The biggest thing I’ve been trying to figure out of late is what constitutes “enabling knowledge” for this subject that I am trying to prepare for. As part of the solution, I’ve tried figure out essential points for various topics (found in the SHORT NOTES section)
But now I am interested in what could be the most essential case studies that could help others who are struggling to even begin a decent content bank.
Yet I can’t reiterate enough the risks that come with spoonfeeding. Should learners be given bundles of notes or readings, there is an expectation that these will be directly exam-worthy. But there is no such guarantee.
Indeed, nothing can take the place of wide reading and taking a genuine interest in local developments and the affairs of the world. But I will nontheless try to demystify some content concerns, for myself, in order to help others
Truth be told, part of me feels that the readiness to absorb and retain details and any knowledge stems from the perceived usefulness of that knowledge. Put another way, the excellent learner is someone who sees content acquisition as firstly, something that he absolutely must do and secondly, something that he can do. The former fails without the latter, and vice versa.
So here are some questions that learners may need to consider :
1) How badly do I need to know this content ?
Answer : Chances are, you won’t bother learning what is not needed.
2) Do I know the right learning strategies for me to study the content ?
Answer : There are plenty of techniques to try for different kinds of learners, so find out what suits you best. Also find out from your teacher why he/she uses his/her present methods. It’s because he/she intends to get you to learn something or perform a certain task in a way that optimises your chances of success. Then, you can align your studying accordingly.
3) Do I believe I can accomplish this act of learning and knowledge retention ?
Answer : Believing you can do it matters. The lack of belief puts to waste the content and techniques that are laid out before you. One cautionary note : Belief, without having suitable techniques to streamline, organise and learn knowledge, will often lead to frustration, because all the ‘blind effort’ bears little fruit.
“The ancestor of every action is a thought.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Never confuse motion for action.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Action expresses priorities.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” – Anthony Robbins