How to Get the Most Out of Studying


The overall theme of the videos is if students use ineffective or inefficient ways of studying, they can study long and hard and stillfail; but if they use effective strategies, they will get the mostlearning out of your study time and be more likely to succeed.  Videos developed by Dr. Stephen Chew, Samford University, Alabama.

• Video 1: Beliefs That Make You Fail...Or Succeed

The first video examines common mistaken beliefs students often possess that undermine their learning. The video tries to correct those misconceptions with accurate beliefs about learning.

Video 1 (6:54):

• Video 2: What Students Should Understand About How People Learn

The second video introduces a simple but powerful theory of memory, Levels of Processing, that can help students improve their study.

Video 2 (7:15):

• Video 3: Cognitive Principles for Optimizing Learning

The third video operationalizes the concept of level of processing into four principles that students can use to develop effective study strategies.

Video 3 (5:46):

• Video 4:  Putting the Principles for Optimizing Learning into Practice

The fourth video applies the principles of deep processing to common study situations, including note taking and highlighting while reading.

Video 4 (9:17):

• Video 5: I Blew the Exam, Now What?

This video addresses what students should and should not do when they earn a bad grade on an exam.

Video 5 (7:29):

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