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What's your best study tip?

  • 23 October 2018
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I like to use pomodoro technique (I work for 50 minutes and the take 10 min break).
I like to walk and do little exercises in my 10 min break since it get my blood pumping equivalent to better retention.
I also make sure to reflect on what I studied before moving further on.
I prefer color coded handwritten notes(using Cornell method (except I remove Summary section since it is no use for Computer Science Graduate))
Whenever I have exams, Five days before each finals, I prepare study timetable making sure i have enough time to rest.
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Use the Feynman learning technique:

1. Pick a topic you want to understand and start studying it. Write down everything you know about the topic on a notebook page, and add to that page every time you learn something new about it.
2. Pretend to teach your topic to a classroom. Make sure you're able to explain the topic in simple terms.
3. Go back to the books when you get stuck. The gaps in your knowledge should be obvious. Revisit problem areas until you can explain the topic fully.
4. Simplify and use analogies. Repeat the process while simplifying your language and connecting facts with analogies to help strengthen your understanding.

And more specifically for online learning or any learning done outside of an in person course I would say the most important thing is organisation. Give yourself an achievable schedule and put notes in your calendar to block out time, so that you actually stick to it. Also if you are learning about a topic but you don't have any projects coming up where you will implement that knowledge then give yourself a project. If you have a reason to learn then you will be much more motivated.

I use the teaching method
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@Hardi Rathod That's good, sometimes a 10 minute break thinking about something else is all you need for inspiration to strike!
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@Liz yup
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Follow these study tips to succeed with your online course.

If you try to follow each of these online study tips, you will develop fantastic habits over time. And, as well as the master study technique, you can almost be guaranteed to succeed with any online lesson you are interested in.

The following tips come from an online course where we asked academics and students to gain success in online lessons. From Online Study Australia

Be inspired
An attempt to continue studying the week after week is the way you promote lessons. The ultimate goal is what gives you energy and determination. Be inspired by what you will achieve and success will inevitably follow.

Be a professional
Why do you have discussions in your mind about when you are going to study? You will soon come with excuses not. Treat the study as a job - be a professional - and put the required hours for sure.

Create a schedule
When will you find time to study electronically every week? Create a weekly schedule and the answer will be in front of you. The program must balance the study with everything else. Remember, proper study can be time-consuming.

Time of micro-management
Find yourself wasting minutes or even hours on social media? Did you do all the rest this week except to finish the big assignment? Stop it. Manage your time carefully. Set goals for each day and every hour in the day.

Block study
Real progress is made when you lose your online program and you do not think of anything else. Deep dipping, full attention, acquiring knowledge. Achieving a good learning status lasts more than 5 minutes. Set it at least one hour at a time.

Find a quiet place
It can be fun to study in the lounge when everyone is watching TV. But are you actually studying effectively? To focus properly on your subject, find a normal space and time where you can expect peace, quietness and loneliness.

Use resources online
Online universities and colleges give you the tool for the success of the study. Why not use them? Take some time to understand exactly how to navigate the different parts of the web interface. See which resources are available.

Dissolution of work
Trying to absorb everything at the same time can lead to confusion and senseless progress. Instead, you can break your e-course into bite size pieces. Focus on a small subject and let it go before you go.

Turn your mind on
Real learning requires spiritual commitment. You do not achieve this through passive reading or indifferent points. Find ways to maintain mental participation throughout the program (eg, try your understanding after each chapter).

Keep notes
With all the contents of the lesson you've downloaded online, you've recorded them all digitally. But it is still important to keep notes. Writing something below keeps you active, helps in retention and will be useful for exams or missions.

Browse with purpose
Much of your research and learning is done over the internet. To keep focus and create your own content, use flash cards or underlying worksheets. When you find something useful on a topic, record it and note the source.

Have fun
You are much more likely to put on hard times by studying whether you enjoy it in general. If coffee helps or a little light music, go for it. Learning has to be a rewarding activity in itself. Study on personal enrichment as well as on the transition to online lessons.

I make breaks
To study effectively and steadily, take the habit of taking regular short breaks (5-10 minutes). Fast times keep you fresh and allow you to spend more hours. Walking in the dog or arranging may be preferable to frequent snack breaks.

Stay healthy
Being careful about your health is good for your studies and good for you in general. Sleep is vital. Hydration is essential when you consume caffeine. The food gives you energy. Exercise makes you stronger and easier to use.

Sign in to peers
The success of online courses often depends on peer-to-peer communication. You can use each other for learning, motivation and support. Sign in, engage in online discussions, and make postings. You can also create a study group.

Ask questions
Good students understand how their online course works. They also achieve a steady perception of each subject. These things do not happen just by chance. If you ever struggle to understand something on your own, just ask a question online.

Fighting deadlines
There is no urgent time to motivate. The problem is that they leave everything up to the last minute you notice. If something goes wrong, a job can be low quality or slow. Allow time for good work and review.

Resist yourself
Solid-time placement of self-directed learning is an achievement. Trying for a qualification and a better career means something. So celebrate your online study milestones and successes. You have earned a reward for discipline and effort.

(Edited by @Laura to add a link to the article shared here.)
@Ts. Evaggelos, which of these have you found most helpful to you and why? Thanks.
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@Ts. Evaggelos, which of these have you found most helpful to you and why? Thanks.

For me personally the most important things that make me think that the future of education and certainly for many people to become much more effective in eLearning is the appetite for learning about something you love and want to be better and acquire knowledge about the professional your career or your research study that you have definitely chosen to do this, many universities will have the opportunity to deliver such courses freely and free of charge to enable them of the actual integrated education to each candidate without preconditions and justifications but by assessing knowledge of suspicions and without evaluating English language competence we live in a time when the potential and to someone who does not know good English can be accessed for the one who wants to succeed so that real learning to create a spiritual commitment. surely all this can not be done without peer-to-peer communication and creating study groups.

Personally, although I have a degree in Electrical Engineering Technician with my demo at Cursor, I am trying to extend my knowledge in the environmental field of Environmental Science and Sustainability in conjunction with Renewable Energy but it is not that possible at an integrated level due to access to a free program in a university program in conjunction with the cursor or other volunteer electronics course, I'm definitely talking about a student without a degree.😀😀
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Use the Feynman learning technique:

2. Pretend to teach your topic to a classroom.

I always do this... when I something is hard to remember.
Write down all the important points in the form of a map because visual memory is long lasting. Don't make a particular time to study because life is dynamic may be later you have to change your time for any particular activity and it's worst to change a habit that is acquired in a long time.
Coursera has some hiccups with access to support sometimes (like with Quicklabs) but eventually you either get help or can bypass portions. A tip I would give everyone is to cut and paste onto word documents material that you think may be on quizes or tests.