I have spent a lot of time reading and watching videos on study tips and how to better retain what I have been studying. There is a general consensus of what works, but it mostly comes down to what works best for you.
Here is what I have come up with as my studying habits
- Build a learning schedule
- I wake up early (around 5am) and start doing some reading and take some notes.
- Around 8pm after the little man goes to bed I’ll get back to studying, either reading and writing notes or doing a lab.
- Any other time I can find I’ll take advantage of as well. Example: I’ll listen to audio while driving or mowing the lawn
- Read pressbook(s)
- Highlight as reading
- Currently reading in digital formats, either on Kindle or iPad using the Safari Queue App (more on this below)
- I like to read the book fully and then go back through it once more after watching videos of the subjects to help clear up anything I may not have fully understood
- Go back through chapters again and handwritten notes
- I have been hand writing the notes on my iPad using the native Apple Notes app. I switched from old school paper and pencil because when I’m on the road, I may forget to pack the notebook, but I always have my iPad with me.
- The Notes app also syncs across all my devices seamlessly (I’m fully bought into the Apple ecosystem)
- New – type up notes and post into blog for everyone to enjoy and learn from
- I start by typing my notes into Pages (another Apple app which saves to iCloud) and transfer into a blog post. I’m still figuring out the differences of format between the 2 since photos don’t copy over.
- I used to use onenote for this, however with what I have seen coming out in iOS11, I wanted to start building the habit of using the apple notes app.
- Watch videos and actively take notes
- Active engagement is important. If I don’t actively engage I find that my mind will wonder and I’ll miss what was being discussed.
- Watching videos also has the amazing advantage of being able to pause, rewind, speed up and slow down the recording. Allows for time to take notes or follow along doing a lab
- Always be Labbing (ABL)
- I have build a Collab lab in my basement, it’s a work in progress. I’ll make another post dedicated to going through what I have setup
I have a Safari Online Books subscription which makes it much easier for me to consume books and have quick access. I was first introduced to this in college when a professor didn’t want us to get the physical book. Now that I’m at Cisco, there is a subscription I can take advantage of. What I like about this service is the ability to easily access any technical book. I have a queue built of about 30 books that I can easily move between and access from any device (laptop, phone, iPad) and have the highlights follow. There are also videos that can be added to the queue to give more options for different learning styles. I would highly suggest this site for anyone who is studying any subject.
I hope this is helpful for anyone who is studying and looking for other ideas on how to study and remember what you’ve studied.
Latest video that I’ve watched and looking to incorporate some of these tips