Study Skills and Research Methods

Study Skills & Research Methods Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     Explain seven major learning styles and list the factors that make learning most effective, including how personal or self-management assists in the learning process, and will have drafted a personal study program;
(ii)    Discuss the necessity, value and potential pitfalls of serious biblical and theological study;
(iii)   Understand a variety of learning-related skills and techniques and be able to apply these to their biblical and theological studies, thus being better equipped for such studies; specifically, they will have acquired or refined skills with regard to listening, reading, note-taking, summarizing, consolidating, memorization, writing reviews, using libraries;
(iv)   Analyse and interpret essay (or exam) questions, plan an essay outline, structure research toward the topic, write, edit and format an essay and develop an accurate bibliography and appropriate footnoting;
(v)    Plan a study timetable for exams and prepare thoroughly for them, and explain what good examination technique involves;
(vi)   Learn basic word-processing skills and how to make use of the internet as an information resource;
(vii)  Explain the concept of life-long learning (with respect to biblical, theological, ministry, and spiritual formation), be encouraged to make a commitment to this process beyond their formal studies, and be able to develop a personal action plan for such learning;
(viii) Relate their learning experiences to their personal walk with God on a daily basis.