The Hourglass Method for Studying
We’ve spent the last few weeks discussing learning styles and effective study methods. In this blog, we’d like to conclude the series with the Hourglass Method for Studying.
Here’s how it works:
Your teacher gives you a research assignment. Let’s just say your topic is “What is the effect of social media on high school students’ self-esteem?”
Begin by asking yourself questions about the broad topic. For instance, you might question the different social media channels used, the exact age or grade of the group of students, whether it depends on how often the teen uses their social media accounts, and whether the students’ grades or extracurricular activities have an impact on how they use social media.
Now narrow it down to a smaller focus and “zoom in” on the details you’d like to analyze. Maybe you want to focus on juniors who use Instagram; you can look at your friends Instagram accounts. What do you notice? Are there similarities between certain groups or pictures? Ask people what they like, don’t like, and how they feel when others comment or favorite their photos.
After you’ve done your research, analyze the information you collected. What are your findings? Are there any common factors? Can you draw any conclusions from the information you’ve gathered?
Take all of your data and “zoom out.” How do the details fit in in the bigger picture again?
You’re now ready to present your conclusions. Congratulations!