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How To Study, A Method Called SQR3

The buses are rolling again. Fall is around the corner and parents are relishing the once again quiet of an empty house.

Kids look forward to going back to school with varying levels of anxiety and anticipation. A big part of their anxiety is rooted in their lack of true study skills.

This post is about fixing that problem.

Steps To Successful Studying

There is a five step study method that has been taught by teachers who want their kids to succeed. Its acronym is very easy to remember and helps one recall each stage. SQR3 is the acronym.

SQR3 steps are:

  1. Survey
  2. Question
  3. Read
  4. Recite
  5. Review

Using Survey To Get Started

The definition of the word ‘survey’ is to look carefully and thoroughly at someone or something, especially so as to appraise them. In our case that something is the material that you are trying to master.

I think it helpful to list a few synonyms. Making the decision to ‘survey’ a thing is not a daily routine for most. Survey is generally thought of as a ‘poll.’ As in, “We are taking a ‘survey’ or we are taking a ‘poll.’

Here are those I think will help you survey your study materials efficiently.

    • contemplate
    • scrutinize
    • inspect
    • scan
    • look over
    • consider

Basically, to survey the material you should just flip the pages, scanning to learn about how the material is organized.

Does it have comment boxes surrounded by borders?

Does it have boxes marked “Important Tip” or something similar?

Lots of times there will be boxes in the margins entitled things like “Did you know?” “Something to think about.” Anytime you see this, you know the author thinks this is particularly relevant the subject. You are also likely to see this information on the test, so, you are forewarned.

Question

Ask yourself:

      • What is this material about?
      • Why is this important to me? (Aside from passing a test.)

What does it seem to be saying is important? What is it that the author is trying to teach me? Make a few notes about things that seem to stand out.

Read

Read the material. Do I mean just speed read while your favorite show is taking half your attention? While I suppose it would be better than nothing I doubt it will maximize your comprehension.

When I say read, I mean:

      1. Immerse yourself in it.
      2. If there are audiovisual resources or other resources listed on line, make sure to watch or read them all.
      3. Read at a comfortable pace, moving back and forth in the material, looking for connections amongst the various points made.
      4. Take your time, moving slowly enough to absorb the material, fast enough to keep yourself from getting bored.

Recite

Recite means to read the material out loud. Recite it to the world through the main window. Recite it to your dog. I am sure he will love the attention. Recite it while sitting …everywhere you sit.

Why? You know, I do not have an authoritative explanation, but I do have some thoughts on the matter.

Reading only involves he sense of sight and to a much lesser degree, touch.

Reciting:

      • Involves the sense of sight as does reading.
      • It also involves the sense of sound.
      • If you pace when you recite you are tying all kinds of sensory input to the material.

To sum it up, your eyes see it. Your ears hear it again directing the knowledge to your brain through a second channel. If you pace as you recite you are tying the knowledge to even more sensory input.

Review

Now that you have completed this process, review what it is you now know. How much do you think you have learned? This process can be repeated until you are satisfied with your retention.

Closing Comments

Folks tend to learn best when their studying is disciplined and regular. A fixed study time is helpful because setting one teaches the brain to quickly drop into a learning mode at the appointed time.

Also, they tend to retain smaller chunks of knowledge at a time so pick a time period somewhere between 15 minutes and an hour.

As long as it presents no health problems for you, eating just a little bit of sweet, like a teaspoon of honey, before each study period can enhance retention and comprehension. Why? Most likely it is because the brain is 90% fat by weight and uses exclusively glucose as an energy source.

While it is not part of the SQR3 method per se, I have found it helpful to take intense notes during class and apply the SQR3 method to my notes as well. Using highlighters, clips and post its can also further enhance retention by providing more things to which information can be attached.

I really hope this helps. It is applicable to any and every thing which one wants to master, whether we are talking about 6th grade civics class or PDFs on how to master SEO or how to work from home.

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

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What To Write About In Your Blog

writers-block-37580802What Do I Write About In My Blog?

Not knowing what to write about is a common complaint amongst those who are new to the world of blogging. They may be new to blogging, or maybe not so new.

