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In my junior year I had a prof. in college teach us a strategy that elevated my GPA by over a point that I still use to this day. He told us that all academic writing was done in a fixed style:
Tell them what you are going to tell them
Tell them
Then tell them again

This applies to text books and within text books its chapters and within its chapters its subsections.

So how you approach a chapter is to read the first section and then the last section. You will then have the concepts of that chapter down in a few minutes. You can then go to what is in between to cherry pick the most important things to fill out your understanding. If you want to, you can start off by applying it an entire book as I explained. You initially read the first chapter and then the last chapter.

By applying this strategy you can learn more in much less time with greater comprehension in contrast to if you approached it in a linear fashion where you plowed through it sequentially, each page in order. You flatten the learning curve with greater efficiency and also reduce the risk of getting bogged down in the subject matter

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J1958

Aug 4 @ 5:13PM  
Top-notch tip! I think you're dead right. I would even say every medium has its own discipline and most writers must follow the program to be published. That makes it damn near LAW that writing patterns are predictable, and understanding the pattern pertaining to what you are reading speeds consumption and grasp.

That said, a newspaper item is written with a different program than a magazine article, than a tech manual, than an editorial, a novel and, even, than broadcast news. It's vital to understand the technique that applies to whatever one is reading or listening to before speed consumption is profitable and linear assimilation is a waste of time. Good piece!
sugarnspice005

Aug 4 @ 9:55PM  
That was the trick I used this past year and a half...which is why my GPA is a 3.94. In fact, my last semester, straight A's. That put me on the President's List.

Amazing what hard work and good study habits will bring.
soft_touch938

Aug 5 @ 10:38PM  
P-shawwww...works for some and that's ok...
But that isn't everyone's way.
Brainiacs with short attention
'n this I just have to mention...
they can't stay focused 'til the end,
the rules of enjoyment they want to bend.
First, then last? Why read anymore?
Ya know the end...ya know the score.
But oh the 'meat' in between,
That detailed story, scene by scene...
Makes you bored? Hurts your brain?
To stay the course drives you insane?
Oh let me read ev'ry page and chapter...
I want it all, I want to capture..
'n never cheat...go to the end?
My sense of joy that doth offend!

Oh well...whatever works for ya!

(written in jest...k?)
RJ53

Aug 6 @ 6:18AM  
I just read all the text books through once I had them and then just skimmed over the chapters for the rest of the year whenever we had an exam, I happened to love reading and had a high tolerance for dry subject matter along with a decent memory for what I read, As a result I have tons of information stored that will never have a real purpose other than just knowing it,
whosewho

Aug 7 @ 12:50AM  

By applying this strategy you can learn more in much less time with greater comprehension in contrast to if you approached it in a linear fashion where you plowed through it sequentially, each page in order. You flatten the learning curve with greater efficiency and also reduce the risk of getting bogged down in the subject matter

Ludicrous....... just a lack of retention and comprehension. And you're lazy to boot. No wonder you ended up arraigning chairs for the bands.
Wordsofwit

Aug 7 @ 10:34AM  
just a lack of retention and comprehension.

There was some truth to that statement as it applied to required courses that I had zero interest in. I felt that they were a distraction and took time away from subjects that were more relevant to my major and future career path. If I wasn't going to use it or interested in it then, yes, there would be very little retention down the road.

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