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From David Brake:

A few useful tips that I was just given by a prof specialising in study tips (probably most relevant for social science):

1) When starting out in a topic, make a "dictionary" of concepts and the writers and their main ideas. And how they are grouped into different schools. Keep an eye out for different definitions of the same word.

2) When faced with a stack of reading, understand the purpose of your reading before you start. and rather than going from front to back look for the particular concepts you are going to be studying. Brains don't like just soaking things up - they prefer detective work.

Let's see if I manage to follow his advice!

I might have recorded this somewhere else on WikiLearn, but someone observed something like "the mind works better as a treasure hunter than a vacuum cleaner". In other words, your mind works better when focused on a problem than when simply reading to suck up information.


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  • (rhk) Slashdot: Digital Game Based Learning; ; — interesting thread on teaching via games, with links to other pages including:
  • (rhk) LRNJ; ; - computer adventure game to learn Japanese
  • (rhk) The Robot Odyssey Resource; Updated 1/30/01; ; - game requires design of electronic chips to get out of a maze (IIUC)
  • (rhk) Physitron, Inc.; ; - Educational Software Development — goal "Develop prototype educational software for teaching Algebra I to at-risk and mainstream middle-school ..."
  • How Vienna Escaped the Cubicle: A Conversation with Vienna Teng, Part I; Bill Venners; Jun 9, 2003 — interesting article, one point — how her piano instructor tackled teaching her at 5 years old — this is a middle C, find more on the keyboard like it — she didn't learn reading music nearly as well — I think reading music could have been attacked with a similar approach (reminds me of the guy on the recent PBS funding campaigns and his approach to teaching piano
In this interview, you'll find out how Vienna Teng, a 24 year old Java programmer at Cisco, landed a record contract, quit her day job to pursue her passion in music, and before long ended up on the Dave Letterman show. ]]; ; ; —
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  • (rhk) SuperMemo; ; - a proprietary software package that seeks to help you memorize things by a carefully designed schedule of repetition -- haven't bought it or tried it, but could be interesting -- there would be a number of things to explore / consider. (They have a metric for memorization -- IIRC 300 items / year / min (i.e., for every minute per day invested in the system, you can learn 300 items per year.) Some other links:

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  • () RandyKramer - 27 Jan 2003
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