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Improving Your Study Techniques

University of Groningen via FutureLearn

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Develop effective study skills for life

Learning is a fundamental part of life; many of us continue studying even when we leave formal education. This means good study skills are vital for all of us. Many, however, lack these skills and struggle to study effectively.

This course aims to change that. Through the course you will learn to become a better student by learning to apply the ‘three-step model’ of studying: previewing, summarising and revising. You will consider your use of time and learn how to make a realistic study plan. You will also learn how to tackle procrastination, deal with stress and keep motivated while studying.

This course for anyone currently studying including full-time students and people studying for professional or personal development. It might also be useful to anyone involved in the learning process, for example teachers, student advisors and family.

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Maple Hupkens

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This is the third course on studying/learning that I've taken so far, and by far the best out of the three. It was spread across four weeks and taught me a lot, I don't know how much someone who already knows a good deal about studying would get from this but these were my most important take-aways:...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
this is summary of what I learnt on the course. It was well put together and made me think more deeply about several things which I knew in a general way

- topic comment summaries

- three step method - previewing texts, studying, revising

- revising all the way through a course, not just at the end

- Ebbinghaus forgetting curve

- everyone suffers from procrastination & self doubt; it can be controlled with the right techniques

- actually prepare a timetable and detailed weekly plans with buffer times to ensure course work stays on target

- fixed versus closed mindsets; (Ie the mindset that says "I can't do this ...yet")

If you want something to help you succeed in your studies this is the course to take.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is a must do for all parents and teachers as well as adult learners/students who would like to make their learning easier.This course tells you the process of effective studying , the importance of motivation ,planning, procrastination and mindsets.In our country we do not teach children how t o learn.Students have to undergo lots of undue stress for not knowing the right process of learning . I feel schools should start teaching these techniques at the earliest. No knowledge will be a waste. So request everybody to enroll for the course ASAP.Thank You
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
For myself, I didn't find hearing from the students in videos particularly helpful and thought there were too many videos overall. Despite this, I am amazed at how concise each lesson was, presenting invaluable information so efficiently that each step was a breeze to understand. I cannot commend Anne-Miek Hermsen and Maple Hupkens enough. I am so grateful that my journey towards a degree has been relieved of some of its stress and am certain that the techniques described in this course will help keep me on track and prepared to do my best.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The target audience of the course is students and in my opinion every student should take it.

Short videos and articles, a lot of visualisation and authentic feedback from the students themselves help to digest the content in no time.

The course takes you on a journey of studying, what is there behind the lines, why you thoroughly enjoy some things and feel reluctant about others, why you avoid doing things and, most importantly, how to deal with all this stress about studying. Totally recommend it
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I'm so Happy, this is my first Course with a Dutch University I loved it. You introduced us to various concepts in learning effectively and possible risks too. I intend to work with many students in the future, this course helped me to understand better the learning process, risks and solutions.

Thank you Educators at Groningen and Future Learn for the opportunity!

David Ojah MSc MA

England
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I found this course to be very helpful and interesting. They cover how to deal with stress, procrastination, and motivation -among other things.

No matter how old you are or what you are studying. This is a very useful course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The best course I ever took!!!

It points you things you don't know and indirectly affect your performance. So by discovering them, you can tackle not only your studying activities more effectively but your entire life.

I really recommend taking this course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Had an idea of most of the topics, but was good to see it formalised. Also learned new techniques for revising and studying
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course helped me a lot, I could identify what I was doing wrong and now I am applying it a lot to my life. After the course, I could already see improvement on my studies, understand better about mindset, motivation, and the most important: planning my week in a reasonable way to make my schedule organised and focus. Its is also not very long or boring course, is very helpful for those who wants to succeed in your studies. Now I am more than happy to advice you through this feedback, if you have some spare time to start something that won't ask too much and will help you and give lots of tips of how you can make your day to day life better.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Have learned several new concepts and it helped me to emphasize the importance of repeating, revision in study.

However, it only offers part of the scope, does not mention that

1. you have to know that specific definition of a word that fits into the study scope,

2. the reason you probably you do not get something is that you skipped some earlier gradients of complexity, so you have to cut it in order to understand something very complex

3. and how to handle very abstract subject by visualizations.

Recommended as you'll learn a lot of useful info and will broaden your understanding of the learning topics.

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a very interesting and deep course which will help you to improve yous studying skills in different aspekts:

-time management, creating your own week and long-term plan with simple clear achieveable goals

-dividing your study process into 3 parts-perview-study-revise

-look at psycholigical aspekts of your stress, procrastination, motivation, delay

- learn more how your self-esteem affects your chances being successful in learning

- learning about gowth and fixed mindset which also will improve your study skills

I am so in love with this course!!!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I have been profoundly affected by this course. Positively.

The three step model (Preview, Study, Revise) were very helpful.

Their is a topic on growth mindset (you don't want to miss it).

How to avoid distractions, procrastination and stayed motivated. You will be very much interested.

The different study methods and study techniques? You don't want to be left out.

The time I spent on this course was worth it (I would have spend more time if need be).

Try it! Perhaps your review and transformation will be better than mine!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course is easy to follow, direct to the point and very rich of intuitions. It presents the student from a set of instruments useful to prepare for studying, previewing your readings/studies, learning how to read actively, learning the importance of reviewing (and following lectures), how to deal with procrastination and other themes. All is presented with videos, summary texts and very useful downloadable instruments.
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Tim H
Tim completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I thought the course was useful, interesting, and well put together. I'll find the different items discussed useful in my career.

It has been quite a while since I was a student, but there is always lots to learn in my job and the techniques I've learnt on this course will help. Recommended if you'd like to re-evaluate how you approach material.
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Chaitanya R
Chaitanya completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Kudos for offering many useful resources as downloads. This course is definitely practical and addresses student concerns well, as I found myself identifying so many issues that I deal with. At the same time, I also found myself unconsciously implementing some of the learnings from this course even before I was fully finished.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was very helpful to me in giving specific tips on how to plan your study, how to avoid procrastination, and in learning the importance of subdividing long tasks into smaller ones, so that you can maintain your concentration by the sense of accomplishment (or another reward) that you get after completing a task.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I enjoyed this course as the tutors are so knowlegable, enthusiastic and they provide practical ways of developing out study skills. I will make much uses of the resources and insights that we used such as the Pomodoro Technique and ther Growth Mindset. With these, I will be a much more effective students. Thanks very much!
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Γιώργος Τ
Γιώργος completed this course.
Excellent course with great value for students of all ages. A particularly good structure which kept it simple, but valuable and easy to use. The student videos were really good...as were the instructional videos. I liked how they were precise and to the point. Very helpful and instructional content.

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Superb course. Before starting this course, I was worried about forgetting things what I learned which makes me de-motivated to study. After doing the course, I got a clear idea about how to learn, the importance of revision in the learning process and how to stay motivated.
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