How to Study Better, Understand More and
Actually “Get” What You Want to Learn
Scott H Young
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About the Book
Holistic learning is a process for learning more effectively. The concept for holistic learning came out of several small articles I wrote beginning with a popular entry entitled, “How to Ace Your Finals Without Studying.” The main idea I presented was that some people effortlessly learn new concepts and material while others struggle. I believe that the difference between these factors is mostly due to a process called holistic learning. As many people who read the initial articles on holistic learning commented, you may notice that your own learning style closely reflects holistic learning. Holistic learning isn't a new technique or revolutionary idea. It is simply a way of explaining how smart people think!
If you don't have time to read the book, here is a quick summary of what it's about:
Holistic learning is the opposite of rote memorization. Instead of learning through force, your goal is to create webs of information that link together. Your goal when learning anything is to create a construct or an underlying understanding. Constructs are formed from models, chunks of understanding that aren't completely accurate but can be used to solve problems.
You create webs of information, constructs and models by visceralizing, metaphor and exploring
Holistic learning works with highly conceptual information where there is an underlying system. It doesn't work well with arbitrary information or skills.
Table of Contents
A Quiz and a Contest
Holistic Learning: Introduction
Holistic Learning VS Rote Memorization
Creating a Construct
Start With a Model
How to Learn Holistically
Method One: Visceralization
Method Two: Metaphor
Method Three: Explore
Criticisms of Holistic Learning
Continuing With Holistic Learning
It’s already noon and I’m getting that
gnawing feeling in my stomach like a small child
making demands in a toy store. I tell myself it’s
lunchtime and that seems to satiate me as if I just
told the kid he might have the toy if he just shuts up
for a bit. The intercom interrupts me and calls me
down to the office. What now?
“Looks like you have a test to write,” the secretary says cheerfully. What? I don’t remember being asked to write a test. My stomach seems to snarl at me in contempt of my earlier attempts to placate it. “Just go down the hall, you can write your exam in there.” Chemistry. One of those scholastic contests. Usually multiple choice. Although they are supposed to test you on the course material, they always slip in questions based on stuff you’ve never even seen before. Probably to separate out the kids that just went to class and those that went to extended study sessions and bought University textbooks. I just wish I had known about it beforehand.
Just get it over with. We didn’t cover
most of the questions in class, but a little bit
of creativity can go a long way. I have sixty
minutes, but I finish in forty. Likely a silent
bargain my subconscious made with my
Three weeks go by.
“Congratulations. Looks like first place.” Ten names go down in descending order. I feel a bit of pride being the only person outside the big city to be on the list. First place and a check for a...
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