Learning SKILLS

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image24077174_weightlifting_Luis LouroStrengthen Your Basic Learning Skills

There are three major sections of the website.

The first section was  The Seven  Habits of Successful Students.  It was very short: only one page, but your habits can make a huge difference in how well you are able to learn.

This is the second major section  of the website. It covers 8 basic learning skills.

The third section of the website Mental Processing or Study Strategies. It includes 5 Verbal Strategies, 5 Visual Strategies, 5 Ways of Thinking, and 5 Ways of Memory.

If you check Breakthrough Learning for College Students, www.breakthroughlearningcollege.com   you’ll find more habits, the same skills, and twice as many Study strategies in each category.

Notice that the man in the picture isn’t lifting the usual sort of weight. He is lifting files representing knowledge.  A weightlifter always begins  with light weights and increases the weight as he builds his muscles. In the same way, a student should begin with easier reading, writing, or other skills , and then, to build study muscles, increase the difficulty a little at a time.

What are you doing to build this kind of mental muscle?

What are you doing to strengthen your basic learning skills?

The Six Areas of Basic Learning Skills + 2 for computer skills

Arrows point into head and out of head.

Information In – Information Out – leaving an Empty Head

The three Input Skills are Reading, Listening, and Note-taking plus Computer Input.The three Output Skills are Writing, Speaking and Test-taking plus Computer Output.

This website is about STUDY SKILLS. But, if you cannot read your textbook, if you cannot listen attentively in class,
if you don’t know how to  take notes… what is it you would study?

If you cannot write good reports and essays, if you cannot organize what you want to say in a discussion, if you do not know methods to use during a test, your study skills will not help you earn a good grade.

All of these skills need to be combined if you want to be successful.

This simple image should help you remember the basic Skills: the Three Basic Input Skills and the Three Basic  Output Skills.  Now there is another important area of skills. Computer skills are important today in nearly every field of work.  But computer skills include both Input and Output,  so I added two new skills.

Information In, Mental Processing - Information out.

Information In – Mental Processing – Information Out. This time he remembers what he learned.

Notice in the second image that the head looks different.  After Information In – (the student reads, listens, or take notes,) he uses his brain. He uses Mental Processing Skills (or Study Strategies) including Organizing the information, Thinking about it, and Remembering it.This time our student does NOT take the tests and quickly forget what he learned. With each method of organizing the information, with each way of thinking about the material, with each method of memory,  a deep understanding of the material is stored in different parts of the brain.

This time, our student ends up with a deeper comprehension and lasting memory of what he  learned.




Reading  – an introduction to Basic Reading Methods

Read SQ3R – a Powerful Method to use with harder material

SQ3R Plus – a method that combines reading and the study skills: organize, think, and remember
It might be best to learn about the study skills before reading this.


Personal Listening

What is a Good Listener?

Listening to Lectures


Taking Notes in Class or Lectures


Using Computers for Input    like reading or looking for information



Introduction to Writing

Writing a Great Essay


Learn to Speak up in Class

Basic Public Speaking: Ten guidelines for doing a great talk


Introduction to Test Taking: Be Prepared

Taking the Test

Prepare for and Take Standardized Tests


Using Computers for Output   like writing papers and creating spreadsheets

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