I learned how to use word processing for school and work and started out with Wordperfect, then moved on to Word. I also learned how to use SPSS and SAS for statistics, and other programs at each new job that I had for a few years. I was fascinated by templates for documents and the ease and speed of lengthy calculations using computer programs, and lots of other things that can be done on a computer. Thus, I have taught myself how to use the computer for working, (playing?) with music, photographs, and fun things like brochures, invitations, and flyers.
My background in music includes piano lessons for 12 years, course work in history, theory and appreciation of music in high school and college. For the past four years, I have spent my free time reading about and listening to all types of music on the internet, which led me to reading several books on history and development of music. All this has given me expertise in music.
My study skills are excellent and I have used and improved them throughout my academic advancement. I have always received excellent grades, beginning with an intensive high school college prep course (Honors and AP courses, received Honors and High Honors). Next, a Bachelors of Science degree at a Jesuit university, Masters in Social Work at UIC and a doctoral program at Columbia University in New York City. I did very well throughout my years in academia, which was due to excellent study skills.
I use various study methods, including: taking good notes in class lectures, highlight important points in texts and other reading materials handed out (e.g. journal articles), writing very good outlines of book chapters, and locate, define, understand, and be able to explain salient concepts and theories.