An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin
I wrote a post about some principles of learning. But realised that it wasnt nessecary. Because I don’t think I’m using those principles anyway. So I’m just going to outline how I plan to study. I maybe write some learning principles later. The thing is, I read a lot about it, but rarely put it into practise.
I’m not sure how the courses is built. But I guess it’s lectures and tests. Maybe assignments. I have no idea how to deal with essays. I deal with it if it comes up. For now my focus will be on learning the material.
- Check the course outline first to get an overview about what I will expect and what topic the teacher will cover. I will write it down and write down what it will be about without doing research. If I know nothing about it I know nothing about it.
- Before each lecture I will read the material first before I watch the video.
- I will use flow based notetaking (fancy word for taking notes. Write less and more diagras and pictures.) during the lecture.
- After the lecture I will review my notes. If nessecary complement with more notes and connect it with ideas I know.
- Write down the concept like I am teaching it to someone. Complement with more research or acquire more information if nessecary. Go through my notes again if I’m struggeling.
- In the end of the course, try to make a small project, explain it on my blog and compress everything into one A4-Page.
I am not sure if it will work. What I am unsure about is if I will be able to keep up and if I will do point 5 right. I think that 5 is the most important point. Because it is there I am checking my knowledge and if I really understands it. The best would be if they have small test so I can test my knowledge but it’s not a lot of courses that are built that way. Most courses only have a final exam.
Oh, almost forgot I will report how it goes each week and plan the upcoming week.