Study Technique

Study Technique is about the specific techniques/ methods that can be used in your studies. It includes e.g. techniques that are about reading, memory and note-taking. 

Björn Liljeqvist is an experienced lecturer in the subject and has for several years run his own company BrainGain, where he’s educates in applied study technique. He is a trained civil engineer from Chalmers and knows how it is to study here. 

Without a good study technique, most people get problems – regardless of previous grades. What can you do before the course starts? While a lecture is in progress? After a class moment? Learn how to read thick textbooks, how to make time available while improving memory and stopping postponing things. Develop your learning ability and become sharper! 

Due to the circumstances this year, no physical lectures will be given at Chalmers. Materials will be available as recorded films in Chalmers Play. 

Films about study technique with Björn Liljeqvist

1. Become a better student 

What are study skills? How do you learn more in a given time? This series on study skills starts with an overview. We talk about different types of knowledge, reading skills, how to build good study habits and use our time efficiently. 

2. Before. During. After. Three types of study sessions.

Before: Overview, preview, planning. 
During: Active learning, to acquire new knowledge by making your own version of it. 
After: Repetition and reflection, to make sure you retain what you learn. 
Most study techniques belong in one of these three groups. 

3. How to read the course literature

Academic literature isn't like reading fiction. We need to read course books in several steps or stages. We start by familiarizing ourselves, then we go into the details and learn the relevant information. 

4. Get it done. Building habits and routines

It's not just about learning, it's also about studying regularly without putting things off for tomorrow. What techniques can we use to build regular habits and avoid procrastination? 

5. Study skills for problem-solving

To study mathematics or technical courses is a bit different since a lot of the knowledge is about applied problem solving, in addition to theoretical understanding. This is a practical skill, which we have to approach in the right way.

6. How to remember what you learn

We can improve our memory by becoming better at creating memories when 
we study, and then strengthening these memories by efficient repetition 
systems.

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Published: Wed 23 Sep 2020.