STUDY ORGANIZE STRATEGIZE
Do you wake up in a cold sweat, trying to be a super student? Does your bed partner include books, notebooks, pens, caffeine, computer, and chocolate trying to complete your studies? Do you find yourself sitting with a blank stare on your face?
Well, this is the book for you! Learn how to Study by Rowntree.
You can be a super student by studying smartly. His methods will provide you with peace, self-confidence, encouragement, and downright common sense. Imagine yourself reading a book while leaning in a recliner, watching the beach waves, and drinking a nice cold glass of iced lemonade tea. This can be you if you apply the S.O.S. “Study, Organize, and Strategize.”
This book brought comfort to my soul. It’s a part of my “inner library” and I can talk about it as if I read the whole book.
Study for Learning (location 7)
You need to understand your purpose for reading the book. Rowntree says, “You may have an academic, vocational or personal purposes in studying, you may also have intrinsic or extrinsic ones.” (Location 446) He suggests you focus on intrinsic. “Relish the parts of your course that are intrinsically satisfying—whether academically, vocationally or personally; but don’t neglect the parts that simply have to be done for extrinsic reasons” (location 478) Once you decide your purpose for studying a particular book you will be able to get the knowledge you want out of the book, therefore, being successful.
Studying does not mean you believe everything the author says but use some critical thinking. Rowntree says, “You should be prepared to process that you are reading or hearing with a critical eye and ear. Consider yourself as an active partner in a conversation.” This is similar to what Bayard was saying when he commented on reading a book, “The test’s mobility is enhanced whenever it participates in a conversation or a written exchange where it is animated by the subjectivity of each reader…” 
Organize for Learning (location 7)
Organizing your studies assist you in focusing and finishing your goals. Rowntree says, “students who can organize themselves are generally more successful hat those who can’t. Students who are average but well-organize are sometimes seen to perform better that others who are brilliant but ill-organized. Being organized might enable you to be more successful.” (Location 1341) Organizing improves your work and health. Balancing your life activities is essential. With our studies, we need to organize our reading resources and determine how we will use the information we gathered to prepare a paper that clearly reflects our knowledge of our topic. Organization includes plotting our time, whether it is daily, weekly, or monthly. There needs to be consistency.
Strategize for Learning (location 8)
You need to develop a strategy on how you plan to approach your studies to produce a paper that explores the ingredients of your topic and captivate the intrinsic of your readers. Rowntree offers the SQ3R. “It stands for the initial letters of five successive stages of tackling any printed material: Survey, Question, Read, Recall, and Review.” (Location 2040) These stages are similar to what we have read and heard these past few weeks. To help you with getting the meat of the book, “one should read the reviews, table of contents, etc., address any questions you have, read the resource, and ponder on what you read, take notes, and review what you have covered.” (location 2496-2509)
Using these strategies for the next three years will give us a similar satisfaction as tasting the Vitameatavegamin several times.
 Pierre Bayard, How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read (New York, NY: Bloomsbury USA, 2010).
 Ibid. 108pg
note: I apologize for the location numbers, my kindle did not download the page version. ugh!