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Updated on Tuesday, August 5

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QUESTION: What do you think is the best way to study for Arts classes? History, Poli Sci, Soc...mostly.

4 comments

  1. Poli Sci: pick out major concepts and be able to explain them using multiple examples. For the essays - they are usually tutorial or major/reoccuring discussion topics from class. Have examples, counter argument and bullet points ready so you can write quickly without having to start from scratch when you get there.

    Main thing: examples, examples, examples.

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  2. Re-reading is a good idea, as is writing out paragraphs as practice to explain concepts. Cue cards can be helpful for key terms, but with many arts classes, especially when the material is more abstract, the most you can do when you're studying is understand broad concepts and be able to apply them to a given scenario.

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  3. There is no best way. Every person studies differently; the way people retain information or make connections is highly individual.

    Honestly, the best way to "study" for arts classes is to do all the readings, attend all the lectures/tutorials, and then TALK with someone about what you know, especially someone who isn't in the class. You'll find the act of rephrasing the information in your own words and having to make it intelligible to someone else is the best way to learn it yourself. Try it.

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  4. READ! READ THE SOURCE MATERIAL. READ EXTERNAL MATERIAL. READ READ AND RE-READ.

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