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5 Bad Study Habits to learn Chinese
Date:2013-10-12 09:52 From:yanzhu 【Print】 【Closed】 【Collection
Have you ever wasted your time for learning Chinese, but a poor test result after many hours is really hurt your confidentce? If it happens to you, it's possible that you need to find some methods for you Chinese study program. Now followings study habits are least helpful for you.
  • 1. Taking linear notes
Linear notes are lecture notes that students take when they attempt to write down every word of a lecture. Linear notes occur when a student tries to write every word a lecturer says in sequence, like writing a rambling essay with no paragraphs.
 
You may be wondering: How can it be bad to capture every word of a lecture?
 
5 Bad Study Habits to learn Chinese - Mandarin in shanghaiIt’s not bad to capture every word of a lecture, but it is bad to think you’re studying effectively if you don’t mess with your linear notes in some way. You must revisit your linear notes and make relationships from one section to another. You should draw arrows from one related word or concept to another, and make a lot of notes and examples in the margins.
 
Solution: To reinforce information and to make it sink in, you must also recreate all your class notes in another form. You have to revisit the information and put it all into a chart or shrinking outline.
 
Right before every  new lecture, you should review your notes from days past and predict the next day’s material. You should reflect and make relationships between key concepts before you sit down for  a new lecture.
 
You should prepare for your exams by creating a fill-in-the-blank test from your notes. 
  • 2. Highlighting the book
Are you guilty of highlighter abuse? Reckless highlighting is the root cause for many bad test grades!
 
Bright colors on a page make a big visual impact, so it seems like a lot of good studying is going on when you read and highlight.
 
Highlighting does make important information stand out on a page, but that doesn’t do you  much good if you don’t do something active with that information. Reading highlighted words again and again is not active enough.
 
Solution: Use the information you highlight to create a practice exam. Put highlighted words onto flashcards and practice until you know every term and concept. Identify key concepts and use them to create practice essay questions.
 
You should also develop a color-coded highlighting strategy. Highlight new words in one color and new concepts in another, for example. You could also highlight separate topics according to a color code for more impact.
  • 3. Rewriting notes
Students rewrite notes under the assumption that repetition is good for memorization. Repetition is valuable as a first step, but it’s not that effective all alone.
 
You should rewrite your notes in the shrinking outline method, but follow up with self-testing methods.
 
Solution: Switch class notes with a classmate and create a practice exam from his/her notes. Exchange practice exams to test each other. Repeat this process a few times until you are comfortable with the material.
  • 4. Rereading the chapter
Students are often encouraged to re-read a chapter on the night before an exam to reinforce what they’ve learned. Rereading is a good tactic as a last step.
 
Just like the other study habits mentioned above, rereading is only one part of a puzzle.
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