All my students should watch this. Dr. Stephen Chew is a cognitive psychologist who translates what we know about how people learn, into clear, useful information for students to help them study better. Note that this is the third presentation in a 5-part series so be sure to watch them all, and watch them more than once.
I think the key message about studying/learning is that there are certain ways to think while you’re learning new information to help you remember and understand better:
- elaboration (make meaningful connections between the concept you are studying, and related concepts)
- distinctions (think about what is different between the concept you are studying and other concepts)
- personal (relate the concepts to your own experiences)
- practice appropriate retrieval and application of concepts (ask yourself “how will I use this?”)
Note that Dr. Chew specifically mentions that learning effective college-level study skills is not easy! It takes time and it takes effortful practice. But it’s worth it.