and why it's important.
May I recommend this series from The Art of Manliness?
It's been a gazillion years since I attended college. A refresher course in the basics is always good for our brains.
Have I ever mentioned that I keep a big fat notebook labeled "Study Notebook" (three subject, college ruled) in which I keep copious notes? Oh sure, I could cut and paste pertinent information into Word and just print it out, but, trust me, it's not the same as actually writing notes in longhand. I use a fountain pen, too. Writing notes engages the brain in a way that cut and paste cannot accomplish. It's as simple as that.
Classical Rhetoric 101 Series
A Brief History
The Three Means of Persuasion
The Five Canons of Rhetoric – Invention
The Five Canons of Rhetoric – Arrangement
The Five Canons of Rhetoric – Style
The Five Canons of Rhetoric – Memory
The Five Canons of Rhetoric – Delivery
Bonus! 35 Greatest Speeches in History