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This purpose of this page is to bring to our students some specific help with their studies. There are links at the bottom of the page to our general Links page and to our Mentors page. Both of those pages have links to resources that we think will be of help to students in this programme
Some Study Hints for EFM Students
Adult students, approaching EFM for the first time, may be anxious about the kind of study involved and their ability to succeed. EFM mentors may assume that our gifted, experienced adult "students" do not need the tips on reading and studying that teachers offer their younger students. That may not be so.
- We need to make a commitment to reading both the Bible and the text. It is important to set aside a special time to study that fits for us (a time when we are not too tired, a day when there will be few interruptions) and commit to studying at that time each week.
- We need to be comfortable in claiming that study time as a commitment. That slot is booked into our schedule. Then we can explain to others that we are busy then and resist the temptation to give up that time when others ask us to do something "important".
- Reading is made easier if we highlight important words or phrases as we read. This takes practice, but it helps us to decide what are the important points as we read. Marking up the bible, as the text suggests we do, disturbs many students. Having a "study bible" allows us to do this with freedom. Our other bible can then stay unmarked if we wish.
- Read as quickly as you can. Try not to read slowly, forcing yourself to "remember" each detail. We do not have to remember all that we read. It is good to jot down questions or insights as they arise. You can return to these notes later to review the chapter. Use the index and the table of contents in the text to help you review.
- Read aloud, particularly if you learn best by hearing
- Reading the whole of a letter or a gospel before doing the study helps us to hear the Word, to note recurring significant images, and to hear the tone of voice used by the author.
- Use the log books or a notebook for working at the parallel guide material. You have a choice of activities and need to select those that will foster your own learnings. Do as much writing as is helpful to you in exploring the topic. Don't forget the additional material in the Common Lessons and Supporting Material binder. There is a wealth of resources there that may be helpful.
Our thanks to former mentor Gwen Bright from Edmonton for these study tips.
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