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post Jan 11 2020, 11:23 AM, updated 2w ago

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Don't really get how much you should study for a class.
And are there some habits that are VITAL that most students aren't aware of
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post Jan 13 2020, 09:16 AM

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Ask questions if you dont understand. Dont keep it to yourself. Later you will start to missing out.
post Jan 14 2020, 07:31 PM

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Some of my tips

1) Being in the moment (Mindfulness)

When listening to a lecture, are you really paying attention to what the lecturer is saying ? Is something distracting you in class ? Are you daydreaming in class ? Do you hate being in this class ?

Sometimes you may numb yourself with excessive note-taking during lectures, believing that the process of note taking will contribute to your memory, but often excess note-taking is equivalent to mental masturbation, you're not doing yourself any good, try to really get the points in your head, with note-taking as supplement to the information that's inside your brain.

This is one of the biggest part that seperates mediocre students from good students, the ability to truly focus on what they're learning today, coming up with questions for the topic, knowing what the topic is about & what the class will contribute to the topic.

2) Knowing the outcome

When you attend a lecture, e.g. one on Computer Science, what are you trying to get out of it ? Is it knowledge about a specific programming language ? Is it the history of the development of Computers ? Is it using computers to do work for you ?

You yourself have to understand what you wish to take away from the class, your lecturers & all the materials simply aid you in this process, you have to be clear about the topic you wish to understand & not just passively be fed all the information.

Before class, you could do some pre-reading, understanding what will be taught today and how it will matter to you. After class, you could do a reflection process, how did today's class change your worldview, your mindset, how did it affect your topic of interest ?

3) Being responsible for yourself

Everything that you have now is a result of what you have done before, knowing that you in the future will ultimately be influenced by your own actions & your own mindsets in the present.

Sometimes, you may say a lecturer is bad, but before you criticize them, have you tried understanding them ? Have you tried thinking from their perspective, perhaps they have insights that you don't ? It's often easy to blame others for your own mishaps and more often than not we stray away from blaming issues on ourselves.

Be honest with yourself, recognize your issues, develop empathy for other people, and don't think the world reflects around you.

post Jan 14 2020, 07:38 PM

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always seeing lect to ask about lecture..be a class leader..carry mark 58/60..rest 40% depend on your brain during exam
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post Jan 14 2020, 09:57 PM

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I would also like to add: do not be afraid of making mistakes. It's vital for learning.

Also, when it comes to giving presentations, don't ever memorise your scripts and spill it all out during the event. Try to enjoy the presentation - treat it as your stage and everyone else as an audience who's eager to hear what you've had to share. A lot of people make the mistake of being too nervous and being too afraid of screwing up, they end up memorising the script before hand and therefore presents a very mechanical speech. Don't do that - it gives a bad impression, shows lack of confidence, and most importantly it bores. Would you like a lecturer who just reads from the slides or speaks like robot? You won't.

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post Yesterday, 08:37 AM

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1. USE your lecturer/professor. They're there to help. Shoot them an email or set up a meeting etc.

2. If you have questions, ask!

3. Only take vital notes, don't just write down everything your lecturer says.

4. Manage your materials. Know what is expected of you for your assignments & finals. Don't just cram everything to end up forgetting it all.

5. Collaborate with classmates (if you study better in a group). You can book a study room to bounce ideas off each other, share notes, exchange study tips etc.

6. Take your own notes. Don't just print out slides from lectures and use them for finals.

7. Time management. Know your limit. Can you work under stress? Can you work last minute? How much can you do/cannot do?

8. Keep track of all your work (e.g. when are deadlines, how much have you completed?, what have you completed?). I find that it helps most when I have it written down. So keep like a journal/notebook or you can always use the notepad/sticky note in your laptop.
post Yesterday, 09:29 PM

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many here give good points but i will add 3 points that I think are the most important during my study:

1. Know all the shortcuts to getting high marks (how to cheat without getting caught, how to skip chapters without losing too much marks, where to find tips etc.)

2. Know how to score well (which chapters are more important, which areas in each chapter are more important, how many marks for each chapter)

3. Make sure you understand previous lectures well before the next lecture. Never walk into a lecture before understanding all previous lectures. Things will pile up easily and you will end up drifting the entire semester.


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