Study Tip Archive - August 2009
"To learn English as a second language read the newspaper and listen to the news carefully."
Delhi, India and USA
"Hi, I'd like to send this tip for future law students. It's a simple format which I learned from my uncle. I hope this helps you.
This tip is applicable for hypothetical situation questions.
Let us imagine a situation where your professor will give you a situation and ask you what law is applicable to said situation.
This is the format:
Answer, basis, interpretation of the basis with connection to the facts of the situation and conclusion.
A killed B by stabbing him in the back as B passed by his hiding place at 2:30 AM in the middle of nowhere. Prior to the killing, A was armed with a knife and waited for B to pass an area of town where it is dark and without any lights or people. What is the criminal liability of A?
A is liable for murder qualified by alevosia (treachery).
The law provides that treachery is a crime against persons, employing means, methods and form in order to ensure the commission of the offense without risk arising from the injured party.
Since A killed B in a place which was dark, lacked persons traveling in said area and by stabbing him in the back, he used such means, methods or forms to ensure the commission of the crime without risk to himself from the offended party.
There are two more aggravating circumstances in this example, but I just wanted to emphasize the format. Nighttime, uninhabited place and evident premeditation are present, but those are absorbed by treachery.)
Hence, A may be criminally liable for treachery.
"I always try to follow my study schedule. When I really do this, I am very happy.
Student, 5th grade
Staten Island (Great Kills, New York)
"This may sound crazy, but if I really feel I HAVE to get into the material even more I put on some LOUD and adrenaline-pumping music. I can read the material while the music is blasting in the background and do very well comprehending what I read!! I also outline the chapters and usually make note cards as well. Works great."
Student, entry RN program
Ft. Wayne, Indiana, USA
"When I take notes I always rewrite them. I also add things as I go, especially from the readings I feel are important. This helps me remember things better and as I look things up in the text and add notes, it brings a deeper understanding of the material."
Student, entry in RN prog.
Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
"I think we should view new lessons and also review them. Remember to review new words before going to bed and in the morning!"
"When I have to learn a new word I write it and what it means in the back of my notebook. Then I make sure to use the word at least 7 times in the next week. I put a check next to the word each time I use it to be sure."
Mexico City, Mexico
"I write very sloppy when I take notes. At night I rewrite my notes in good handwriting. This makes them easier to study for a test. Also it makes me think about what I wrote - sometimes I add information or make changes."
Student, HS soph
Pontiac, Michigan, USA
"Study hard the night before and read over everything to make sure that you understand the material."
"This is about learning styles. I really benefit from the three learning styles described at your website. Depending on the subject,I adopt the style that fits the best; or I combine the styles according to the material that I am trying to learn at a specific time. For example, I use the auditory style to grasp the major concept or ideas presented;then, as I go more in depth into the juicy parts (more detailed),I involve touch and movement. If I get stuck during the process, the auditory style helps me remember something that I probably missed the first time. I think that flexibility is the key to learning anything. It helps you adapt to the subject you are studying and to the teacher's teaching style."
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, USA
"I videotape myself or audio record myself reading my notes. Then in my free time or before I go to sleep, I just look at the video or listen to my voice on the tape. This helps me remember what I just covered when I was studying. You should plan your time effectively, because if you fail to plan, you planned to fail. "
James Banda Jr.
Student, secondary school
"Study for 30 minutes, take a 15 minute break, then study some more if desired. It's proven that you cannot clearly remember or stay readily focused for longer than 30 minutes, so why waste your time when you won't remember the information? Remember: it's not how long you study.. it's the information you remember. If you read for half an hour and remember half the information, it is better than reading for an hour and remembering nothing. "
Student, High School Freshman
"I sit in the front row of my classes. That way there are no distractions between me and the teacher. The further back you sit, the more kids in front of you who can distract you."
Student, HS junior
San Francisco, California, USA
"Always review the lesson of the day."
Teacher, 6th grade
San Diego, California, USA
"Use the glossary in your textbooks. The words are defined in the way they are used in the subject you're studying."
Student, Middle School
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
"I have tried for years to get every single thing down on paper...DONT DO THAT!! If your notes are from a reading of some sort, read it beforehand for the major points. Use abbreviations that you will understand. Then after class, rewrite them so you know what the abbreviations stand for."
Student, 12th grade
Flat Rock, Michigan, USA