How do you read packets?

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JBSours
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How do you read packets?

Post by JBSours » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:08 pm

Just wondering what the best use of my time is with packets. Just reading through seems like it wouldn't really promote any learning unless certain things come up over and over and the canon is just too big for that. However, is looking up every single clue a good use of my time? How have you guys used packets to learn?
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Re: How do you read packets?

Post by High Dependency Unit » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:36 pm

JBSours wrote:Just wondering what the best use of my time is with packets. Just reading through seems like it wouldn't really promote any learning unless certain things come up over and over and the canon is just too big for that. However, is looking up every single clue a good use of my time? How have you guys used packets to learn?

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Things do come up over and over -- I look up some clues I didn't know (usually the 1-2 lines before I would've gotten it), and flashcard those.
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Re: How do you read packets?

Post by tksaleija » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:54 pm

JBSours wrote:Just wondering what the best use of my time is with packets. Just reading through seems like it wouldn't really promote any learning unless certain things come up over and over and the canon is just too big for that. However, is looking up every single clue a good use of my time? How have you guys used packets to learn?

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Packet study can actually really useful because you start to pick up common canonical clues that help you connect info and remember things better. I'd also recommend Quizbug, which displays packets to you and has well over 20,000 questions (http://www.quinterest.org/quizbug.html).
In general, personal research can be beneficial and will help to give you context for questions, just so long as you aren't studying for hours just to get information on some really obscure event that doesn't come up often. Depending on your strong suit(s) I'd recommend reading books on the content you're interested in that way you have a mental visualization of the pages and you'll have more details that might not be found in your everyday packets (ex. I'm reading Invisible Man right now so I'll have a better chance of knowing answer lines earlier). If you have any other questions, feel free to message me, I've got loads of resources.
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Re: How do you read packets?

Post by tksaleija » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:56 pm

JBSours wrote:Just wondering what the best use of my time is with packets. Just reading through seems like it wouldn't really promote any learning unless certain things come up over and over and the canon is just too big for that. However, is looking up every single clue a good use of my time? How have you guys used packets to learn?

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If you have physical hard copies, I'd also recommend highlighting information that you think is important or that you've noticed frequently that way it'll stick out more in your mind.
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