Monthly Archive for October, 2013

Western Australia links to howtostudy site

See how far this site reaches!  A school in Bunbury, Australia (100 miles south of Perth) has added a link from their school web site to how to study. Good news travels far!

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Award Winning Textbook Reading Brochure

How to read a history textbook – with creative visual memory strategies built in thanks to Jake Oie, from St. John’s University in Minnesota.



Get the R2D2 technique on the link below.



Getting bored reading your textbook? Try this technique!

Here’s a personalized reading strategy developed by Megan Hoisington from the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota.

Pause Review Note Strategy

Innovative Textbook Reading Strategy

Nicole Kelly from St. Benedict’s College in Minnesota created this study reading strategy and this brochure. Looks much more innovative than SQ3R and easier to do.  Helps synthesize textbook material for long term  memory. Try it out.

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An Eye-Opener

I found the contrast between an average lecturer speaking over 125 words per minute and an average note-taker only being able to write about 25 words per minute to be very revealing, and it encouraged me to definitely work on note-taking selectivity. Being given examples of how to reduce notes by using abbreviations and short-hand was helpful. One could easily adapt the shorthand commonly used in text messaging for use in note-taking.
–Ginny M.
College Junior
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

Tutor comments on Top 10 excuses for not doing Math homework

One of the most important sources I have read about how to study math has to be the article titled “Top 10 excuses students don’t do math homework”. It was mentioned that students make excuses to avoid homework in the subject of math. For example, students want to have fun, or students couldn’t find where the homework paper is, etc.

What I found helpful in this article however, are these three excuses talked about, which is similar to my life experience and made me realize that I am not the only one. First of all, students could not find out the correct way to do it. I always have problems like these. Sometimes when I was trying to do a certain problem, and I realized that it is too hard and I am not sure if i can do it correctly, so instead of doing it immediately, I did it like a week later right before the due date, which messed up my grade on that assignment.

Also, people try to take a rest. When they are taking the rest, they feel like they don’t want to come back for the homework, since math problems tend to be hard and in need of lots of thinking process. For example, one of my tutees told me when I was tutoring math that, it is not that he doesn’t want to finish the homework. Instead, it is the fact that he got lazy right after he decided to take a break.

One more thing that’s helpful in this article is that people decide to procrastinate when they could not find the homework assignment. This has happened to me before. Once I was trying to do my math problem for extra credit, but I couldn’t find the website my professor provided for us students. Consequently, I didn’t do the extra credit. This has also happened to one of my tutees for math, who didn’t even do his daily homework simply because he forgot the assignment paper in the classroom, and he didn’t even think about going back and getting it.

So yes, this website is helpful, and indeed I have gained knowledge and insight, both for me and my tutees.

–Tutor, Sierra College, Rocklin, California

Tutor contributes tips on how to study a foreign language

DiscussionFirst of all, it’s important to speak foreign language as much as possible. We should encourage tutees to speak and to read aloud. When speaking, we shouldn’t be concerned on speed of speech; much more important is accuracy of speech. I know from my own experience: it’s better to correct mispronouncing as soon as possible.

While reading, focus on meaning of whole sentence and understand a structure of English sentences. The structures of sentences in different languages are so distinct that translating sentence word by word often doesn’t work.

Always read passages without translation first time, in order to get feel of language. I know from my experience how important is to feel the language. Because sometimes I can’t even explain why I write sentence one way or another, I just feel which way is correct.

It’s good idea to put all unknown words and phrases on flashcards and go through them daily; while learning new words, use them in sentence of your own.

–Dimitri, Sierra College, Rocklin, California

Math Myths comments


I found the math myth article helpful because people tend to take a lot of these myths as fact, which tends to hinder a person’s success. I believe that the genius myth, which is the myth that says that people who are good at math are geniuses, is definitely not true. Being a math student myself, I tend to understand the material and can go through a math course with good grades, but I do not consider myself to be a genius.

There is also the myth that states that using any tool for math, such as a computer or your fingers, is basically not allowed ever. While there are times where some professors will not allow the use of some tools, it is not going to happen all of the time.

Lastly, there is the myth that men are better at math than women. I think that women are told that men are supposed to be better at math, so then I believe women don’t try as hard, which hinders their success. As a student and a tutor, I believe that these myths are good to be known as myth, so that people won’t be held back by believing these to be fact.

–High School Sophomore, Rocklin, California