Developing Good Study Habits

Tip # 10                      Ask Questions, the Five W’s and 1 H

It’s okay to ask questions.  In fact the more questions the better.  If you don’t ask, you will never know.  There are two places to ask your questions.  The first place is in the classroom.  If you don’t understand what the teacher is explaining ask that question that is in your mind.  You should not be embarrassed that either the teacher or your classmates will think you are stupid.  Ten chances to one, the question you ask is the question your classmates are asking but are too afraid to ask it out loud.  You have just become the spokesperson for your classmates and you don’t even know it!

The second place to ask is while you are reading your text.  Use your five W’s and 1 H questions.  What are the 5 W’s and 1 H questions?  They are when, where, who, what, why and how.  For example the other day a young student was studying about malaria in her Biology book.  One of the questions in her text was:  Only female mosquitoes bite humans and sparrows to cause malaria because: a) They need blood for maturation of their eggs, b) Male mosquitoes cannot bite , c) Plasmodium can survive only in female mosquitoes, d) all of the above.  Her question was why only the female mosquito; do not male mosquitoes bite?  Good question!  The textbook didn’t really address the issue of male mosquitoes.  Furthermore research was done on only females not males.  So the information begs the question why?  Why were experiments done on only female mosquitoes?  She searched for the answers on the Internet.  She discovered that the male doesn’t bite because he doesn’t have a biting mouth and it is the female that needs blood for maturation of eggs.  Now she knows.  Only females were used in the experiments because males do not bite and secondly it is the females that need our blood.

So ask away, ask and then search for the answers, whether you ask your teacher, search another text, ask a tutor, ask the Internet or etc.  You may even consider joining an academy like Alberta Rose Education Centre where questions are welcomed by competent tutors.  If you ask questions you are engaged in meaningful learning.  Meaningful learning produces understanding.  Understanding produces long term memory.  That translates to better grades.

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