FYI: Learning Tips from Graduate Students

Title: How to Succeed in College: Learn How to Learn
Author: Robert A. Bjork + Others
Type of Resource: Editorial
Originally Published in: The Observer (American Psychological Society)
Date Published: March 2001 (Vol. 14, No. 3)



“Assume that you have a younger sibling who is going to be a college freshman next Fall. Assume further that this particular sibling actually believes that you may have learned something – that is, that you may be a source of good advice on how to succeed in college. Drawing on concepts and phenomena covered in this course, list six different recommendations you would make to your sibling (with respect to notetaking, study techniques, exam performance, and so forth).”

A few years ago, I asked this question on a final exam in my graduate course on human learning and memory…


Comments: This article lists many study techniques from graduate students. These tips are good for a few reasons. One is that most of these graduate students are still in or have just finished school, and still remembers what it is like (so they are not preaching from lofty perches). On the flip-side, they have been in school for some 16+ years and are getting close to being experts at learning and studying. There is nothing particularly mind-blowing in this article, but with only a couple of weeks to go before midterms, it serves as a quick ‘n easy refresher.


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