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3 Tips For Going Back To School After 30

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3 Tips For Going Back To School After 30
The reality is that most of us were not ready for university when we attended it in our twenties. Whether it was a compulsive choice of major, wanting to leave home, or any other external factor…

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Back To School

Back To School

Many people in their thirties and forties go back to a college to learn something that may be helpful in their ongoing career.

The time when they had earlier attended college, they were in their teens or twenties, not being exposed to the real world. When going back to college as a professional, a few mistakes can be avoided.

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Lectures Are Not Learning

Most of us believe that lecture time is learning time, but the fact is that they are only effective when one is already familiar with the material being taught.

Introduction of new concepts during a one hour lecture does not make us grasp it fully, but the hard work is to be done later when we sit and grasp the concepts that were discussed. It is best to relax and listen to the lectures with an open mind.

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Note-Taking: The Real Use

  • Badly taken notes easily become redundant and useless.
  • Real and useful note-taking is when we note down the names and brief explanations of new concepts, like author names, references, theoretical names and concepts, instead of copying everything on the slide.
  • It is great to write down the questions that come in our minds, something which is often neglected.
  • Colored or coded notes, that are marked in different shapes or blocks help ease the looking up part later, and also while studying for an exam.
  • One can also use the phone recorder to help in note-taking.

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Going Off-Syllabus

A University is not just about memorizing facts and concepts, especially when one is already a professional. Your deep learnings can go beyond the syllabus, setting off new directions and building upon a unique set of knowledge that can take you into uncharted territory and eventually enviable success.

If you are going off-topic, take it as a sign of learning and exploration.

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The Art of Note-Taking

The Art of Note-Taking

Even in an age where laptops rule, notetaking is still the tool of choice for highly successful students, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

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The Cornell Method

This simple and highly systematic note-taking method helps you to understand key ideas and relationships easily. Best used for:

  • Gathering information from a seminar or presentation.
  • Recording college lecture notes.
  • Studying literature or a textbook.

Cornell Method: How to take notes

  1. Write down the lecture name/seminar/reading topic at the top of the page.
  2. Write down notes in the largest section of the page (right-hand column). Transcribe only the facts using bulleted lists and abbreviations. Take notes of questions that arise.
    3. Create question cues in the left-hand column that you will use later as a study tool.
  3. At the bottom section of the page, summarize the main ideas of your notes. Ask yourself how you would explain this information to someone else. Keep it concise.

Read over your notes in the left-hand column and summary at the bottom as often as possible. Quiz yourself with the questions you've included in the left column. Repeat often to increase your recall and deepen your comprehension.

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The Outline method

The Outline method

It requires you to structure your notes in form of an outline by using bullet points to represent different topics and their subtopics. 

Start writing main topics on the far left ...

The Cornell Method

  • The page is divided into 3 or 4 sections (top for title and, bottom for summary, 2 columns in the center).  
  • 30% of width should be kept in the left column while the remaining 70% for the right column.
  • All notes go into the main note-taking column
  • The smaller column on the left side is for comments, questions or hints about the actual notes. 

The Boxing Method

All notes that are related to each other are grouped together in a box. 

A dedicated box is assigned for each section of notes which cuts down the time needed for reading and reviewing.

Apps are especially helpful for this method because content on the page can be reordered or resized subsequently.

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Scientific Backed Ways To Learn Better
  1. Learn faster and retain more by imagining that you have to teach someone else what you are learning
  2. Sleeping between two learning sessions greatly improves retenti...