Study Skills

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1. Mind Maps

Tony Buzan the inventor of Mind Mapping says that a Mind Map is a a great way to unlock the potential of the brain by harnessing the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness – in a single, uniquely powerful manner.

A Mind Map is a diagram that can be used for mapping out tasks, study plans, assignments by turning a long list of things into a colourful, memborable and highly organised diagram.  It can be used to improve learning and achieve clearer thinking patterns.

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Lecture Notes

A Mind Map is a great way to plan your study and write up your course notes. .

2. Six Thinking Hats

Edward de Bono invented the 6 Thinking Hats method, as a systematic way of thinking by separating thinking into six distinct categories.  This method is easy to use and can be applied immediately.

The six distinct categories are:

  • Managing Blue – what is the subject? what are we thinking about? what is the goal? Can look at the big picture.
  • Information White – considering purely what information is available, what are the facts?
  • Emotions Red – intuitive or instinctive gut reactions or statements of emotional feeling (but not any justification)
  • Discernment Black – logic applied to identifying reasons to be cautious and conservative. Practical, realistic.
  • Optimistic response Yellow – logic applied to identifying benefits, seeking harmony. Sees the brighter, sunny side of situations.
  • Creativity Green – statements of provocation and investigation, seeing where a thought goes. Thinks creatively, outside the box.

Jennifer Goddard - Radiant Thinking

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Lecture Notes

Our friends Bill Jarrard and Jennifer Goddard over at Mindwerx always show the green hat upside down, because as they say, this is where you collect all of your ideas.

3. Speed Reading

If you feel overwhelmed by the volume of reading that you are required to do for study or work, then learning how to speed read can improve your study skills and save time. There are three types of reading and the speed at which you read depends on the reading type you currently use.

The three reading types are:

  1. Mental reading: sounding out each word internally, as reading to yourself. This is the slowest form of reading.
  2. Auditory reading: hearing out the read words. This is a faster process.
  3. Visual reading: understanding the meaning of the word, rather than sounding or hearing. This is the fastest process.

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Lecture Notes

Jennifer Goddard believes that reading with purpose and speed strategically improves study skills and increases your ability to absorb vital information fast, comprehend it better, and recall it when you need it..

4.  Managing Information Overload

We are all constantly juggling the amount of information we receive each day. With information coming at us from work, home, study and entertainment, we need strategies to manage the information overload. You can apply the strategies and skills learned in the three effective learning skills courses you have already completed to manage information overload.

Three methods to manage information overload are:

  1. Read strategically
  2. Mind Map your projects before doing the detailed planning
  3. Make meetings matter

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Lecture Notes

Our friend Bill Jarrard over at Mindwerx International says that having well developed skills such as speed reading, mind mapping and meeting management, allows you to focus your information gathering efforts, so you can then capture, organise, adapt, retain, recall and apply the information you manage so you can achieve your goals faster and with less stress.