TECHNIQUES OF STUDYING (for Criminology Board Exams

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By MELCON S. LAPINA, MSCrim 4th Place, Criminologists Licensure Board Examinations October 1996, Manila

STUDY HABIT
In studying, every person has his/her own way that fits his/her speed, ability to comprehend and other personal factors. Whatever the method is, the most important thing is there is consistency or a pattern of studying STUDY HABIT. Knowing study techniques therefore is nothing more than having a good study habit. This presentation provides useful tips in studying.

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Tips of Studying
‡ Attending Review Classes ‡ Maintaining Organized and Comprehensive Notes ‡ Self-Study and Research ‡ Group Discussions ‡ Regular Planning ‡ Balanced Study ‡ Mnemonics ‡ Prayer
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Attending Review Classes
Attend review classes religiously. Topics which are previously incomprehensible to you are oftentimes being discussed in plain and simple manner by reviewers. It will also help you remember concept clearly. REMEMBER THIS: Classroom discussion is interactive and no amount of reading or selfstudy can measure up the learning acquired through interaction.
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Organized and Comprehensive Notes
Some of the steps to attain this are: ‡ take notes in the class; ‡ upon reviewing of the notes, make your own notations to set out your comprehension of the topic; and ‡ research more on the topic to enrich your notes. REMEMBER THIS: Your notes come in handy to glance at than review handouts one or two weeks before the exams. During this time, lazy reviewees cram all their handouts just to meet the needed reading.
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Self-Study and Research
As a reviewee, you must know the schedule of review classes. If possible, ask the review director or reviewer (especially an in-house reviewer) of the syllabi of the subjects. From the syllabus, make the necessary reading and research. REMEMBER THIS: Having read in advance, you can ask questions to the reviewer on items that you find difficult to understand.
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Group Discussions
Indulging in group discussions will widen your view on the subject matter. Things that previously vague may be clarified by a member of a group who happens to know the matter. REMEMBER THIS: Group discussion is not limited to those attending. With today s mobile technology, an unresolved topic may be answered by a resource person (reviewer) from miles away.
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Regular Planning
It is a fact that with proper planning, a goal can well be attained. In your convenience, make a daily, weekly and monthly plan of your study. REMEMBER THIS: Avoid the habit of I still have time to study tomorrow. Invest in reading today because tomorrow is another investment. If possible, read eight hours a day.

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Balanced Study
In making a schedule of studying, be sure that it is not getting in the way with your sleep, your health, your sports/recreational activities and other routine tasks. REMEMBER THIS: A schedule that runs conflict with your routine will only result to a waste of time gaining little.

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Mnemonics
This is a very old, and still effective way to learn information that can be broken down easily into bits. Two common mnemonics are acronyms and acrostics.

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Mnemonics - Acronyms
Acronyms: The most common mnemonic used. This is simply using the first letters of the words to memorize. For example, POSDCORB is an acronym for Planning, Organizing, Staffing, Directing, CO-rdinating, Reporting and Budgeting.

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Mnemonics - Acrostics
These are useful when you can't easily make an acronym and there is a sequence you have to learn, where the items must be in a particular order. You take the first letter of each word of the sequence and use it for the beginning of words in a sentence you make up. In the primary fingerprint classification, for example, to know which number is numerator and denominator, one must use this: eveNumerator and odDenominator.
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Prayer
Prayer is a way of reminding ourselves that we are in the presence of God. There will often be times in life where we face stressful situations, such as an exam or a difficult meeting . It is at these times that prayer can come into it's own. Pausing before an important event, remember that God is with us, asking for his help and guidance, all these elements can transform the way we approach something. Source: http://www.lords-prayerwords.com/prayer_before.html
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