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As the title makes obvious, the aim of
this book is to teach you "how to study"! That is, it provides
you with the essentially simple technique of organising yourself and with
methods for learning. It is a book intended for High School and College
The approach is practical – with a
balance of theory and exercises related to it. The book contains a great deal of
commonsense advice – concisely and simply expressed – which is easy to
follow. The book is designed to help you learn how to learn, to acquire an
enthusiasm for learning, and to understand the importance of the things you
In Chapter One you are given a basic
questionnaire to "Examine your study habits":
Answer very honestly
Do you usually
know in the morning how you are going to spend the day?
2. Do you generally
give sufficient time for study?
3. Do you find
difficulty getting down to work at the start of a study-session?
That is, do you
spend a good bit of time trying to find out which is the best way to begin a
4. Do you sit at
your desk for hours on end, but get very little work done?
5. Do you usually
work in exhausting fits and starts?
6. Do you waste time
flitting from one study assignment to another?
7. Do you often have
to work under pressure? And then, is your work left unfinished, or not submitted
on time, or of an inferior quality?
8. Are you in the
habit of procrastinating, that is, putting off, postponing difficult assignments?
9. Are you satisfied
with doing a task hurriedly, haphazardly, rather than responsibly and
10. Are you aware of
your method of study and the type of skills you use?
If you have answered most of the questions
in the negative,
then you have a long way to go before you become an efficient
Following is a Summary that
appears at the end of Chapter Two,
on Reading that lists the contents dealt with
in the chapter.
1. Reading is a
complex activity that requires many skills in order to be done effectively.
2. A skilled reader
is purposeful, critical, selective, flexible, and economical of time.
3. Reading and
thinking make for high intelligence.
4. Reading With
Locating the topic sentence and main ideas in each paragraph
Listing all the important details in a paragraph
5. Speed Reading
increases your comprehension
Speed Reading can be developed by practicing
The question often asked is ‘How does
one study?’ This is often a complex question and needs more than just mere
direction. The Jesuit Priest, Fr. Hedwig Lewis, with years of experience with
students, provided a detailed outline to the attitude and application to one’s
studies. The book is an elementary handbook written in a style that should
endear itself to students. As soon as you flip through the fly pages you are
accosted with a diagram which illustrates the number of ways in which this book
will help you.... But you must remember, that this book is no fairy wand. In the
first chapter is told the story of a magician, who in reply to the question,
"Is there a magical formula for study?" replied, "There is...HARD
WORK". So get cracking.
By Bookfreak, Upbeat
(Bombay) (March 1987)
Examinations will soon be the major
preoccupation of the carefree student... But studying is an art and the purpose
of exams should not be forgotten in the mad cramming of texts. This book is
seriously for students, serious or otherwise.
In "Bookshop Beat", Free
Press Bulletin, Bombay (January 1, 1987)
...One book I would strongly recommend...
It is entitled How To Study... Now most of us think we know how to study.
What would be simpler than to pick a book and read it through and through? What
else, pray, is studying? Do we need to be taught how to study? I'm afraid we
do!... Studying is an art that we must learn to master, if we want to master our
studies.... Studying can be exciting. Partha, (February 1987)
Often students find exams and studies a
hit-and-miss games. Lewis' book offers to "teach you how to study." In
a simple yet elaborate style, the author manages to put across a number of
interesting insights which could be of use to anyone in high school or
college.... Illustrations are few and functional. All in all, it remains a good
guide for the young student. In fact, since we all need to remain students for
the rest of our lives, these are skills which almost anyone could gain from.
SAR News (June 28,1997)