Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Sunday, October 30, 2011

How to Study, II

Q: What modern institution developed from medieval institutions of the kind depicted in the image to the right?

A: If you answered 'university' then you are absolutely right. See the lecturer reading from his notes? And the students scribbling stuff down in their own notebooks?

Yes, the process is largely unchanged for quite a long time now.

Not very efficient is it either, for the students I mean. For an alternative approach, and some empirical evidence in support of it, read what Tom Stafford has to say at Make study more effective, the easy way. (The comments are interesting too.)

Image from wikimedia commons (public domain).