Learning tool; Voice Notes app on smart phones

This is in addition to the Gary North lecture to the wall method,

Here is his father’s description of the problems that Noah was facing.

I noticed that Noah was experiencing a difficulty identical to my own experience when I was his age. One reads the book but doesn’t really absorb it. Problem solving becomes an exercise in scrambling back through the text looking for formulas and combining these with computing tricks such as dimensional analysis. As the physics advanced, his error rate grew as high as 30%.

Then we read The Overnight Student by M. L. Jones, available from Louis Publishing, 1105 Inverness Lane, Bellingham, WA 98226. This book advocates that the student become an oral teacher of an imaginary class.

Noah tried this. Now, for about an hour each day, he closets himself in the press room where we have installed the equipment used to print and mail Access to Energy. There, he teaches the physics orally in small segments to an imaginary audience as he reads through the book. Students are naturally shy. None of us has heard him do this.

The result — his study time is reduced; he understands the material better; and his problem solving error rate has fallen essentially to 0%.

I guarantee you, you would never have found out about this technique or Dr. Jones’ book if you had not subscribed to my study course. His book out of print today. It’s almost impossible to find. The publishing company is gone.

I call his technique “lecture to the wall.” If ever a study technique is off the wall, it’s this one.

Read a passage in a book — maybe only a page. Then close it. Lecture to the wall. You summarize in your own words what you have just read. If you can’t remember what you’ve just read, re-read the passage. Then try again.

When you lecture to the wall, record your lecture in voice notes. Then listen to those voice notes whenever you are driving, riding, walking, pedaling, or whenever you aren’t occupied with something that requires your full attention.

When you read your textbooks and the professor’s Power Point presentations (almost all professors use PP nowadays), read them aloud with Voice Notes in recording mode. I think it’s better to hear your own voice than the professors. I noticed that when record is on, I repeat and emphasize certain things, and then when I hear myself emphasizing those things, it helps me retain the information very well.

Give it a try and post comments here!


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1 Response to Learning tool; Voice Notes app on smart phones

  1. anon443 says:

    Supposedly there are the three types of learners, visual (by reading) auditory (by listening) and kinetic (by doing), this is kinetic learning. While each person supposedly leans towards one of the other, a mix of all three usually works well for everyone.

    If you can get at least one person to listen to your lecture, and ask questions, it’s even more effective.

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