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How to Study

How to Study - Video 1 of 5 (~7 min)

This video series is aimed at new college students and was created by Samford University, but it is a great refresher for anyone who has been out of academics for a while. This video clip is the first in a series of 5, and if you are interested in the rest you can view them in order on Youtube.com. In this video, Dr. Chew discusses five beliefs that don't help you succeed with studying, and the very useful concept of "metacognition."

How People Learn

How People Learn - Video 2 of 5 (~7 min)

In this second video, Dr. Chew continues the discussion on how people learn. The concept of "deep processing" is good for setting the stage for how you should process the materials you read for PME. Remember, you should make every attempt to relate the concepts you are reading to current events. This will benefit you most when taking our exams.

Cognitive Principles

Cognitive Principles - Video 3 of 5 (~7 min)

This third video continues with some of the basic principles about how people learn best. While the previous videos discussed the importance of metacognition and deep processing, this video will emphasize how to do them well. This video gives great advice for how to take time to process what you read. Dr Chew's four prinicples for deep processing are well-suited to our exam format help you understand the course concepts that will be vital to your success at the next level of leadership.

Practicing Learning Principles

Practicing Learning Principles - Video 4 of 5 (~9 min)

This fourth video discusses putting these principles of learning into practice. One of Dr. Chew's best concepts is the idea of generating questions related to your materials. As you do this, keep in mind that specific questions can be helpful, but don't focus solely on specific questions which can leave you with a perspective that is too narrow if you don't follow up with broader questions. You need to tie each lesson's concepts to something bigger, such as a historical example or a current event. For example, one good idea is to revisit the course objectives after each lesson to see how they relate to each other, or to analyze each lesson's concepts in light of a current event. At the 4 minute point, Dr. Chew discusses note-taking in class, which doesn't really apply here unless those concepts help you as you view course videos. At 6:09 he discusses deep processing while reading a textbook with good ideas to include highlighting strategies. This is followed by group study strategies and principles for effective group study which could come in handy if you are in a seminar.

I Blew the Exam

Uh Oh, I Blew the Exam - Video 5 of 5 (~7 min)

The fifth and final video in this series discusses what to do if you fail an exam: Hopefully very few of you will even need to watch this video. But, if you do struggle with an exam, this video provides good suggestions for self-assessment and provides strategies that will help you get back on track before you retake your exam. Do not get discouraged! A large majority of the PME students who fail a first exam, are able to pass the next time around. If you start with this video and don't understand Dr. Chew's concepts, then you might need to review the first four videos.

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