For more than six years of teaching science and mathematics, I observed many things that affects the way how the learner learn the subject in varying styles and ways. Some other students were able to handle simple study with their own unique way without compromising their targets as they do their studies. There are also cases that learners can't able to manage their time giving their own focus on the areas they are studying. Say for example chemistry. Some learners fail to determine the nodes of understanding the very essential points before going further on the topic. This style of studying didn't guarantee for an effective study styles.There are also students who didn't recognize the purpose of studying the certain area, what become the style is that they are forced to read, comprehend and analyze things. Though at the end of the effort there still be a good outcome but it is far more different from knowing the purpose and acknowledging the main frame of doing it. There is always an assumption that studying things driven by your own curiosity on the matter is far more effective than studying the topic because you are forced to do so and you are trying to go with the schedule given for the exam. The better way to start is:
1. Know first the reason why you need to read and comprehend on the things you want to learn more.
You are not supposed to dive immediately on the water when you didn't have an insights what lies underneath. When you try to go understand the equation for example that free-energy is equal to difference of enthalpy and the product of temperature and entropy, you have to ask your self first why you have to understand this. What are the necessary points that drives you to go understanding free-energy. It is important to determine or establish the connections why you have to understand free-energy in the first place.
2.Connect on your recent knowledge regarding on the mater and establish questions related to the things you need to understand.
For example, knowing that there is a heat transfer happening on every material with varying degree, then you may start asking what is heat, this is so because before you go further with the details of the action you must understand first the meaning of the terms you will about to encounter. Heat is actually a transfer or I may say a variation of kinetic energies of the molecules or atoms which behaves by affecting others (molecules and atoms) starting from a region of a matter with the highest average kinetic energy moving or affecting towards the region of lesser average kinetic energy.Upon knowing these things you are now ready to go the detail of this area. In physical chemistry heat can also be quantified using the equation q=mcdT. Maybe if you try to go deeper on this equation you will find your self bothered on understanding what these quantities are all about. I remember somebody told me that they know what is c quantity in the equation they then tell me that is refers to the heat capacity of the material, but asking what heat capacity is telling you about the material they don't even know where to start their explanation. Well, this is an evidence that there is a missing link in the understanding. To completely comprehend on this equation is to understand the entire quantities that involves in the equation.
Well, these are just some of the things we need to understand about heat but the real description of this area doesn't end here. I will give you the deeper discussion on these things, but as of now we still need to continue discussing about the studying styles.