Study Strategies for Art History

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September 27, 2012

Study Strategies for Art History

Lecture given Thursday September 27, 2012



September 27, 2012


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    Exam  Format   Good  to  Know…    Midterm  Exam  Date:

      Thursday  October  18th      Finals  Week:  December   10th-­‐14th      You  should  do  a  liKle   studying  each  week.    SecMons  I  and  II  are   pulled  from  your  daily   monument  list.     Exam  Format     SecMon  I:  Slide  IDs  (10)    Ar#st/Architect    Title    Culture/Stylis#c  Period    Cultural  Significance     SecMon  II:  Chronology    (3)    Place  Slides  in  Proper    Chronological  Order.     SecMon  III:  Essay  (2)   Essays  are  formed  from   your  criMcal  thinking   quesMons.  
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    Welcome  to  Survey  of  Western  Art  II   Reading  

    Textbook  pages  relevant  to   the  lecture.     Range   This  is  the  date  range  of  the   lecture.     Terms/Concepts   These  are  terms  or  ideas   you  should  know  or  may   need  to  know  how  to  spell.   Monument  List   These  are  the  monuments   from  lecture  you  will  need   to  know  for  the  exam.   Sample  Lecture  Page  
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    CriMcal  Thinking  QuesMons   At  the  end  of  every  lecture,

     I  will  present  to  you   4-­‐5  quesMons  to  guide  your  navigaMon  of  the   material.     They  are  usually  quesMons  that  have  already   been  answered  in  during  the  lecture.     These  quesMons  will  be  used  to  write  your  essay   quesMons  for  both  exams.   Sample  Lecture  Page  
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    Timeline   •  Oct.  4:    I  will  be  releasing

     the  study  guide  with   your  final  monument  list  and  your  five   potenMal  essay  themes.   •  Oct.  18:  The  Midterm  
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    WHAT  KIND  OF  LEARNER  ARE  YOU?   Not  everyone  absorbs

     informaMon  in  the  same  way,  so  you  should  adopt   a  learning  strategy  that  suits  your  strengths  and  helps  you  overcome   your  weaknesses.  
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    Ask  yourself  these  quesMons…    What  was  my  most  effecMve

     experience  studying   experience  I  have  ever  had?    What  was  the  least?    What  are  some  of  the  things  I  can’t  forget,  no   maKer  how  hard  I  try?    Why  is  that?    Do  I  understand  things  beKer  by  talking  them  out   with  someone?    Do  I  remember  the    things  I  write  down  and   forget  the  things  I  don’t?    If  I  see  a  chart  or  a  diagram,  does  it  help  me   understand  complex  ideas  much  more   thoroughly.    Does  actually  doing  things  helps  me  understand   ideas?  
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    Learning  Styles    Aural:    If  I  hear  it,  I

     can  recall  it.    Visual:    If  I  see  it,  I  know  it.    ExperienMal:  If  I  do  it,  I  understand  it.    Social:    I  find  groups  energizing  and  helpful.    Individual:  I  find  groups  to  be  distracMng.   You  might  strongly  idenMfy  with  one  of  these   learning  styles  or  a  combinaMon  of  them.  
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    For  more  about  learning  styles…    hKp:// learning-­‐style/stylest.html    hKp://

    LSI.htm    hKp:// ilsweb.html    hKp://­‐style-­‐ test.html  
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    STUDYING  IMAGES   Because  this  is  an  art  history  class,

     it  is  important  to  be  able  to  idenMfy   the  images  you  have  seen  in  class  and  be  able  to  place  them  in  a  rough   chronology.  
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    Flashcards   •  Flashcards,  Flashcards,  Flashcards.     – This  is

     the  most  efficient  strategy  to  connect  the   concepts/informaMon  to  the  artwork  as  well  as   compare  the  concepts  to  each  other.   – Flashcards  don’t  need  to  be  the  old-­‐fashioned   index  cards.    You  can  use  power  point,  iphone   apps,  spread  sheets,  etc.   – Use  your  flashcards  effecMvely:    Group  or  order   cards  by  chronology,  culture,  or  whatever  you   need  to  focus  on.    
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    Tips  on  Chronology    Sort  your  images  into  groups.  

     If  you  memorize   images  as  parts  of  groups,  you  can  get  a  beKer   sense  of  a  general  chronology.    Rely  on  what  you  know  about  the  culture  of  that   object.    Do  not  bother  remember  exact  dates  for  the   prehistoric  objects.    Narrow  it  down  to  the   millennium.    Order  all  of  your  images  chronologically  when   you  are  studying  for  your  slide  Ids.    Studying  for   one  secMon  of  the  exam  should  help  you  with  the   other.  
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    MASTERING  CONCEPTS   In  studying  the  essay  porMon  of  the

     exam,  it  is  vital  that  you  understand   the  major  themes  of  the  material  from  the  reading  and  the  lectures.    The   following  are  a  variety  of  strategies.  
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    General  Essay  Tips    Pay  careful  aKenMon  to  what  is

     asked.    Half  of  a   successful  essay  answering  the  quesMon  that  is   asked.    Think  of  visual  examples  that  would  help  you   answer  or  explain  each  quesMon.    Take  a  couple  minutes  to  think  about  what  you   would  like  to  say.    Write  an  outline  or  a  list  of   ideas  if  you  need  to.    Be  as  specific  and  detailed  as  you  can  when   talking  about  your  examples  (i.e.  the  art).  
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    Tell  it  as  a  story    Some  people  remember  stories

     and  prose   beKer  than  they  remember  uncontextualized   facts.    If  this  is  the  case,  you  may  want  to  think  of   each  image  as  having  a  story.    Whether  you  write  this  story  down  or  just  tell   it  to  yourself,  you  may  find  you  retain  the   informaMon  beKer  than  you  would  stand   alone  facts.  
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    Mnemonic  Devices      If  you  are  the  kind  of

     person,  who  remembers   song  lyrics    or  poems  easily  you  might  like   using  mnemonic  devices.    Try  rhyming  difficult  to  remember  terms,   names  or  places  with  familiar  words  to  aid   your  memory.        AlliteraMon  works,  too!    Try  to  think  of  the  material  in  terms  of  what   you  like,  understand  and  remember.  
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    Study  Group  Tips    Decide  quickly  how  you  would  like

     to  study    the   material.    Divide  the  criMcal  thinking  quesMons  among  the   group  members.    Each  group  member  is   responsible  for  “teaching”  their  quesMons  to  the   rest  of  the  group.    Find  a  note  buddy  to  help  you  fill  in  the  blanks   you  might  have.    Call  a  friend  to  “talk  out”  complicated  ideas.     Your  friend  doesn’t  even  need  to  be  in  the  class.