Easiest Way To Absorb Information
Study skills are the different ways in which a person learns, how they absorb information and are the techniques that we use to deal with difficult assignments. During our school years, we are able to learn the different techniques and gain knowledge of how we learn best and what we can do to relieve our stresses when it comes to assignments and tests. I have found, through my school and college years, that I learn best if I can see or experience it, as well as someone talking it through with me and make notes. This all helps me to remember as I will have my notes that will link to my memory of carrying out an activity with the assistance of the ‘teacher’s guidance.
There are many different ways that people learn and the skills they use, here are a few of the main ways that you can use when carrying out an extended piece of work:
- A place and time to study – this is the most important one. We all need an area in which we can study, some may need a quiet area and others may like to be around friends, some at a desk or on a comfy sofa in front of the television. Some people may need the area to be unappealing to the eye so as less distraction and with phones switched off. It is important to find what works for you and to try and plan it into your week. I find that I accomplish more with my assignments when I am at home, sat on my snuggle chair, and once my son has gone to bed and I have got my brain focussed on the assignment and not on what is going on with my life. Unfortunately, this can often be at 10 pm!
- Planning – some, very organized people like to plan what they want to get done and with the timeframe for it. This way they can keep on top of what is going on and what they are learning. They plan the time of day, how many times a week they will dedicate to their learning and what they expect to accomplish. Unfortunately, I am not great at planning
- Styles of writing- It is important when researching for your projects to be aware of the different types of writing styles. This is so that you know what type of information you are reading, for example, essays and reports are an academic form of writing and maybe more factual, but might be biased as the essay could be about that person’s point of view and the person writing the document will have research and evidence to back their work up. Then you have journalistic writing which is writing found in newspaper or magazine articles, this type of work may not be reliable as it will be about putting their point across and sometimes without reliable evidence to back it up. Then you have Fictional writing which is based on the writer’s imagination telling you a story and lastly, Non-Fiction is writing based on facts and truths with evidence to back it all up.
- Sources of information – is about learning where you can find all information that you need. This can be libraries, we have the intranet for all NHS documents and policies, the resource area at work, and knowing that you have someone that you trust who you can go to for advice like a mentor, thankfully my assessor in charge of this course is very helpful when I do not always understand what is needed to be done and will point me in the right direction.
- Note-taking – is a very handy skill to have, some may use shorthands, some may use one or two-word notes for things of interest that they have found or need to look up. With the assignments that I have been set, we have a webinar on each subject and the teacher sends us the slide sheets used. Some people find it easier to look at the slide sheets later, but I found that taking notes during the lesson and photographs of things I did not understand or thought relevant really helped me when I got around to doing the assignments.
- Critical reading and strategies – this is about questioning the article or information that you are researching, this helps you to learn about what the piece is about and assists with your understanding of their point of view and if you have/can link it to your working environment. Skills you need a website to explain critical reading as:
- “To read critically is to exercise your judgment about what you are reading – that is, not taking anything you read at face value.” –
- Revision skills – This is about finding what works for you when revising for an important test, interview, or essay. There are many different ways through note-taking, practice tests, reading all relevant research, making flash cards for you to revisit with questions, some people like copying their notes out a few times so that they are reading it and writing it to make it familiar and another way is recording their notes into audio for them to listen to. The audio version really helped me when I sat for my Frech GCSE Oral exam!
However, it is also important to take a break, do some physical exercise or spend time with friends and family so that you do not get stressed or bogged down! Your mental and physical health is just as important as your learning, as long as you go back to your work!