A couple of general tips on what to avoid going in:

  1. Write about whatever you are interested in.
  2. Just write everyday
  3. SEO is a waste of time.

Write About Your Interests

While it is true you should write about that which interests you, you really should make sure your topics are in the same area. For instance, writing about the best dog house one day  and the best mac and cheese recipe the next is not going to earn you many points with Google.

If you are into gold sales, affiliate marketing and MLM, as I am, then all your posts should be along the lines of those subjects.

Just Write Everyday

Writing everyday is a wonderful goal. Unless you don’t have a job there are going to be nights where your eyes are just so sandy you will not be able to keep your focus long enough to do anything but wake up ever 15 minutes when you head hits the keyboard.

I know. I have literally banged my face on my keyboard trying to blog while exhausted from being at work all day.

A much better approach, seems to me, is to write 3 to 5 good quality posts a week. Put some thought into an article. Do a YouTube video and tie them together with links. Add some relevant photos to the body of the blog.

I really do believe, Facebook notwithstanding, that a little attention to detail, to proper grammar and to interesting content that has some real value to your audience will have huge returns in terms of trust between you and your audience.

People buy from those they trust.

SEO Is A Waste of Time

The folks who say SEO is a waste of time are wrong. Sure, there are a few folks who do not do SEO and have enjoyed a world of success. Learn it and prosper more quickly is all I can say.

Learning Google’s likes and dislikes can do nothing but increase your profitability in a much shorter time frame.

Invest, Learn, Teach

Easy as pie, something you can do to recoup some of your investments in all those courses you have bought and paid for.

Do a scan of you hard drive …let me rephrase that. Do a ‘search’ on your hard drive for all files named *.pdf.

You invested time and probably some time into them. If they were profitable to you in any way, take some time and figure out how it was this material helped you. Determine what it was you learned.

Write a blog and teach others what you have learned. This makes you an expert in eyes of the 99% of folks who do not know what you now know and you are providing them with value in return for them reading your post.

Top Ten Lists

All those motivational and business books you have been reading and collecting? The lion’s share of them have some kind of top five or ten lists on some business related issue. Take that top ten list and turn it into a blog post.

Top Ten Lists Rock for Blog PostsFolks love top ten lists. A list takes a ton of information and condenses it down to a quickly mastered distillation of valuable knowledge.  These lists often give you a road map for discovering things you need to know.

Don’t have so many books or are in a tight? Your public library astonishingly has most of these books on their shelves and that is free. Make a run by your local bookstore to see what is hot and then check with your library. If they don’t have it they can generally get it by inter-library loan in a few days.

If this helps you, please comment and share.

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

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The Price of Gold Is Up! Horrors! The Price of Gold Is Down? Horrors, Take 2!

Ever notice that no matter WHAT gold is doing, it bodes ominously for the economy and the fate of mankind?

Watch the news; no matter which way metals are moving it is a terrible thing.

My opinion?  …and let me be clear, it is an opinion.

First, quit listening to the television.

Most of the financial experts are on the air because of their ‘gravitas’ ( a solid gag me until I die word if ever there were one) and not because of their ability to call accurately.

Second, keep buying, up or down. Call it dollar cost averaging like in the old days.

If the price is going up, it means what you have already purchased is worth more.

If it goes down, use it as a reason to buy MORE.

People run around bemoaning the fact that the price is so low, that the price of gold is being suppressed by manipulators at J.P. Morgan and like organizations.

So?

If that is true I say we celebrate and act like the capitalists we claim to be and pick up a stack.

I say you should quit worrying about the price of gold and silver and start worrying about coming into possession of a certain number of ounces, in your PERSONAL possession.

Here are my reasons why:

1. Focusing on grains, grams or ounces takes your mind off the theoretical price and onto something you can see taking shape right in front of you. Can you imagine being in possession of a green box of gold or silver? I can.

2. Physical ownership makes things safer and more secure for you should something really bad happen in the world. Shares in some vault makes me skittish. I am not saying you should not do this as I don’t know your situation. I AM saying at least some significant double digit percentage of your metals should be close enough to lay your hands on them anyways.

Best Regards,

Tim

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