Lesson 15: Wrap-Up
Did you read one Wiki article?
If you have printed out these lessons and put them
into a 3-hole binder, you have the equivalent of a medium-
That wasn't so difficult, was it?
You can eat an elephant, one bite at a time.
If you have done what I recommended, you are on track
to survive your first semester in college.
I have two questions for you: (1) Have you done what
I recommended? (2) Will you stay with the program?
In other words, have you internalized these study
methods? Have they become habits? If so, you will
probably stick with the program. If not, then you had
better review the entire course. See what you just could
not bring yourself to do. Then start doing it.
Time-management is the most important general skill
that I have tried to impart to you. This is the skill that
will pay off the highest through the rest of your life.
For purposes of improving your grades, one technique
stands out above the rest. Which one do you think it is?
If you guessed, "lecture to the wall," go to the head of
Lecturing to the wall is the little-known,
spectacularly effective study technique that almost no one
will use, even those few who know about it. But you know
about it. And you're in a position to put this knowledge
If you get this one study technique internalized, you
almost cannot fail to graduate from high school and college
with good grades.
But there were other techniques that you learned:
End each day by scheduling tomorrow'
Use this: A, B, and C
Locate a study partner.
Convert bus time to review time.
Don't read in a soft, deep chair.
Use 3x5 cards to ask questions after class.
Use vocabulary cards for foreign
Use earplugs when doing homework.
Budget time at the beginning of an exam.
Write down instructions.
Schedule fun times.
Cut back on TV.
Buy used (battered) textbooks.
Mark up these textbooks at home.
Drop a killer class for study hall.
Take that class in summer.
Read a chapter fast the first time.
Review chapter-end questions.
Then read it slowly, with a highlighter.
Lecture to the wall.
Review class notes on the day you take them.
Don't use detailed outlines.
Write from the heart; then revise.
Read and clip the daily
This skill is crucial until you leave school. After
that, you will rarely use it again. The same is true of
If you can get the knack of taking machine-graded
exams, you can save thousands of dollars on college.
That's because of the CLEP and AP exams. Some of you will
save tens of thousands of dollars by passing these exams --
or your families will. I hope your parents will share some
of that saved money with you on the day you receive your
If you learn how to take CLEP exams, you can walk into
college as a junior, having saved up to $70,000 in tuition,
room, board, and books. Saving $20,000 is duck soup --
nothing to it.
If you take my advice and skip walking into college,
you can earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited
university for an additional $7,500 or so.
This brings us to the next stage of your self-
education. You have now finished my study skills course.
Maybe you have not internalized all of my recommended
techniques, but you have probably become a better student
than you were a month ago.
Yes? No? Or aren't you sure yet?
No matter. Your grades will tell the truth.
Decide how you want to earn your degree. Which of my seven alternative tracks appeal to you?
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