Sunday, 20 March 2016

How to Study from PPTs


This is a requested post. My classmate had asked me to write on this one when I told him I was done studying from the two PPTs our professor had mailed us for the internal exam that was yesterday.
There are no serious tips here, but just the procedure I use for studying from the PowerPoint presentations. 


DOWNLOADING PPT(S) AND PUTTING THEM IN FOLDERS
I hate it when the exam material is lying in the Downloads folders, amongst many movies and pictures. I have created a separate folder for my notes in the Documents. Every semester I make new folder. This semester, the name is MACJ Semester II Notes. After creating a folder, I have created more folders in the main folder. I have four subjects, so there are four different folders. Plus, additionally, I have added one for all the Assignments and one for previous years' Question Papers. When you download your PPTs or other study material, segregate them and put them in different folders. An organized folder is gonna keep you stress-free.


MAKING A STUDY SCHEDULE
Once you know how many PPTs of one subject you have to study, open them and check for the slides each one has. Divide the number of slides using this guide--http://goo.gl/HURVxB--and know exactly how many slides to finish studying in one single day.


I hate the boring plain coloured slides, or those with some heavy duty colours. I like my PPTs to be pretty, calm, and fun. You can play with colours and fonts of your slides using this guide.


READING SLIDES & MAKING SELF-NOTES
So now the main studying starts. Start reading the slides, preferably on a computer or a laptop. Sit with your self-notes. Whenever you come across anything important, like an important line, a chart, an example, a formula, or simply anything you wanna make a note of, go ahead and write. You can make charts, make distinguish-between columns, add extra information from the net, print extra information and stick, use stick-notes, highlighters, and flags, and make your self-notes readable.

GLANCING THROUGH THE SELF-NOTES
Once you're done reading and writing notes, just glance through whatever you've written. You can add more information if you like. 

READING FOR EXAMS
Finally, when you study the notes one day before the main exam, read thoroughly or casually; the choice is yours. I usually just glance or say aloud the answer without reading the notes. If I can say aloud without seeing, I know I've understood the concept. Here are some tips for the last minute study guide: http://goo.gl/XNMis5

How do you study from PPTs?
xoxo