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Perception is Yesterday's Reality
# 47 Studying
The following are suggestions of techniques I used in under graduate and graduate school. You may want to try them and see how well they work for you.
As far as I am concerned, there are only two grades you can earn in University, an A or a B. If you study the correct way, you will almost always wind up with an A. Putting in good effort usually results in a B, which is average. With anything less than a B you might as well stamp a Don't Hire Me on your transcripts, in red ink. How long do you study for a test? As long as it takes, until you know the material completely, The longest I ever studied for a test was in a Special Education course in Secondary Education. As usual, there were only two assignments, a written paper and a test. I got a 95 on the written assignment because I forgot to mention the lowest reading level a student has to achieve in order to be successful in life is fourth grade. This is the reading level of The New York Times. The test was another matter. This was a five-day summer class taught by the head of the Special Education department. Most instructors just pile on information and you regurgitate it back for the test.
This instructor gave a lot of statistics and told many stories of his being a special education teacher. He said he always kept a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter in his room because students come to school hungry and you can't teach children when their bellies hurt from hunger. He took the two worst behaved students aside and told them he would give them $5.00 each Friday if they behaved for the week. He said to keep a very low profile on that one. He spoke with mainstreamed student's teachers about improving his student's grades, as in changing them. He adjusted students workload specifically. In addition to his stories, (None of the stories I mentioned were on the test.) The book was 300 pages and he just said the written test was the contents of the book, plus class notes. I studied 50 hours, not all at once, for this test. Since I did not know what was on the test, I had to study everything until I positively knew it all. My score was 100.
Many people use highlighters to mark information. I always thought a book was ruined when it was written in, so my books were always clean. I had a college friend who recopied her notes into another notebook and said that was how she studied. She rarely got A's. This is the way to study a lengthy book when time is limited. Read all chapter headings and the first sentence of each paragraph, because this tells you what the paragraph will be about. Read the last sentence of the paragraph because this repeats what was in the paragraph. Ignore the paragraph. Memorize all dates and statistics as well as any writing under pictures. After you have gone through a few pages close your eyes and say to yourself everything you can remember.
That is it. My magic. Also, go to class early and sit front row center. Force yourself to listen and memorize everything the professor says. Review your class notes and all notes written down after class. Happy Studying!