How to Study http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQwyLZqI0IU This blog post and video is specifically directed to Aikido students. However, I want to mention some specific study habits you should to develop no matter what it is that you study. You must view your Aikido study as an integral part of your overall education. Additionally, it can be a way of improving your memory as well. Take Notes Study techniques - It is essential to use as many of your senses as possible in order to really learn. True learning depends on it. So, take Notes; after every class. If there is a break in the class, use this as an opportunity to update your notes. What to write down. A list of techniques taught in the class. Technique details. Any additional information that clarifies the technique. Conversations with the teacher. Use a notebook, or bind your notes or transfer your notes to your computer. Get to Class Early Clean the dojo. Prepare yourself for the class. Talk to the teacher. Socialize with other students. Warm up. Forget Your Problems and Focus I've heard it said, "Your problems will still be waiting for you afterward." Ask the Teacher Learn - the teacher is your best source of information. Study - ask your teacher how to improve and about the history of Aikido, the philosophy and what were his motives for studying Aikido. Don't Talk While in class, don't talk (much). What I mean to say is: Be social. But try to practice with as little talking as possible. Choose practice and movement over talk. Take Your Falls Stop resisting! You can never practice or learn too much about the art of falling. If you always resist taking falls, you will not progress and will interfere in the progress of your training partner. Your level of technique will never exceed your ability to take falls. Clean Up and Socialize After Class These are effective study habits. Also, A feeling of thankfulness. The pride of contributing to the maintenance of the dojo. It doesn't matter if no one else helps or participates. You do it for yourself. You do it to improve your understanding and ability. I've created a Resource Guide that you may find useful. It's more specifically related to business and general study links. I think you'll find it very useful. http://www.mashihan.com/rg/resource_guide.pdf Also, subscribe to my podcast - "Aikido Talk" at: https://itunes.apple.com/mx/podcast/aikido-talk/id700583935?l=en&mt=2 I welcome your comments and suggestions.