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  1. Lesson One - Pre-reading

    The Power of Prereading - Part One
  2. The Power of Prereading - Part Two
  3. The Power of Prereading - Part Three
  4. The Power of Prereading - Part Four
  5. The Power of Prereading - Part Five
  6. Lesson Two - Single Tasking
    Single Tasking - Part One
  7. Single Tasking - Part Two
  8. Single Tasking - Part Three
  9. Single Tasking - Part Four
  10. Single Tasking - Part Five
  11. Lesson Three - Recognition and Recall
    Recognition and Recall - Part One
  12. Recognition and Recall - Part Two
  13. Recognition and Recall - Part Three
  14. Recognition and Recall - Part Four
  15. Recognition and Recall - Part Five
  16. Lesson Four - Question Logging
    Question Logging - Part One
  17. Question Logging - Part Two
  18. Question Logging - Part Three
  19. Question Logging - Part Five
  20. Question Logging - Part Four
  21. Lesson Five - The Testing Effect
    The Testing Effect - Part One
  22. The Testing Effect - Part Two
  23. The Testing Effect - Part Three
  24. The Testing Effect - Part Four
  25. The Testing Effect - Part Five
  26. Lesson Six - Taking Notes
    Taking Notes - Part One
  27. Taking Notes - Part Two
  28. Taking Notes - Part Three
  29. Lesson Seven - Foundational Learning
    Foundational Learning - Part One
  30. Foundational Learning - Part Two
  31. Foundational Learning - Part Three
  32. Foundational Learning - Part Four
  33. Foundational Learning - Part Five
  34. Lesson eight - Deep Learning
    Deep Learning - Part One
  35. Deep Learning - Part Two
  36. Deep Learning - Part Three
  37. Deep Learning - Part Four
  38. Deep Learning - Part Five
  39. Lesson nine - High Yield Learning
    High Yield Learning - Part One
  40. High Yield Learning - Part Two
  41. High Yield Learning - Part Three
  42. High Yield Learning - Part Four
  43. High Yield Learning - Part Five
  44. Lesson ten - The Testing Effect
    The Testing Effect - Part One
  45. The Testing Effect - Part Two
  46. The Testing Effect - Part Three
  47. The Testing Effect - Part Four
  48. The Testing Effect - Part Five
  49. Lesson eleven - active and passive learning
    Active and Passive Learning - Part One
  50. Active and Passive Learning - Part Two
  51. Active and Passive Learning - Part Three
  52. Active and Passive Learning - Part Four
  53. Active and Passive Learning - Part Five
  54. Lesson twelve - Study Blocking
    Study Blocking - Part One
  55. Study Blocking - Part Two
  56. Study Blocking - Part Three
  57. Study Blocking - Part Four
  58. Study Blocking - Part Five
  59. Lesson thirteen - Linking
    Linking - Part One
  60. Linking - Part Two
  61. Linking - Part Three
  62. Linking - Part Four
  63. Linking - Part Five
  64. Lesson fourteen - Interleaving
    Interleaving - Part One
  65. Interleaving - Part Two
  66. Interleaving - Part Three
  67. Interleaving - Part Four
  68. Interleaving - Part Five
  69. Lessons fifteen - Application Questioning
    Application Questioning - Part One
  70. Application Questioning - Part Two
  71. Copy of Application Questioning - Part Three
  72. Application Questioning - Part Four
  73. Application Questioning - Part Five
  74. Lesson Sixteen - Using Tables
    Tables - Part One
  75. Tables - Part Two
  76. Tables - Part Three
  77. Tables - Part Four
  78. Tables - Part Five
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Question Logging – Part Five

Stoicable July 10, 2022


Question Logging

Question bundling is a technique where you answer multiple questions in a single learning block.

When you’re learning a new topic, you’re going to be faced with many new questions. If you try to answer every single one of these questions as they come up, you will spend your time distracted instead of learning. Every time you switch gears, your focus shifts away from learning your content.

If you go down the rabbit hole of every new question, you not only lose sight of the topic you’re learning, but your time loses its value. Some questions can get you stuck for hours looking for an answer that might never come. The irony is that most of these questions are not even important. But when you’re learning new content, you don’t know yet what really is and isn’t important.

Writing your question out on another piece of paper or document and moving on. That’s it. When it comes time to answer the questions later, you are armed with a greater understanding of the material. This helps you decide which questions are irrelevant and which are not worth your time.

Know what you don’t know

Determine exactly what you want to know before asking your question. If you don’t know where you are travelling to, it’s impossible to know when you have arrived. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’ll hear the answer without realizing it.

Here’s why.

  1. Your question log is created with revision in mind. The longer an answer is, the less likely you will revise it.
  2. You don’t know something well until you can explain it in as few words as possible.
  3. The more you write, the harder it is to remember what you have written.
  4. The longer it takes you to write down your questions, the less likely you will follow through and do it.

As quickly as possible.

Effective learning always comes back to time, and that’s because your time is what’s most valuable. The best way to clear your question log is fast. Work from question to question systematically. When you reach a question that you can’t quickly answer, move on to the next.

Handball them.

If you have access to a teacher, professor or tutor, let them do the hard work for you. Just be sure to familiarize yourself with your questions before you ask them. This ensures you’ll get the most from asking.

If you don’t have access to help, no problem. Fortunately, the internet offers many websites and apps that make learning almost anything possible. The best part is that most of these services are delivered by experts in the areas you’re trying to learn

Turn them into flashcards.

An effective flashcard combines the testing effect with the spacing effect to ensure you permanently imprint the learning onto your brain.

We will explore the process of creating flashcards in another lesson.

Lesson Cards

Question Logging

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Key Idea

Without a question log, your questions will remain unanswered and forever a gap in your learning foundation.

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Don’t let your questions distract you from learning. Write them down and move on. It is more effective to answer them in blocks.

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When you don’t write your questions down and move on, they remain in your subconscious and sap your attention without you even realizing it. This is known as attention residue.

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Keep your answers short and simple. The more you can condense the answer, the better you know it.

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You can use this as a rule of thumb to gauge your understanding of a topic. The fewer words you need, the better your understanding.

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Key Idea

Start by clearing your question log as fast as possible. Don’t get bogged down in difficult questions only to be disheartened by a lack of progress.

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Key Idea

Whenever possible, let your teachers or professors do the work.


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