Björn Liljeqvist, author and chairman of Mensa, describes how to handle thick textbooks, have enough study time, improve memory and stop postponing.
Filmed lectures in study techniques
What are study skills? How do you learn more in a given time? This series on study skills starts with an overview. We talk about different types of knowledge, reading skills, how to build good study habits and use our time efficiently.
Before: Overview, preview, planning.
During: Active learning, to acquire new knowledge by making your own version of it.
After: Repetition and reflection, to make sure you retain what you learn. Most study techniques belong in one of these three groups.
Reading academic literature isn't like reading fiction. We need to read course books in several steps or stages. We start by familiarising ourselves, then we go into the details and learn the relevant information.
Study skills is not just about learning, it's also about studying regularly without putting things off for tomorrow. What techniques can we use to build regular habits and avoid procrastination?
To study mathematics or technical courses is a bit different since a lot of the knowledge is about applied problem solving, in addition to theoretical understanding. This is a practical skill, which we have to approach in the right way.
Memory is not a fixed quantity. We can improve our memory power by using well known strategies. Clever association techniques combined with good repetition strategies makes all the difference.