Study Smarter, Not Harder

Study Smarter, Not Harder

by Kevin Paul

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Overview

By mastering the seven basic elements of complete study skills included in this book, it's possible to tap into hidden potential for maximum performance and increased learning power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770407121
Publisher: Self-Counsel Press, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Series: Reference Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 346,171
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Kevin Paul began his professional career teaching study skills at the University of Victoria. He has been a student services professional for more than 20 years and has talked with thousands of students about what it takes to be a successful learner. Currently, he is president of Kihon Learning Systems, a company dedicated to helping students of all ages achieve success in their studies. He also serves as Dean of Student Services at Langara College in Vancouver.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction 1 1. The Knowledge Explosion 3 2. You Can Learn Anything 5 1. You Are a Genius 5 2. Who Can Do This? 7 3. How Is This Possible? 8 4. Why It Is Important to Unlock Your Genius 8 5. Where to Start 10 6. What to Expect 10 7. Beyond What’s Comfortable 12 8. You Are 100 Percent Responsible for Your Own Success 12 Part II: The Fundamentals 13 3. Your Astonishing Brain and Your Amazing Intelligences 15 1. This Chapter Can Change Your Life 15 2. The Numbers That Will Change Your Life 16 3. There’s More Than One Computer in There 16 4. The Two-Sided Brain 20 5. Riding the Brain Waves 21 vi Study smarter, not harder 6. Three Modes of Learning 22 7. Eight Kinds of Intelligence 24 8. So What? 27 4. Preparation: The Most Important Part of Learning 29 1. Preparing Yourself to Learn Is the Most Important Part of Learning 29 2. What Are You Trying to Achieve with Preparation? 31 3. Preparing a Place to Study 31 4. Preparing Your Mind for Studying 35 5. Sequences for Preparing Yourself to Study 50 6. A Final Word about Preparation 51 5. Memory 53 1. Principles of Memory 54 2. Improving Your Memory for Studying 62 6. Focus: The #1 Super Study Skill 69 1. The Power of Focus 69 2. What Is Concentration? 70 3. What Interferes with Concentration? 71 4. How Can You Improve Your Concentration? 72 5. A Concentration Fitness Plan for Studying 75 6. What to Do If Nothing Is Working 76 7. The 13 Principles of Study Skills (A Summary of the Story So Far) 77 Principle 1: Believe in Yourself 77 Principle 2: Prepare 78 Principle 3: Organize Yourself and Your Work 78 Principle 4: Spend Time on What Matters 78 Principle 5: Discipline Yourself 79 Contents vii Principle 6: Be Persistent 79 Principle 7: Divide and Conquer 80 Principle 8: Become an Information Filter 80 Principle 9: Practice Output as Well as Input 80 Principle 10: Do Not Fear Mistakes 81 Principle 11: Use All Your Intelligences to Create Study Tools 82 Principle 12: Be Active 82 Principle 13: Take Control of Your Own Learning 83 Part III: The Toolbox 87 8. Goal Setting and Motivation 89 1. Why Is Goal Setting Important? 89 2. Goal Setting Basics 90 3. Goal Setting and Studying 93 9. Time Management 97 1. Controlling Your Study Time — It’s Simple! 97 2. Setting Priorities 98 3. Dealing with Procrastination 98 4. Doing It Right the First Time 100 5. Making Schedules 101 6. Using To-Do Lists 103 7. Using Calendars 103 8. Use a Schedule Format That Works for You 105 9. Implementing the Principle of Divide and Conquer 107 10. Using Fractions of Time 107 11. Being Aware of Your Alertness Cycles 108 12. Using Lists 109 13. Squandered Time versus Valid “Down Time” 110 viii Study smarter, not harder 10. Information Source 1: Study Reading 111 1. Different Kinds of Reading 111 2. The Purpose of Study Reading 112 3. What About Speed-Reading? 112 4. Reading Methods or Systems 113 5. Principles for Getting the Most from Your Study Reading 113 11. Information Source 2: Class Lectures 123 1. Before Class 124 2. During Class 125 3. After Class 128 4. Learning from Audio and Video 131 12. Study Tools 135 1. Basic Tools: The Essentials 135 2. Power Tools 137 13. Examinations 147 1. Examination Preparation 147 2. Writing the Exam: Tips for Success 154 14. Essays 161 1. What Is an Essay? 161 2. Three Secrets to Success with Essays 162 3. Stages of Essay Construction 163 4. What Does an Ideal Essay Look Like? 167 15. Success: How to Keep It Going Once You Get It 171 1. Don’t Be Content With “Good Enough” 171 2. Make a Commitment to Something Better 172 3. Don’t Stay in One Place 173 4. Enjoy the Journey 173 Contents ix 5. Kaizen, Consistency, and Passion 173 6. Keep Going 174 Part IV: Specialty Tools 175 16. Top Tips List 177 17. Myth Busters: 7 Common Myths That Can Destroy Your Success 185 Myth 1: I Study Better with Music on 185 Myth 2: Speed-Reading Courses Will Improve My Grades 186 Myth 3: It’s Okay to Leave It to the Last Minute — I Work Better under Pressure 187 Myth 4: Women Think Differently Than Men, Therefore They Need Different Study Skills 188 Myth 5: I Don’t Need to Take Notes in Class — I Remember Better If I Just Listen 188 Myth 6: I Don’t Need to Take Notes While Reading — Highlighting and Underlining Are Good Enough 189 Myth 7: Cheating Isn’t a Big Deal — Everybody Does it 190 18. 10-Day Quick Start Program to Supercharge Your Studying and Keep It Supercharged 191 1. How Badly Do You Want to Change? 191 2. The 10-Day Quick Start Program 193 19. 5-Day Emergency Cramming Guide 199 1. How Bad Is the Situation? 199 2. Basic Principles for Effective Cramming 200 3. Sample 5-Day Plan 201 INDEX 207 EXERCISES 1. Natural breathing technique 39 2. Muscle relaxation 42 x Study smarter, not harder 3. Visualization techniques 44 4. Preparation sequences 51 5. Goal setting 197 FIGURES 1. Short-term memory transfer 55 2. Ebbinghaus curve 56 3. Remembering graph 57 4. Remembering curve A 58 5. Remembering curve B 58 6. The impact of review 65 SAMPLES 1. Class and study schedule 104 2. Calendar of important dates 106 3. Flash cards 138 4. Mind maps 143

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