Accepting reality is the first step.

3 Parables: 24 papers, Tatooine and Algebra | a video by Darrell Barnes

The following practices are favorable in the fullness of time; when the resources match the task at hand.

How we roll:

Highlighting words and pictures in the book promotes literacy. When we don’t understand a word, we make a note of it and learn the definition; it is Googled; it is searched in a dictionary. Through highlighting, we have more time for exploration and deep learning. Highlighting buys us time to access more resources for learning in the time we have together. We do not spend our classroom time together frantically taking notes. Highlighting allows us to cover voluminous amounts of information in a short time; this is especially true with majors-level classes. Glancing back and forth at our assignments and our grades keeps us tuned-in to what comes next. We plan ahead. Making sure the notifications to us have a clear pathway is crucial.

We look at pictures, illustrations and tables in the textbook to gain more understanding of the written text and vice versa.

It is expected that you will go home and rewrite the items we highlight (or at times, the write-ins). Some highlights apply only to the upcoming test and some apply to the current test AND the final. When a paragraph is perused, is a bold word present, especially one that corresponds to a nearby picture? Is there a theme, a concept which is repeated? These are clues. When an incomprehensible word or concept is encountered, the reading is scanned before and after to gain context. We get bossy, persistent and thorough with our learning. From the textbook, the information is gathered into the brain through vision. The manual transformation of learning into the computer keyboard is testimony to the ability to integrate information. It is in effect, recounted through the tactile, kinesthetic, touch sense.

Typing the class notes is the beginning of implementing the personal study guide.

The study guide you have made is printed and placed where you sit down; in your place of reflection and rumination. The homemade study guide is recited out loud, thus recruiting the auditory sense while possibly finding a cadence, a rhythm.

Often times, others are recruited. When the content is explained in a video I can rewind and listen again until I “get it.” Even when played in the background while going about my daily duties I am soaking up information, even subconsciously. Repetition is key. The hunt for the appropriate video is extensive. What resonates? I have listened to some educational videos so much, that I can predict the next phrase coming out of the mouth of the speaker. The knowledge has been programmed and has become familiar. I have thus migrated to mastery instead of just trying to make a good grade (which is important).

Studying science is like studying a foreign language. The more it is spoken, the more it is understood. The more it is lived, the more natural it becomes. If this is not the native language, then immersion is crucial.

Chickasaw language audio #32 (accompanying story)

When learn something new, in that “aha moment,” the information is shared with friends and family. The information may be blogged. Creativity may be the key. Feedback is received. Expressing one’s learning “owns it” and also influences the vocabulary and thinking of your circle of influence. The children or even co-workers may even achieve more than you, because of your scholarship. Congratulations are due to them as well.

Darrell Barnes teaching 2-16-2018
A+ 100!

In my crisis, I requested help; I prayed for wisdom.

In my reflection, I wondered if I had been living in the will of my Maker.

Was I expressing gratitude?

Had I been serving others?

I asked: “What comes next?”


  1. Re-writing the highlighted sections helps me organize what will be on the test but, I realized during your lecture that my issue was I hadn’t been repeating any of the material. When writing my notes I wasn’t understanding the concepts but rather just copying them down into another place. I’ve started to practice the material and actually take a minute to study the pictures and conceptualize them with the text.


    1. I have got to get better with really understanding the material. its one thing to just look over it and memorize stuff, but the more you really understand it, the more everything else tends to make more sense.


  2. I have learned since being in your class that your YouTube videos help tremendously! I not only rewrite out my notes but I replay your reviews over and over again even if I’m not watching them I still listen repeatedly! This has helped me a lot!


  3. For me, it does help to rewrite notes. In rewriting notes, I put in what I call “reminder words”. They are words that I an associate with a word to remind me or help me remember a definition of a word. This seems to be the best technique for me.


