Nine Learning Principles
1. The Principle of Motivated Interest
- Naturally interested.
- If not, create an artificial interest and enthusiasm.
- When you begin to learn something about a new subject, chances are great that you will find it genuinely interesting.
2. The Principle of Selectivity
- Have the courage to select and reject.
- By evaluating and judging this, you will be learning.
- With practice you get better at this.
- May go through a chapter twice.
- First get main ideas.
- Second time fill in the details to the framework.
3. The Principle of Intention to Remember
- Pay attention.
- Get it right the first time
- Understand before trying to remember.
4. The Principle of Basic Backgrounds
- Your professional life begins with your freshman courses.
5. The Principle of Meaningful Organization
- Use the category system.
- General headings and sub headings.
- Chunk information in groups of seven.
- Magnetic centers - once you learn a word or fact, you will see it repeated.
- Power of association - good background helps you see organization.
6. The Principle of Recitation
- Transfers information from short term to long term memory.
- Saying aloud ideas you want to remember.
7. The Principle of Consolidation
- Hold ideas in mind for 4 or 5 seconds.
- Review notes immediately after class.
8. The Principle of Distributed Practice
- It is best to have several short study sessions, rather than one long session.
- Neural processes of learning continue to work during rest time.
Holds both immediate and long term retention.
- This will prevent fatigue.
- You will be more motivated.
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Read, recite and review.
9. The Principle of Metacognition
- Monitor your progress!
- Are you putting in enough time?
- Do you have clear goals?
- Which are your hardest classes? Easiest?
- What are your current grades and your desired grades?
- What do you need to do to get your desired grades?
- What do you know about your learning?
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