What are effective ways of memorizing written material (i.e. studying for an exam) without taking notes by hand? Have you successfully switched from taking handwritten notes and making diagrams to some other method? [more inside]
Do you study similarly to me? What else works for you? [more inside]
I am about to embark on a massive technical book reading escapade. Please share your information retention methods. [more inside]
I have just started my PhD, full time on teaching/research fellowship, in the same field I did my masters and bachelors degrees. This is my first semester, and I am expected to take the qualifying exams in January. Problem is, I seem to have forgotten a lot. I have been out of school for five years since my masters, and, studying for the quals, even topics that I have covered before, nothing seems to 'stick' to memory. [more inside]
A conversation w/ a friend has left me curious about adults and mnemonic devices. What mnemonics, perhaps learned or created as a student, do AskMefi-ites still 'consult'?
Is there any disadvantage in terms of long-term retention of information when studying off of a computer display, as opposed to studying from notes on paper? [more inside]