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Mentalrobics™

You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!

SQ5R stands for Survey, Question, Read, Record, Recite, Review, and Reflect and is an extension of the SQ3R discussed earlier. The two added steps are described as follows:

Record

After reading each section, you should record the main ideas. Highlight the key phrases (keeping in mind our suggestions for good highlighting skills), write notes in the margins, and write down the answers to your questions (and any new questions that you may have).

Reflect

This is where you think about the ideas you have learned and try to draw conclusions from them. Do you agree with the material? Does it relate to something else that you know? Take time to organize the information in your mind.

Other study systems that are nearly identical to the ones we have discussed:

PQRST (Preview, Question, Read, Self-Recitation, Test)
PQ4R (Preview, Question, Read, Reflect, Recite, Review)
OARWET (Overview, Ask, Read, Write, Evaluate, Test)

 



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