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Your study technique toolbox Getting off to a good start
Where we left off... Danish academic culture is based on the individual, critical response Knowledge (not information) and analysis Your ablity to reflect on what you have learnt Sharing/discussing your thoughts with others Communicating your ideas CLEARLY
Check: Course requirements Course plan Type of exam and date Reading load: primary/secondary literature
Work out a study plan Long-term plan (overview of tasks month/term) Short-term plan (timetable for a week/day) Include extra-curricular activities Prioritise your tasks (ex. colour code) Set deadlines (be realistic!)
Reading techniques Suit your technique to the status of the text
Before choosing your reading technique, you need to define text type? aim of text? relevance of text
Select your reading technique Overview reading Skimming Selective reading Normal reading Intensive reading....or a combination
Overview reading (library reading) Purpose: to familiarise yourself with various types of text How? Read abstract or back cover Check list of contents Quick scan through text Perhaps read parts of introduction and conclusion
Skimming Purpose: To get a general idea of the texts content How? Quick scan through text General notes when youve finished
Selective reading Purpose: Find specific information/explanation which you need to use How? Read with a particular issue in focus Take notes to the specific topic
Normal reading Purpose: understand the entire argument of the text How? Read entire text Take notes as you read Summarise the texts argument
Intensive reading Purpose: Know the text in detail How? Read text cover-to-cover Take notes as you read Final notes (progression of argument + your response)
The SQ3R reading method Survey: Skim the text through before taking notes Question: Whats this about/what do I already know Read: Read thoroughly and take notes Recite: Summarise the main points (orally/in writing) Review: Go over notes regularly
The ultimate reading test Put the texts argument into your own words. If you cant, youve not understood the text!
Exercise - lecture notes Listen to the extract from part I of Anthony Giddens lecture series, Runaway World - on Globalisation Select your note-taking technique Take notes while listening Compare notes in pairs - discuss pros/cons
Ex. lecture notes (Giddens) Intro. anecdote => impact of glob. globalisation (term) - over past 10 years - meaning not clear - great debate => Two camps A. Sceptics –Status quo - economy not different - regional exchange, not global (ex. trading blocs, EU, NA, Asia) => the old left (free market agitators) B. Radicals –Global market highly dev. ( % nation states - a fiction) Giddens: Radicals are right! World trade, services, finance - new electronic global economy BUT:glob is political, technological, and cultural as well as economic
What to do with class notes? Fair copy of your notes when you get home - use headlines - summarise/put into your own words - classify topics into seperate files Recap: read over your lesson notes before the next seminar/lecture Questions? Clarify issues asap with colleagues/lecturer
Reading notes An unmarked text is an unread text
Reading notes Use the margins (content notes and your own comments) Highlight the text (colour coding/post-it notes) Use note-taking techniques (cp. class notes) Synthesize your reading notes Devise a logical filing system
Exercise - reading notes Read through the text on the hand-out (Giddens/globalisation excerpt) Select a new note taking techique and use it for your reading notes. 10 min.
Checklist for text summaries (synthesis) Topic? Issues addressed (synopsis)? Argument? Methods used (and why)? Conclusions (and why)? Your response
Exercise - mindmap your thoughts Draw a mindmap of your associations to any of the following topics: Disaster management Networking Improving public health in the third world First impressions of Denmark
Your sessions Lectures Student presentations Class discussions Group work/discussions Active participation from you is expected!
Active participation Take the floor early on - get use to speaking in class Contribute to discussions Ask questions Listen to your colleagues - share your thoughts Make sure your contribution is relevant and constructive
Studying is work in progress... and study techniques only get better through constant practice