HOW TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL STUDENT ...........
|How to become a successful student|
How to Read more effectively and understand the topic you are studying
- Decide what you want to read, e.g. one chapter.
- Read for not more than 45–60 minutes, but make notes: summarize what you read in your own words.
- Stop and take a short break.
- Start the process again, and keep this going over a predetermined period.
Bellow are the four general guide to becoming a SUCCESSFUL STUDENT.
To remember the rules simply think of the word CORE; it stands for:-
C - Collect
O - Organize
R - Rehearse
E - Evaluate
- Collect: In every single moment, we’re constantly collecting perceptions through our five senses. Without conscious effort, the brain takes in a multitude of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and physical sensations. Most perceptions disappear within moments. Some however, such as our first language, stick for a lifetime. Thus, much of what we learn in life we do without intention. In school, however, learning needs to be more conscious. That’s because teachers expect you to learn specific information and skills. They also want you to demonstrate that knowledge on questions, tests, exams, term papers, and other forms of evaluation. In school, two of the most important ways you’ll collect information and skills are through reading textbooks and attending classes.
- Collecting information through making notes; Remember there is a difference between taking notes and making notes, it is generally not useful to write down exactly what is contained in a text or to transcribe word for word what a teacher or lecturer says. This way of taking notes is a pretty passive activity and involves parroting what other people have written or said. A better strategy/orientation is to commit to ‘making notes’ – which is an active way of selecting, condensing, highlighting, structuring or paraphrasing the ideas and statements of other people.
- Organize: Once we have collected information, we need to make sense of it. When learning in everyday life, we tend to organize collected information in unconscious ways. We don’t even realize that we’re doing it. However, in school, you need to organize information systematically so it makes sense to you. In fact, making meaning from collected information is one of the most important outcomes of studying.
- Rehearse: Once we collect and organize our target knowledge, we need to remember it for future use. Rehearsing strengthens our memory and makes learning stick. When you solve five challenging math problems, you’re rehearsing. Over time, the process of solving becomes easier and more natural.
- Evaluate: Life is great at giving us informal feedback about the quality of our learning.In schools, however, we are provided with more formal feedback; like weekly tests, term papers, quizzes, lab reports, essays, classroom questions, and final exams. Evaluation, both informal and formal, is an essential component of all learning because without feedback, we could never be sure if our learning is accurate or complete.
- Note:- Learning doesn’t occur on a straight line or on step-by-step basis. At any moment while learning, you may need to jump to a different parts in the CORE system. For example, while Rehearsing, you might realize that some information doesn’t make sense to you, so you Organize it in a different way. At times you may engage two or more components simultaneously. For instance, when Rehearsing study materials, you’re probably Evaluating your mastery of that knowledge at the same time. Thus, you can expect to use the four components of the CORE Learning System in any order and in any combination.