Your path for most effective learning is through knowing
- your capacity to learn
- the process you have successfully used in the past
- your interest in, and knowledge of, the subject you wish to learn
It may be easy for you to learn physics but difficult to learn tennis, or vice versa.
All learning, however, is a process which settles into certain steps.
These are four steps to learning.
Begin by printing this and answering the questions.
Then plan your strategy with your answers, and with other “Study Guides”
|Begin with the
|What was your experience about how you learn? Did you
What are your study habits? How did they evolve? Which worked best? worst?
How did you communicate what you learned best? Through a written test, a term paper, an interview?
|Proceed to the
|How interested am I in this?
How much time do I want to spend learning this?
What competes for my attention?Are the circumstances right for success?
What can I control, and what is outside my control?
Can I change these conditions for success?What affects my dedication to learning this?
Do I have a plan? Does my plan consider my past experience and learning style?
process,the subject matter
|What is the heading or title?
What are key words that jump out?
Do I understand them?What do I know about this already?
Do I know related subjects?What kinds of resources and information will help me?
Will I only rely on one source (for example, a textbook) for information?
Will I need to look for additional sources?
As I study, do I ask myself whether I understand?
Do I stop and summarize?
Do I just need time to think it over and return later?
|What did I do right?
What could I do better?
Did my plan coincide with how I work with my strengths and weaknesses?Did I choose the right conditions?
Did I follow through; was I disciplined with myself?Did I succeed?
Did I celebrate my success?