Being smart helps. Working hard
helps more. But working effectively helps most of all.
There's a great deal that research can
now tell us about how to study effectively. For 20 years, I've been reporting on
research into memory and learning, and explaining how these findings can be
translated into practical advice. In earlier books, I have presented a lot of
detail on strategies in specific areas: note-taking, mnemonics, practice and
revision. In this guide, I attempt to provide an overview of how to approach
your learning, and the strategies you should consider using.
The book covers:
- preparing for learning
- approaching a text
- taking notes
- building understanding
- navigating non-linear
- dealing with lectures
- building expertise in skills
- how specific subjects differ in
their needs & demands.
The book can be used as an adjunct
and quick reference for those who have the more in-depth workbooks, or as a
simplified guide for those who want the bottom-line without the detail.
This is not a book for students who want a magic bullet, who want a
five-minute 'answer' to effortless study! But for students who want to know that
their time and effort are being used wisely, that their diligence will be
rewarded with better marks and more long-lasting learning, this guide may be the
answer they've long been looking for.
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About the Author
Fiona McPherson has a PhD in cognitive psychology. For many years she has followed
the research into how the human brain thinks and learns and remembers, and
communicated that knowledge
and its practical implications to a lay audience. She has done this through her
long-running websites (memory-key.com and mempowered.com), and her
books. Her guiding principle is that people are more likely to use effective
strategies if they understand how and why they work, and know precisely when and
when not to use them. She has a particular interest in study skills and language