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Math Study Strategies:

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 This document is evolving from original drafts by Philip Sink
...with enthusiastic encouragement from Dick Furnas
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  A: Here are some examples of what it means to Pay Attention!
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  • You are learning in the present, during the lecture.
    • If something isn't clear, ask the question!
    • If something seems incorrect, ask the question!
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  • Learn in the present, during the lecture.
    • If something isn't clear, ask a question!
    • If something seems incorrect, ask a question!
 
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  • "levels" to follow during a lecture:
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The whole class will benefit if you ask a question. You will get your question answered, help insure more clarity during the presentation, and catch the inevitable errors that can occur in any presentation.

  • Follow at as many of these "levels" as you can:
 
    • What are the gory details of the algebra being performed as the problem is being solved?
    • How do those details fit into the arc of the solution?
    • How does this problem involve the topic of the day's lecture?
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      • things I already know?
      • things in other courses I'm taking?
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The whole class will benefit if you ask a question. You will help insure more clarity in the presentation, and catch the inevitable errors that can occur during any presentation.
 For whatever remains difficult, we at the MSC are here to help you figure it out. Best of luck!

When Should I Take Notes, and What Should They Look Like?

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When is it useful to take notes? If there is no textbook, notes can be useful the only way you have access to the material after lecture is through your notes. Furthermore, for some, notes may be a good start to help memorize information. Though, as the studies cited in the link below can attest, notes can also seriously hinder memorization and especially understanding.
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When is it useful to take notes?
  • If there is no textbook, notes can be useful
  • Notes may be a primary way to have access to the material after lecture -- remember office hours and the MSC can also help.
  • People are different. For some, notes may be a good start to help learn information.
  • Remember, though, taking notes:
    • can seriously hinder the opportunity to learn and understand in the moment
    • can make it impossible to pose questions in a timely fashion in class

What should your notes look like?

  • Highlights of what is presented:
    • Key definitions
    • Enough to reconstruct the details
  • Unexpected results
  • Enough to jog your memory to look up in the textbook; on-line; or ask about in the MSC
  • Anything that doesn't make sense deserves an in-class question before it goes in your notes.
 
There was a young premed in Calc
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