Active Learning Strategies – “Clear as Mud”
This is a really simple and great strategy for creating a list of questions that you can use to help your understanding of a topic. If you do this every class, and keep an ongoing list of questions, you will have a great little study guide to help prepare for mid-terms and final exams.
At the end of each class as yourself the following questions:
“What was the “muddiest point” in today’s class?” (What you don’t understand)
“What was the “clearest” point” in today’s class?” (What you can explain to someone else)
Write down your quick responses and keep adding to the same list all semester.
Why do this…
Taking a quick moment to think about “what do I really understand and could teach someone else?” and “what I am a bit fuzzy on?” is a great way to check in with your learning. If you can explain it to someone else, then you understand it well. If you would have trouble explaining it to another person, then this is a cue to ask for help or spend a little more time studying this new information.
This will take under 2 minutes and you will have an ongoing list. Also, this is a way of making the new knowledge stick around your brain a little longer. You are enhancing your memory!
You can always book an appointment with a counsellor for more personalized assistance with your study skills and strategies by calling 905-575-2211 or coming down to “The Square – C102” on the Fennell Campus and booking an appointment.
Your Success Coach,
Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling)
Success Coach & Counsellor @ Mohawk College
Mohawk College – Fennell Campus – “The Square” C102