – Mnemonics
This video explores mnemonics - another technique for remembering information that is otherwise quite difficult to recall.As with the previous videos we will explore this through examples.
- Lesson 10 – Reading Video: Styles & Methods
To be a really effective reader and therefore studier you need to be able to vary your style depending on your material.The three methods we will look at in this video are; speed, skim and scan
- Lesson 11 – Reading Apps
This is a list of apps that you can consider when becoming a more efficient and effective reader.
- Lesson 12 – Keywords
Keywords help with memory recall by condensing large amounts of information into a single word or short phrase that is easy to remember. The key to success is to pick a word that unlocks a large amount of information.
- Lesson 13 – Tree Structures / Diagrams
Tree structures or diagrams allow us to see all the possible outcomes of an event and calculate their probability. Each branch in a tree diagram represents a possible outcome
- Lesson 14 – Spider Diagrams
These are an excellent tool for creating an overview, and remembering it accurately.They help distill complex topics down into a single memorable page by using branching and spatial organisation, colour and images.
- Lesson 15 – Mind Maps
Mind maps help you to generate ideas and make associations. They are a powerful memory aid in an examination because they are visual in nature and show the relationships between component topics within an overall subject area.
- Lesson 16 – Concept Maps
A concept map is a way of representing relationships between ideas images or words.In a concept map, each word or phrase connects to another, and links back to the original idea, word, or phrase. As such they are a way to develop logical thinking and study skills by revealing connections and helping you see how individual ideas form a larger picture.
- Lesson 17 – Condensing Apps
This is a list of apps that you could consider when using condensing and summarising study methods.
- Lesson 18 – Flash Cards
The most widely used cue method is the flashcard.One of the primary reasons for their success is they require active recall and each time this is practiced you force your brain to remember or recall information.Nowadays these can be electronic rather than written and there are many apps or sites where these can be created or downloaded.
- Lesson 19 – Skeleton Prose
Notes are structured as a sequence of numbered points and paragraphs, with headings and indentations which resembles an essay plan. It is a useful technique for books or articles where arguments are static and built up slowly and sequentially.
- Lesson 20 – The Cornell Note Taking System
This provides you with a structured, common-sense way of making sure that you take clear notes, engage with them actively and have accurate material from which you can study or revise. It prevents you from having to laboriously recopy your notes when revising or studying - a so called “do it right first time” method.
- Lesson 21 – Notes Apps
This is a list of note taking apps that you could consider to support your learning and studying.
- Lesson 24 – The Traffic Light Approach
When studying a common pitfall people fall into is setting out to learn everything in the order in which is was presented or delivered. However, for a variety of reasons which could include time constraints, fatigue or sheer volume of material this may not be possible, or as you will see, even desirable. Therefore, we need a method of separating what is essential you know from what would be great to know if you had unlimited time and energy.
- Lesson 25 – Method of Loci
The Method of Loci, will be familiar to you if you have watched Benedict Cumberbach in Sherlock Holmes, because this is the method he uses in his 'mind place'. It can also be seen in Elementary and Hannibal.This approach is based on the building of neural pathways and is particularly beneficial if you are a visual learner
- Lesson 26 – The Peg or Hook System
This method works by associating the numbers from 1 to 10 with words that rhyme. You can then associate these words with the information you need to remember.
- Lesson 27 – Auditory Approaches
Auditory approaches include; talking out loud, recording your notes, asking questions (individually), asking questions (as part of a group) and listening to podcasts and videos.
- Lesson 28 – Text-to-Speech Apps
This is a list of apps you could consider that convert text to speech, so you can listen back in a variety of places eg. at home, whilst travelling or exercising.
- Lesson 29 – BRG
The BRG (Black Red Green) method was developed through the Royal Literary Fund. and it helps you to ensure that every aspect of the question that has been asked has been considered
- Lesson 30 – PEE
The PEE (Point Evidence Explain) method builds an argument around a series of logical, coherent, linked paragraphs.
- Lesson 31 – The PEE Method
This is a detailed document explaining the PEE (point, evidence, explain) method.
- Lesson 32 – Seven Point Scale for Perfect Paragraphs
As promised at the end of lecture 30 - the PEE method, this document explains the 7-point scale for perfect paragraphs.
- Lesson 33 – The ASPIRE Approach
Throughout this course we have looked at a wide variety of study skills. In this video I want to look at a general strategy / approach to any kind of study, which is easy to remember and execute. This is the ASPIRE Strategy.
- Lesson 34 – ASPIRE Study Strategy Method
A document explaining the ASPIRE study strategy we saw in lecture 33.
- Lesson 35 – Exam Countdown App
This is a list of general exam apps, you could consider.
- Lesson 36 – Summary 1 Video
In this 1st summary video we will recap our previous 14 sections.
- Lesson 37 – Summary Video 2
In this 2nd summary video I want to show you how practically you can combine different study methods. You won't see a video of me in the bottom left hand corner of the screen during this video as I want to concentrate on the images and information.