Why Many Students Hate Lecture Notes

The answer is simple: simply because they discover the content of lecture notes (and other study materials such as textbooks, etc.) very hard to consume. This really is demotivating because students see no progress in mastering and have the struggle and it will be...


...well, a disaster! So how can we help?

Maybe you have considered the simple proven fact that should you read some story, you like reading it, since you constitute your internal pictures as well as movies of the plot while you read? Well, precisely the point! During stories there are numerous concrete nouns [=words that describe people, places, objects, colors] and a lot of action verbs [words that describe what you do = action], study materials targeted at the higher education student have not many concrete and lots of abstract nouns [such as descriptions of states, intellectual concepts, and jargon pertaining to the subject of study] and incredibly few action-oriented, but lots of nonspecific, auxiliary, or passive verbs. The key difference would be that the concrete nouns and action verbs in stories are easy for us to visualise, while the abstract nouns and compound auxiliary and nonspecific verbs in study materials have no pictures.


To provide you with a good example, here is a story: I'm walking down a basic country lane. Nobody around, just me during my jeans and walking boots, squeezing a half-full bottle water in my hand. It is a nice pleasant day, birds are twittering, trees are gently whispering the rustle of their leaves. Suddenly I hear a noise in the distance. It sounds like a motorbike or a car. After which I notice it's getting closer and closer. Before I realize it, it whizzes past me...

By the way, what was it that whizzed past you while you were imagining this while reading the excerpt above? And what color was it?

And here is an extract from a study material: The dissociation process isn't necessarily effective and often other things must be done to deal effectively with one of these types of problems. during this case, however, the procedure was extraordinarily effective and there were not many repetitions from the common patterns of emotional breakdown.

Well, In my opinion I've proven the point ample! And, surprise, surprise, exactly the same pertains to legal, corporate, and business documentation.


Just how are we able to assist the university student to say no the invitation to the next party and give the void time for you to studying?


visualise because the content you read as you possibly can! For abstract nouns, you should use symbols, things, places, people, and even colors. Go with whatever one thinks of first. Which will be significant for your brain - otherwise it wouldn't have come up!
Verbs are kind of easier - somehow the brain finds the passive verb more digestible. But passive verb may be easily changed into active verb. So convert passive to active around you are able to!
And once you have clusters of concepts, place them right into a story. Constitute a movie like a film director - regardless of the setting and characters, as long as your brain has some visual representation of what you're reading that makes sense to you and it is an easy anchor for retrieval.


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