Although aids to retention may be considered as study techniques they have been separated into different sections because of their importance, and consequently need to be covered in great detail. The techniques mentioned below are not only aids to retention, but also to speed, and understanding.
HOW TO STUDY A TEXTBOOK & NOTE TAKING
Many students have a very negative attitude to textbooks because of the time and difficulty in reading and understanding them. The special method of approaching a textbook which is taught in the course should help the student overcome this.
HOW TO WRITE AN ESSAY
Two-thirds of examinations consist of essays. A student must be able to write an essay which (i) answers the question, (ii) substantiates all theories and opinions, (iii) is well balanced and proportioned, (iv) uses language accurately.
As vocabulary is the basis of a language anyone who has difficulty in building up his vocabulary will soon be floundering. A remarkably effective mnemonic system enables the student to learn vocabulary in a fraction of the normal time.
ORIENTATION TO MATHS AND SCIENCE
These subjects traditionally cause difficulty for many students. The reason is generally because of inadequately covered fundamentals which impede the understanding of more advanced concepts. Problem solving is covered as well as the use of Dynamic Learning Methods in maths and science.
It often comes to students as something of a revelation that revision is a constant process that goes on throughout the year and not a last minute cram. The reason for this is that if one revises regularly retention is high and lasting, and actually involves less work.
Students generally have a poor knowledge of exam strategy, and do not realise that an incorrect approach can seriously affect their marks.