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 fourth presentation in a 5-part series so be sure to watch them all, and watch them more than once.
In this presentation, Dr. Chew explains that good study strategies help you learn information at a deep level, focusing on understanding and using concepts, rather than memorizing them. Some strategies for achieving deep processing are:
- question generation (after reading new material, think about questions you have about it, for example questions related to elaboration, differences, etc. (see presentation #3)
- create a concept map
- practice using and retrieving information in ways that your instructor will expect you to do
- use effective note-taking, highlighting and group study strategies (there are very useful tips in the video)