Studying, whether for exams as a hobby, is an important activity for humans. Therefore, it is important for humans to continue studying on daily basis to improve their information retention ability. Personally, I have identified two positive habits that I need to adopt to improve my learning experience in class. First, I need to concentrate more on learning new concepts and avoid unnecessary distractions such as noise; it is one of the primary distractors in a learning environment (Entwistle and Paul 166). Second, I need to prepare sufficiently for learning activities by having a notepad and a pen for recording useful information. According to Salcedo, note-taking helps people to focus on their ability of retaining information.
The new habits will lead to personal improvement in learning; I will be able to recall ideas and concepts and apply them. After reviewing the video, “exam-preparation tips and test-taking strategies”, I have gained new insights about a wide range of study strategies such as using highlighter pen and making a clear study schedule (WaysToStudy 0.56). I can use the highlighter pen to mark relevant information in order to revisit it later. In addition, I can use the study timetable to organize learning tasks and monitor time accordingly. The timetable approach is particularly beneficial for me because it will help to improve my time management.
Note-taking during lectures can be challenging for students, particularly if the instructor provides too much information. From the video, I have learned two note-taking strategies, namely: the outline and the Cornell methods. Both are applicable in fast-paced lecture situations (Salcedo 1:12). Active listening during lectures is also important because students can analyze information and record only what is relevant.