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Best Way To Study PowerPoint Slides

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by FLeyeGUY, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. FLeyeGUY

    FLeyeGUY 5+ Year Member

    May 13, 2009
    We all know there are some classes that are basically a never-ending cascade of PowerPoint slides...

    I'm looking for a better approach to studying these darned things. I was wondering if anyone was willing to share their preferred strategies, techniques, etc

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  3. mathcod

    mathcod 5+ Year Member

    Dec 1, 2008
    I'm personally not a fan of power point presentations as the predominant form of notes for a class because of their bare-bones skeleton nature. Worse is if the power points are written in fragment sentences.

    If you have means of re-listening or re-watching lectures, I feel this is the way to go in conjunction with the power point slides. This way you can hear the speaker give emphasis, repeat things, etc to give you ideas on what is important or not. If they spend 5-10 minutes on a power point slide, you can bet it is important. If they read a bullet point in 3 seconds verbatim and move on without ever revisiting it, it probably isn't that useful.

    Some of my classes had <400 words on their 1 hour power point lecture. Re-reading those same 400 words in my opinion was just memorization. I had a friend who could tell me information and tell me that it was from the lower left slide on page 3 but couldn't really synthesize or construct with that information. I personally had to read the slide, re-listen to the lecture, and read outside, related texts to get perspective on what was important to know. The more overlaps and emphasis of information, the more relevant it was.

    It may sound time-consuming but to me it was way faster and way more meaningful than reading the same 400 words four or more times.
  4. Commando303

    Commando303 7+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2009
    I never was fanatic about going through PowerPoint slides (though they are fine as subsequent references). I believe my primary approach to active/initial classroom education was attending lectures and listening to professors, making my own notes as we went along.

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