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Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Mr.Cheeks, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    People,

    What exactly is your style of reading, as in revision for certs, or even books in general?
    I ask this, because, for some reason, i can only read a book for no more than 30mins, as i actually start to feel drowsy/sleeping when reading for 35 mins non stop... What i do is, read for 30 mins, chill for 5/10 mins and then start again... I know having a break inbetween is good whilst studying, but should i really feel drowsy/sleepy???

    Having music or TV on in the background does not help, as i just cannot read and find this very distracting...

    Do anyone know why this happens, or know of a solution of some sort?... :blink

    Thanks
     
  2. greenbrucelee
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    I do exactly the same, I am as you'll know studying for the A+ I have been through Mike Meyers book and Trips book once, by reading for half hour then having a break 10 - minutes then picking up where I finshed and I split that over 3 - 4 hours so I am actually only readiong for about 2 hours, I do that every day.

    I am now going through the books a second time but this time as well as doing 2 hours reading I am highlighting important/revision points this aleviates the sleepiness I seem to get when reading.
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Read, do hands-on labs, repeat. :)
     
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  4. Theprof

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    Same as Michael. However I learn a lot better from hands on then reading. Some of my friends are better at theory then hands on.
     
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  5. eternalangel

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    i agree read chill read try eating less drink more water eat more fruit study outside get fresh air and enjoy it :D
     
  6. stuPeas

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    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease use some punctuation. :blink
     
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  7. eternalangel

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    AHHHHH I see , what you mean . Like this yeh commas and full stops, I was actually unaware of that i m deeply sorry this may sound ill , but its not im just stupid. My typing isnt too good. Accept the apology (It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, September 27. In a panic, they try to pull the plug. but its punctuation kicked in alrighty then.)
     
  8. stuPeas

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    What the hell are you talking about man: "it becomes self aware" does it, ooo.kkk. I wouldnt mind a pint of what you are drinking :blink
     
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  9. Mitzs
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    I read and then take note then read some more.
     
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  10. Ossian

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    Be active in your reading! if you sit in a comfy chair and read, it will all wash over you.
    Sit at a desk with a notepad beside you and take notes (or better still, make a mind map) as you go on.

    I take a "three step" approach to reading for study:
    1) Skip to pick up the gist of the section and the main points
    2) Re-read to start picking up KEY detail
    3) Read again to pick up full detail

    If you are mind mapping, you will add a new level of branches on each iteration -- if you are note-taking, leave enough space to fit in the levels of detail.

    In your notes, use colour to highlight key concepts, and consider highlighting the book as well -- you will remember it better.

    Tom
     
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  11. wizard

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    I feel sleepy after 35 minutes nothing to worry about, it is more than enough time to soak up what you have learned. Just put the book down for 10 to 15 minutes like you have been doing and then come back to it.

    God please stop rambling in threads, this is a sensible discussion, use "The Lounge" to post rubbish in!!
     
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  12. simongrahamuk
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    Cheeks, have you tried having multiple books on the go at once? Read a half hour on one, then when you start to doze off or get distracted move on to something completely different, or go and surf CF for a bit! 8)
     
  13. grim

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    i tend to read and takes notes as it helps me to remember if i have to write it down. also it compresses what i dont know into an easy revision guide at the end. i tend to feel tired if i'm forcing my self to read but if i'm really into it i don't find it a problem.

    grim
     
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    I'm the same as you cheeks - 30 mins and drowsy. I haven't found a solution for it yet. I guess a well-lit room is going to help, and taking regular breaks also.
     
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  15. stuPeas

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    I write key point down on blank postcards and use them later for revision. I find that room temperature has a lot to do with the falling asleep problem. If you study in a room that is a little cold, but not uncomfortably so, then you tend to stay alert. Classical (or any non repetitive) music playing very quietly also helps me absorb information: it gets them neurons firing away. :D
     
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    coffee helps and supposedly chewing gum does as well

    grim
     
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  17. BosonMichael
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    Sounds like it would look like one of kobem's posts. :rolleyes: heeheehee! :p
     
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    I find if read for more than thirty minutes or more (even sitting at a desk) I fall a sleep!!:(

    Although I did read in the New Scientist that your brain only takes in information/study with in the first 20 minutes. I can't remember what the solution was because I fell asleep at that point!:p:biggrin

    I think motivation, being strict with yourself by not having a TV on and shorts breaks is the answer!

    I read for 20 miutes, get up walk around, go myslef a cup of tea/coffee, stretch and then go back to reading. Once I get to the end of the chapter do questions and then re-read the chapter making short concise notes. It's the only way I find to make sure I have learnt something!!8)
     
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  19. Mr.Cheeks

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    Thanks for all of the input here guys, most appreciated...

    At least i know now that feeling sleepy is normal, which was my main concern...

    Thanks again.
     
  20. Mitzs
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    You won't find a book I own that I have used doesn't have highlights in it unless it is one of my collector books that has been signed by one of my friends. :ohmy well I take that back, I have marked in trips street book. Umm, sorry trip. :oops:
     
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