. How is this information related to infor-
mation given in other chapters?
. How is this information related to the oc-
5. When you have a general idea of what is
in the training manual and how it is
organized, fill in the details by intensive
study. In each study period, try to cover
a complete unit it may be a chapter, a sec-
tion of a chapter, or a subsection. The
amount of material that you can cover at
one time will vary. If you know the sub-
ject well, or if the material is easy, you can
cover quite a lot at one time. Difficult or
unfamiliar material will require more study
6. In studying any one unitchapter, section,
or subsectionwrite down the questions
that occur to you. Many people find it
helpful to make a written outline of the unit
as they study, or at least to write down the
most important ideas.
7. As you study, relate the information in the
training manual to the knowledge you
already have. When you read about a pro-
cess, a skill, or a situation, try to see how
this information ties in with your own past
8. When you have finished studying a unit,
take time out to see what you have learned.
Look back over your notes and questions.
Maybe some of your questions have been
answered, but perhaps you will have some
that are not answered. Without looking
at the training manual, write down the
main ideas that you have gotten from
studying this unit; do not just quote the
book. If you cannot give these ideas in
your own words, the chances are that you
have not really mastered the information.
9. Use nonresident career courses whenever
you can. NRCCs are based on rate train-
ing manuals and basic manuals. As men-
tioned before, completion of a mandatory
rate training manual can be accomplished
by passing an NRCC based on the rate
training manual. You will probably find
it helpful to take other courses, as well as
those based on mandatory manuals.
Taking a course helps you to master the
information given in the training manual,
and it also helps you see how much you
10. Think of your future as you study rate
training manuals. You are working for
advancement to third class or second class
right now, but some day you will be work-
ing toward higher pay grades. Any extra
information that you can learn will help
you both now and later.