Monthly Archive for August, 2008

How To Write Down And Remember Everything Your Teacher Says

Are you tired of constantly taking notes and still not remembering everything your teacher says?

If so, you’ll be happy to know I’ve put together some informative techniques for you.  Once you start using these methods, remembering will become much easier for those difficult tests ahead.

Ready?

Successful Study Skill #1: Use Coloured Pens and Pencils

Take out some of your notes right now.  What is the same throughout all of them?

I bet it’s he pen or pencil colour.  When something is one dimensional like this on an entire page, it’s hard to remove segments from each page.  Instead, try using coloured pens and pencils to take your notes.

Remember, make this a routine and positive results will soon follow. How soon?

Within HOURS. You’ll start to KNOW and FEEL like you can remember more, but NOTHING happens unless you give it a go.

The more visual cues you can create, the easier it will be to recall information later.  The use of colours is the simplest way to improve memory recall.  As you begin experimenting with different colours, you may notice that some colours work better than others.  You may even prefer to use some colours for specific uses.

I like to write the body of my text in a colour other than blue, usually black, with non-black highlights.  I always correct it in red if necessary.  This is due to the extreme contrast that black and red represent to one another.  You’ll end up being able to find it much easier on your pages cluttered with notes.

Sometimes, when I am studying something I find boring, I will write the notes in purple or green so it stands out in my mind – when I am trying to recall THAT topic, I can think in purple or green instead of trying to ‘find it’ amongst the blue and black.

Successful Study Skill #2: Underline and Accentuate Important Items

This is very important when taking notes.  Be creative and explore different variations.  Multi-stroke, underlining, boxes, circles, and shadows are effective in drawing attention to increasingly important items or definitions.  Just be sure not to overdue it or this technique will become ineffective.

You’ll know when you get to the right proportion of highlighting.

You’ll also know if it’s better for you to capture the notes FIRST and then come back to HIGHLIGHT later. I find it helps to do it LATER if I have trouble remembering something. If I can easily remember, I won’t highlight it. This is especially the case the NIGHT BEFORE THE EXAM. That REALLY helps if the highlights weren’t there previously.

Successful Study Skill #3: Draw Figures, Charts, and Graphs

Sometimes things just can’t be communicated clearly only using words.  Relationships, timelines, causality and exchanges are difficult to explain in writing.  However, they are easy to illustrate even for the artistically challenged like me!

These diagrams should include colours and other graphical representations such as bullets, arrows, shading and text of different colours. Doodles work just as well – the KEY is to jog your MEMORY – not win a drawing contest.

Don’t forget that NO ONE ever sees your notes, only you do!

Successful Study Skill #4: Use Large Paper

I use large paper that is a little smaller than A3 or 11″x17″.  Ideally buy old-fashioned printer in continuous forms that are sold in boxes of 5,000 sheets that cost around $25-$30.  It’s a great investment considering it’ll last you several years!

I like the continuous nature of computer paper because I can “open it up” and get big diagrams on one sheet that can be easily folded and reviewed at the last minute, just before an exam.

There are one or two different things I do with these large sheets.  Either I get all the main points of a course on one sheet or I section each page into a subject, topic or idea.  It really just depends on the course that I am taking.

Regardless, they are both great ways to CAPTURE the proper information you need in a VISUAL FORMAT that is easier to REMEMBER.

For instance, I recently took a course where each lecture was reduced to one entire page.  It consolidated 17 textbook chapters and 30 academic articles.  The point is, it’s a lot easier to review 15 pages as opposed to over 500 in a textbook.  What would normally take several hours of searching is now formatted for easy access within minutes.

Seriously though, creating these pages is “fun” for me.  I know that when I am doing an exercise, it is all being stored in my memory banks.

When you try it you’ll feel your level of confidence build so that you’ll have a greater sense of control.  In the end it’s important to see the “big picture” as a visual cue.  In my book, “Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort“,I explain how you can make this process even more powerful using your auditory and kinesthetic senses for ABSOLUTE RECALL!

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

P.S.

Please post a comment and I will respond to you to make sure you are developing study skills by revealing tips on how to study that will help you learn how to study for exams and tests so can possess better study skills and how to study smarter.

If you want the best study skills, you just need to post a comment and I will address YOUR particular issue to make sure You Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort!

Consider it a PERSONAL 1:1 CONSULTATION!