  4. Honestly, this is my second time taking a&p I lecture. The first time I took it last semester online and that was a joke. This time, I am doing much better by taking it in class; however, this is still the only class I have that I am worried about passing with an A. I’ve never really struggled with learning new things in life, but a&p is a whole different world. It’s something I’m very interested in because the human body is really amazing… it’s just a lot of info! The way I remember things is 1. I make notecards for every single thing that we highlight in class and I study them at least 30 minutes a day up to the minute before we take our test. 2. While studying my notecards, I make riddles and rhymes to remember the step by step answers. I found this is the best study method for me!


  5. I go home and read and write all the things we highlight in class and then make note cards and read them over and over again and get my dad to read them out to me and have me answer them at random times. Also if I try to remember colors


  6. Writing and repeating it to my self they what helps me study the best. As well as constantly seeing and using the information I’m trying to keep retained


  7. Color coating things have helped me learn so much as well as circling or squaring, just different symbols and colors for different information and same symbols and colors for related information!


  8. Studying pictures and illustrations is how I learn and study the best. I am a visual learner so seeing pictures is the best way for me to remember things!


  9. For me, the only way I can retain needed information is if I write it down myself then go back and read what is it I wrote. I do not rewrite word for word but it sums up enough important points that I will need.


  10. I can relate with your algebra parable. I need college algebra as a pre-requisite class to get into the nursing program. Well, I always did terrible in math… there’s something about all the formulas and crap that I just can’t ever remember. Coming from someone who makes their own rules (haha), math always had too many rules for me to
    Follow. I made a 16 on the math section of my ACT so I had to start out taking the beginners algebra in 2013, intermediate algebra in 2016 and now I’m able to take college algebra. Last semester I attempted college algebra online because I was working 40+ hours a week and I’m a single mom and online classes are more convenient for me.. well, that was a no go. I had to withdraw from that class and retake it this semester in an actual classroom and currently I have a 97 in the class. Sometimes you have to go from a to d to h and then back to b and that’s okay… it’s taken me 7 years to get to the math class I need because I hate it that much lol but I’m finally here and doing better than ever because I have someone actually explaining the problems to me step by step. I’m not on anyone else’s timeline except my own, and here I am killing it!


  11. The first time I went to college 20+ years out of high school and took College Algebra, I made a C. 20+ years out of school where Math was my strong suit. I decided that in order to improve, I may need to back track and went back and took Beginning Algebra and am now in Intermediate Algebra and feel as though I am improving. This is important to learn re-learn these long lost skills, especially in the Nursing field where you need to learn to calculate correct medication dosages.


    1. Looking at the illustrations and tables seems to always help me because I am a visual learner. I know if I redraw it and study my drawing it helps too. Eventually, I am able to draw it and label it without needed to look at the book. Also if I have trouble understanding things I have 2 YouTube channels that I typically try to watch their explanation of it.


  12. My first week of class was me worrying about what to do with all the highlighted information. But as I came home and wrote down my notes, everything started making sense. This is my first class since high school, so it was a very different experience. Now, when I write my own notes, I make sure to understand the information. This is so different as to when my teachers used to put the notes for us to copy, which was only memorization. And the pictures speak for themselves. When I dont understand the text well, the pictures clarify the topic for me.


      1. My way of learning is to break down what I am trying to comprehend and then apply it to a typical test question, to make sure I actually understand it.


  13. I have to rewrite notes in order to remember them! I learned this study method my freshman year in high school and it has helped me so much. For your class, I focus on the main points and reread the paragraphs multiple times. I also take full advantage of the flash card which makes a huge difference for me!


  14. A lot of good information compiled together. If you practice most of the things you suggested you will succeed beyond expectations in any learning environment. And of course you have to be a self starter and choose to employ different strategies to do a good job at whatever tasks are set in front of you in life.
    .When I took Dr. Barnes class I didn’t even realize that’s what you were having us do. I just highlighted and write my notes so I’d have a notecard to get an A on the test. But now I see all of the memory strategies you had us using.


  15. How right you are Dr. Barnes! I for one would go home and hand write all the highlights and that was my study guide. At the time (in A&P 1&2) a lot of things didn’t click or make sense …. but when applied to real life situations, then it clicked!! I am so grateful for that knowledge!! Thank you for being the great instructor that you are!


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