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M.U.R.D.E.R. Study System

  • Mood:
    Set a positive mood for yourself to study in. Select the appropriate time, environment, and attitude.

  • Understand:
    Mark any information you don't understand in a particular unit; Keep a focus on one unit or a manageable group of exercises.

  • Recall:
    After studying the unit, stop and put what you have learned into your own words.

  • Digest:
    Go back to what you did not understand and reconsider the information; Contact external expert sources (e.g., other books or an instructor) if you still cannot understand it.

  • Expand:
    In this step, ask three kinds of questions concerning the studied material: If I could speak to the author, what questions would I ask or what criticism would I offer? How could I apply this material to what I am interested in? How could I make this information interesting and understandable to other students?

  • Review:
    Go over the material you've covered, Review what strategies helped you understand and/or retain information in the past and apply these to your current studies

adapted from Joe Landsberger