Learning Skills

Complete Study Guides


For General Education 110

Pre-Socratic Philosophy

For General Education 111

The Idea of America

Complete Study Guides   We've now covered every element that goes into a study guide: topics, theses, information, and significance. When you compose a study guide for yourself, you want to include all those elements, not just the information. A complete study guide will do the following:
  • It will organize information according to the topics and theses which organize that information in the source book.
  • It will focus on the most important information. The topics or theses are the highest level pieces of information; other information is indicated as important by the text in various ways: by being indicated in headings, by becoming the subject of long discussions, or by being signalled physically (bold face type or by some remark like, "the most important aspect is . . .").
  • It will indicate the significance of the information you've selected as information that you're going to memorize. In other words, a complete study guide indicates significance for every piece of information or every fact or every date. Significance is more than just the "why" of the information, it's also the use that the information can be put to. You should physically indicate significance (for instance, by creating a column in the study guide for it or by using the word SIGNIFICANCE before your significance entry). When you memorize a fact or piece of information, always memorize its significance.

The Assignment

For General Education 110

   For this assignment you are to produce a study guide using the guidelines above for the material on Pre-Socratic philosophy. Make sure that your study guide indicates the topics and theses of the page and distinguishes important from less important information. Make sure as well that you indicate and describe the significance of the information that you're including; the significance should apply as precisely as possible to the information that you're applying it to.

For General Education 111

   For this assignment you are to produce a study guide using the guidelines above for the textbook readings contained in the learning module, The Idea of America. Make sure that your study guide indicates the topics and theses of the page and distinguishes important from less important information. Make sure as well that you indicate and describe the significance of the information that you're including; the significance should apply as precisely as possible to the information that you're applying it to.


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