Friday, November 6, 2015

"A.S.P.I.R.E." A Study System

Studying effectively requires some good strategies. The acronym A.S.P.I.R.E allows to remember these strategies. "A" stands for "Approach/Attitude/Arrange". "S" stands for "Select/Survey/Scan". "P" stands for "Piece together the parts". "I" stands for "Investigate/Inquire/Inspect". "R" stands for "Re-examine/Reflect/Relay". "E" stands for "Evaluate/Examine/Explore".

 A: Approach/attitude/arrange
    • Approach your studies with a positive attitude
    • Arrange your schedule to eliminate distractions
S: Select/survey/scan
    • Select a reasonable chunk of material to study
    • Survey the headings, graphics, pre- and post questions to get an overview
    • Scan the text for keywords and vocabulary: mark what you don’t understand
P: Piece together the parts:
    • Put aside your books and notes
    • Piece together what you've studied, either alone, with a study pal or group:
      summarize what you understand.
I: Investigate/inquire/inspect:
    • Investigate alternative sources of information you can refer to:
      other text books, websites, experts, tutors, etc.
    • Inquire from support professionals (academic support, librarians, tutors, teachers, experts,) and other resources for assistance
    • Inspect what you did not understand.
R: Reexamine/reflect/relay
Reexamine the content | Reflect on the material | Relay understanding
    • Reexamine:
      What questions are there yet to ask? Is there something I am missing?
    • Reflect:
      How can I apply this to my project? Is there a new application for it?
    • Relay:
      Can I explain this to my fellow students? Will they understand it better if I do?
E: Evaluate/examine/explore:
    • Evaluate your grades on tests and tasks: look for a pattern
    • Examine your progress: toward achieving your goals
Explore options: with a teacher, support professional, tutor, parent if you are not satisfied. Source: 
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