First Meeting of Hilo Study Group

Next week will be the tenth week of classes at UH-Hilo and HCC. By now students should have gotten a good idea of what their work load will be for the rest of the semester. Next week will be an excellent opportunity for students to begin regular study sessions in between their classes. Thus, Spring Break will be a great opportunity to get together a study group and hit the books.

A group leader should be flexible to accommodate most everyone’s class schedule. Students should agree on having a consistent study group schedule. It would be more effective if the study group agree to meet regularly during the week. At least for about half an hour to an hour. The students should not only discuss about code, but to complete things like paced reading drills, quick spider mapping exercises, and memory encoding exercises. The group is a good size consisting of about five people, at the moment.

If you feel you are busy with you classes now, imagine how busy you will be if any of you were to fall behind in your respective course assignments. Next, the familiar cycle begins where you begin to wish you had more time to do all your other equally important things. Even more frustrating, you should anticipate the times when your classes will begin to get more difficult to complete, especially when you contemplate the challenge of completing a 4-year computer science degree. Learning and building valuable study skills now, will help you get back that time you would have spent re-reading chapters of information, and re-remembering cloudy concepts from linear notes. Especially notes that were crafted in their best handwriting.

Whatever you learned in English 102 College Reading, you should know that you can actually do better. You need to learn how to achieve faster reading comprehension, as well as better encoding of information to memory, memory retention and accurate memory recall of text you have read.

Excluded are notes on a technical reading training presented back in 2009. Most students have profoundly, positive experiences in completing the technical reading training. When applied properly, these reading skills will free up time in your current busy schedule. Such that you may do other things like spending time teaching people how to use their brain better.

Three things are required to make this work.

First, remember the phonetic key any way you can by next week Wednesday.

Second, a copy of your class hours during the week by next week Wednesday.

Third, look over the attached information. The slide deck alone is over a hundred slides. Not every slide will be reviewed since it would take up too much time.


I am a technologist with a strong background in software engineering. I have many interests. My current distractions are 70s-80s-90s music [it's a very eclectic collection], ontology, information architecture, mobile device technology, medical bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and nanorobotics.

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