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HOW  TO  STUDY

 

HEDWIG LEWIS SJ

 

 

Know What Efficiency In Study Means
Prepare A Study Schedule
Learn Skills for Efficient Study
Develop Various Reading Skills
Master the Art of Taking & Making Notes
Increase your Power over Words
Concentrate Intensely while Studying
Discover Methods for Building a Powerful Memory
Gain Mastery over Writing Skills
Use Efficient Techniques at the Examination

 

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INTRODUCTION

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 students.

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 study.... (Preface)

QUESTIONNAIRE

In Chapter One you are given a basic questionnaire to "Examine your study habits":

Answer very honestly YES or NO.

 1.  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 task?
 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 methodically?
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 student
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READING

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 Understanding means:
    a. Locating the topic sentence and main ideas in each paragraph
    b. Listing all the important details in a paragraph
5. Speed Reading increases your comprehension
   
   Speed Reading can be developed by practicing

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eye movements that increase recognition span

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phrase reading

6. Reading is affected adversely by

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vocalizing (sub-vocal sounds)

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head movements (along the page)

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compulsive regression (backward glances)

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defective eyesight

7. Leisure reading to be done effectively requires skill. It is a necessary
       "exercise" for the mind.


Perspectives

Excerpts from Reviews

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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)

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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)

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...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)

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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)

 

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