Study SMARTER and LESS rather than HARDER to get the BEST GRADES

Today’s post is courtesy of Jennifer F. who asked the following two questions via e-mail.

How long does the system take to complete? Can I share it to other computers in my home once I get it?
Thank you. Jennifer F.

Question #1: How long does the system take to complete?

Get the BEST GRADES With The LEAST Amount Of EFFORT” is a SYSTEM that starts with an e-book that takes most people less than 1 hour to read. The tips, techniques and tools revealed are so easy to implement that a fifth grader could put them into practice IMMEDIATELY.

The SYSTEM is structured for each person to OPTIMISE their own study patterns which means every person will find his/her own solutions EFFORTLESSLY, and each one will be DIFFERENT. What Jennifer does to increase her grades will NOT work for Janet or Jack.

That is the beauty of the SYSTEM – you will find what works BEST FOR YOU, even as quickly as while you read the book.

But to answer Jennifer’s excellent question – the SYSTEM takes only minutes of attention to PLAN, TRACK and MONITOR what you’re currently doing. Within the first week of using just a handful of the strategies, you’ll start to see IMMEDIATE results.

Many people get results BEFORE they even finish reading the book BECAUSE they do the exercises.

In fact, when you buy the book, you’ll have access to BONUS materials and techniques for SPEED LEARNING and SPEED READING that will further enhance your results.

If you have a test or exam coming up and you apply just 2 or 3 strategies in the book, you’ll see INSTANT results on that exam. You’ll be able to REMEMBER more and UNDERSTAND more than you did before you started the SYSTEM.

That being said, this is a SYSTEM that you can fine tune over and over again. Most people want to get BETTER grades and are willing to spend MORE TIME to get them, and THEN start to reduce their time spent studying. That totally makes sense to me – GET THE RESULTS NOW and then reduce the cost/investment to get the SAME and better rewards AFTER you’ve figured out what works and what doesn’t.

So the answer to Jennifer’s first question is that it takes about an hour to read the e-book and then only minutes to apply the strategies SYSTEMATICALLY one at a time – as your courses and semester develops.

If you are a good note taker, you might want to focus on EXAMS, QUIZZES and TESTS.

If you you’re good at EXAMS, you might want to REDUCE the time it takes to MEMORISE and LEARN stuff the first time…

Whatever it is that you need to focus on, it takes MINUTES for you to implement the strategies and they will start to save you time within the first week – GUARANTEED.

Jennifer’s second question is also very good—

Question #2: Can I share it to other computers in my home once I get it?

The “Get the BEST GRADES With The LEAST Amount Of EFFORT” System STARTS with an e-book that is a PDF file that is sent to you IMMEDIATELY when you place your order and you can open and read on any computer and share with family members. Because this is my intellectual property, it’s not to be given to others freely. That is stealing and when you do that, the Universe has a way of punishing that kind of behaviour… I talk about harnessing the unlimited power of the universe in the book and in subsequent elements of the SYSTEM.

The SYSTEM is comprised of BONUSES and additional components that you will receive access to automatically.

Each one is designed to ensure that you KEEP improving your grades. Some are focused on SPEED LEARNING while others on SPEED READING.

These are all delivered electronically and can be accessed on any computer regardless if you’re at home, school or work.

There you go, two GREAT QUESTIONS.

Onward and upward!
Marc

P.S.
Get the BEST GRADES With The LEAST Amount Of EFFORT” starts with buying the e-Book. NOTHING will change unless you take action.

This SYSTEM is GUARANTEED to work – No one who has read the book and applied the strategies has failed – NO ONE.

All you need to do is trust the process, invest this small amount and see what happens. I personally GUARANTEE you can BET BETTER GRADES plus I know you can do it with less effort.

Without diverting into a speed reading discussion, imagine if you could read 2 or 3 times faster – which I teach in one of the SYSTEM COMPONENTS…

I am sure you’d agree it’s LESS effort to read 3 hours of material in 1 hour…

I can teach you to do that, but won’t unless you buy the first component of my SYSTEM – “Get the BEST GRADES With The LEAST Amount Of EFFORT” It’s about the price of a Music CD with a FULL MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE.

If it’s not worth it to you to get better grades THIS SEMESTER, then don’t worry about it. Keep doing what you’re doing and don’t worry about the fact that you could go to bed earlier, be less stressed and get better looking dates as your grades improve AND you have more time to socialise, have fun and party WITHOUT compromising your grades.