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Applying Innovation to Your Studies

Ways you can be Innovative Studying

November 05, 2018
By Allison Johnson, Blog Editor 

Students with laptops outside Jones Dining Center

This year’s Common Experience theme is innovation. We have had many speakers talk about how they used innovation to discover new things to help the world achieve milestones. Many of us hope to achieve many accolades in our careers, but before we do that we have to study. I’m sure David Eagleman and Jose Hernandez didn’t get to where they are without cracking a book open. Although, there’s other ways to study other than sticking your nose inside a book for five hours.

Studying a language? If you’re wondering how you can be innovative while studying for Spanish or French, you can check out the Shared Studios portal. There are portals you can connect with in various countries like Kenya, Mexico, and Germany. Students recently connected with a curator in Mexico City and she was fluent in four languages including French and Portuguese. One of the best ways to learn another language is to simply communicate in the language you are learning. Learn some things about someone’s culture while learning a new language. Take advantage of learning from someone who is a native speaker. Perfect your accent.

Mass communication majors should be excited to live in a time with great innovation. Whether you need to brush up on some video editing skills for an assignment or project, you have more tools than you may think you do. As long as you’re in good standing with the SJMC equipment room, you can rent video equipment for project use for two days. Get in your creative mindset and go make something great. Build your portfolio with some useful demo reel footage. After you’re done filming, turn in your equipment on time and check out the media lab in Old Main or Alkek Library for some editing software. Make sure to buy your own SD card to film. Also, utilize the YouStar Studio.

To math and science majors, I highly recommend teaching your peers the curriculum you are learning. If you’re someone who goes to SLAC or study groups, a great way to find out if you truly grasped the material is to teach it. Once you feel like you get the gist of the material, try to explain it to your peers. If you’re not 100% confident you can ask the tutor to track your work. They will guide you to the next step if you get lost. The best location for this method of studying is the SLAC lab on the fourth floor of Alkek, or in a study room with a dry-erase board. Remember, you make the most out of studying when you study what you don’t know. If you can teach the material, time to move on and study what you need help on.