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Nov 29, 2008 12:06 PM CST Study Tips
dazzling_dave
dazzling_davedazzling_daveWaynesboro, Virginia USA7 Threads 2,686 Posts
I have recently decided to further my education by taking on-line classes. I need some help to develop good study habits. Any helpful tips will be greatly appreciated.
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Nov 29, 2008 12:12 PM CST Study Tips
Luthion
LuthionLuthionCork, Ireland91 Posts
dazzling_dave: Any helpful tips will be greatly appreciated.

Stay off dating site forums. =P

I kid. Just be sure to concentrate on your work. Its very easy to end up browsing a random site out of boredom... then suddenly realising half your study time has just passed.
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Nov 29, 2008 12:19 PM CST Study Tips
dazzling_dave
dazzling_davedazzling_daveWaynesboro, Virginia USA7 Threads 2,686 Posts
Luthion: Stay off dating site forums. =P

I kid. Just be sure to concentrate on your work. Its very easy to end up browsing a random site out of boredom... then suddenly realising half your study time has just passed.


That happens quite often even when not studying. Knowing this about myself, I opted to have actual books sent to study, and will only be taking the exams on-line.

Thanks for the tip.
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Nov 29, 2008 1:27 PM CST Study Tips
dazzling_dave
dazzling_davedazzling_daveWaynesboro, Virginia USA7 Threads 2,686 Posts
It would appear that I should have named this thread "Confessions of a Thread Killer".
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Nov 29, 2008 1:29 PM CST Study Tips
shipoker58
shipoker58shipoker58Las Vegas, Nevada USA35 Threads 4,332 Posts
If I had any intelligence at all...I wouldn't be on CS day and night. I am sure any advice from me is as useless as tits on a boar hog
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Nov 29, 2008 1:35 PM CST Study Tips
dazzling_dave
dazzling_davedazzling_daveWaynesboro, Virginia USA7 Threads 2,686 Posts
shipoker58: If I had any intelligence at all...I wouldn't be on CS day and night. I am sure any advice from me is as useless as tits on a boar hog


You are more intelligent than you give yourself credit for.

I was a lousy student when I was in school many years ago. I never developed good study habits, and now I am struggling because of it. I am just looking for any ideas that I could use to develop good habits.
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Nov 29, 2008 3:23 PM CST Study Tips
The_Kansan
The_KansanThe_KansanKnoxville, Tennessee USA476 Threads 1 Polls 4,695 Posts
dazzling_dave: You are more intelligent than you give yourself credit for.

I was a lousy student when I was in school many years ago. I never developed good study habits, and now I am struggling because of it. I am just looking for any ideas that I could use to develop good habits.


Luck to you, Dave!

I was a lousy student in school as well - never even bothered to pick up my highschool diploma, I disliked school so much - but found that I am quite apt at "self-education." Even did fairly well with correspondence courses (That's what we had before the internet, kids!).

Seems to me like the key is to first of all pick subjects you're interested in. Second, (This works best at home or when you're laid over somewhere) if you find you're starting to lose interest, give yourself a 30 minute break, but be firm with yourself and make darn sure you go back after 30 minutes. 3rd - and maybe the most helpful for me - "study" in short stretches; When you're waiting to load/unload, grab your text book and read for a couple of minutes then pause and think about what you've just read. Next chance you get, read a little more and think a little more. Going down the road think about what you've learned so far and ask yourself how it applies (or might apply) to other situations and how the knowledge you've gained will be useful in the future.

Again, luck to you my friend! One of these days we'll have to get together for a cup of coffee -- I'll be the one in the Dark Star truck wearing the cowboy hat. (You'll recognize my truck by the books on the dashboard.)


thumbs up


cowboy
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Nov 29, 2008 3:40 PM CST Study Tips
Joktan
JoktanJoktanMenomonee Falls, Wisconsin USA6 Threads 279 Posts
Really what your telling him is to just have the drive zeal and enthusiasm to stick with it no matter what and when its all behind ya ,well sir then ya got what it takes...lots of people get educated for the money they think comes with it... you did it just to get educated ..my hats off to you sir!
"A respectable man, is a man well read"..Joktan
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Nov 29, 2008 3:41 PM CST Study Tips
Joktan
JoktanJoktanMenomonee Falls, Wisconsin USA6 Threads 279 Posts
i meant that comment for the Kansan
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Nov 29, 2008 3:42 PM CST Study Tips
Luthion
LuthionLuthionCork, Ireland91 Posts
Well said Kansan. *two thumbs up*
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Nov 29, 2008 3:48 PM CST Study Tips
chris196eight
chris196eightchris196eightwarwick, Rhode Island USA9 Threads 1 Polls 95 Posts
dazzling_dave: I have recently decided to further my education by taking on-line classes. I need some help to develop good study habits. Any helpful tips will be greatly appreciated.


congratulastions on making that decision.

