Written By Guest Blogger Shelley C.
This week I was not able to study on the computer because I was camping. I was acutely aware of some of the advantages of studying from the book versus studying on the computer. I am still a bit old school in that I do well with the overall big picture in front of me. I think that the EA Prep book allows me to read over the entire topic, highlight what areas I feel unsure of, and then review them quickly. Although I can do this on the computer in a similar manner by marking questions for review at a later time, the book gives me the opportunity to review the entire topic at a glance. From here, I create flip cards to write down formulas or charts that I want to commit to memory. Then I can put them in my purse and pull them out to review while I’m waiting at a doctor’s office or waiting for my kids to be finished with a rehearsal. I think I am going to go one step further and color code the different topics so that I can see at a glance what topics I need to focus on until I have mastered them. I find that if I break my study areas into biteable chunks, I don’t feel so overwhelmed.
The book is also laid out so well with the different topics and subtopics supporting each other. Again, I learn better by keeping the big picture in mind and then filling in the “puzzle pieces” so to speak. When I find that there is a “puzzle piece” that I am unsure of, I find questions and discussions in the book that relate to that topic. The answer explanation helps break down why one of the answers is correct and why the others are not. I find this VERY helpful. I know this is also available in the computer format, but I can highlight the book. These are just some points to consider when you are planning your study strategy or find a topic that you need a bit more help with. Keep up the good work!