I can make a suggestion, change your environment if possible.
Your local library should have all the resources available to you including computers, printers, and provide a quiet atmosphere, and you can make that your dedicated learning environment. Organize and
plan your study sessions with other parts of your life which will make your schedule as efficient as possible. Try drinking coffe in moderation if you are struggling with paying attention, while at the library take brakes as needed, close the book and keep the page you are at, when you come back from the break, recap all that you have studied and make sure you are comfortable with the degree of understanding before you start your next lesson. as with shampoo, rinse and repeat.professor
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Nov 29, 2008 4:00 PM CST Study Tips
dazzling_dave
dazzling_davedazzling_daveWaynesboro, Virginia USA7 Threads 2,686 Posts
I appreciate all the responses so far. Thank you.

Coffee sounds good, Don. I'm leased to Landstar. It's pretty easy to spot me, I have a bright green bug deflector on the end of my hood. You can see me coming for miles.

The library isn't going to be feasible, but I have started to study at the dining room table to cut down on distractions like the computer.

I know that I just have to keep at it until the habit is ingrained. Thanks again everyone.
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Nov 29, 2008 4:00 PM CST Study Tips
The_Kansan
The_KansanThe_KansanKnoxville, Tennessee USA476 Threads 1 Polls 4,695 Posts
Joktan: Really what your telling him is to just have the drive zeal and enthusiasm to stick with it no matter what and when its all behind ya ,well sir then ya got what it takes...lots of people get educated for the money they think comes with it... you did it just to get educated ..my hats off to you sir!
"A respectable man, is a man well read"..Joktan


I'd love to accept your kudos but I can't. I did it because I was curious and because certain things interested me. I didn't realize until later that I had inadvertantly become somewhat "educated." laugh

Please don't misunderstand my definition of "self-educated" - I'm certainly not a rocket surgeon or a brain scientist - I've simply learned an inordinant amount about those things which interest me. The fact that it has served me well in my "hobbies" or that I've "co-taught" college courses is completely secondary. By most standards I would still be considered to have only a highschool education...

Thank you, though, for the kind words. handshake
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Nov 29, 2008 4:04 PM CST Study Tips
The_Kansan
The_KansanThe_KansanKnoxville, Tennessee USA476 Threads 1 Polls 4,695 Posts
I appreciate all the responses so far. Thank you.

Coffee sounds good, Don. I'm leased to Landstar. It's pretty easy to spot me, I have a bright green bug deflector on the end of my hood. You can see me coming for miles.


I'll keep my eyes peeled, Dave! I run 75 and 40 quite a bit and we never get more than a days' drive from K-Town.

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Nov 29, 2008 10:47 PM CST Study Tips
dazzling_dave
dazzling_davedazzling_daveWaynesboro, Virginia USA7 Threads 2,686 Posts
Does anyone have any tips on how to retain the information that I read?
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Nov 29, 2008 11:04 PM CST Study Tips
Indyfella
IndyfellaIndyfellaindianapolis, Indiana USA230 Threads 9 Polls 27,698 Posts
dazzling_dave: I appreciate all the responses so far. Thank you.

Coffee sounds good, Don. I'm leased to Landstar. It's pretty easy to spot me, I have a bright green bug deflector on the end of my hood. You can see me coming for miles.

The library isn't going to be feasible, but I have started to study at the dining room table to cut down on distractions like the computer.

I know that I just have to keep at it until the habit is ingrained. Thanks again everyone.



Good idea. Congrats. I did take some correspondence courses in college. I made sure they were things I were interested in and truly wanted to do. That provided the motivation.
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Nov 29, 2008 11:22 PM CST Study Tips
spicey1
spicey1spicey1St. Louis, Missouri USA16 Threads 974 Posts
I have taken some online classes and I must say the biggest thing you need to watch for is "hidden" assignments. The professor my have areas where they put weekly assignments, which is different from where they put daily or forum posts that are required.
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Nov 29, 2008 11:30 PM CST Study Tips
dazzling_dave
dazzling_davedazzling_daveWaynesboro, Virginia USA7 Threads 2,686 Posts
This is almost like a correspondence course. I take the exams on-line, but I get the assignments from the lesson guide. The difference is that I should have an Associate's when I'm done.

My ultimate goal is to sit for the CPA exam, but you have to have a Bachelor's for that.
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Nov 29, 2008 11:31 PM CST Study Tips
spiceygamble
spiceygamblespiceygambleNola, Louisiana USA40 Threads 3 Polls 5,583 Posts
Study tip 207:

Do not read this.
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Nov 29, 2008 11:34 PM CST Study Tips
dazzling_dave
dazzling_davedazzling_daveWaynesboro, Virginia USA7 Threads 2,686 Posts
spiceygamble: Study tip 207:

Do not read this.


That's like putting a box of doughnuts in front of me and telling me not to eat them. MMMMMMMMMMMMMM doughnuts. smitten tongue
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