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How to Succeed at SUU....

Presented by SUU Faculty: Kyle Bishop, Jim Harrison, Derek Hein A faculty member will acquaint you with general academic expectations at SUU, and will discuss how to be a successful student at SUU.
by SUU Orientation on 3 January 2014

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Transcript of How to Succeed at SUU....

How to Succeed at SUU....
Education as Training
Please do not procrastinate studying!!! Class material takes time and effort to assimilate.

"We could compare learning to ... the way a pianist prepares for a concert. A pianist cannot cram his knowledge of music and his playing skill into one week or even one month of solid practice to prepare for a concert. But he prepares himself through consistent, diligent practice, day by day over a long period of time."
Joseph B. Wirthlin, Finding Peace in Our Lives, p. 75

Champion athletes do not cram in all of their practice the night before the championship game. In fact, they wouldn't even get to the championship game if they did! They engage in daily, consistent practice, so that they are prepared to perform their best.

College is no different. Study every day, consistently.

The general rule is two hours of studying out-of-class for every one hour in-class.
Classroom Behavior & Etiquette
Each professor may have different expectations, however there are some good rules of thumb:
1. Do not disrupt your fellow students
2. Do not disrupt your professor
3. Be respectful of classroom expectations (chatting, cell phones, technology)
4. Understand that others are trying to learn and participate fully

How do you address a professor?
1. Don't use high school salutations, such as "You wha's up, Mr. C?"
2. Don't greet faculty by their last names only, such as "Hi, Hein".
3. Use a title, such as Professor, Doctor, etc.

Always ask if you're uncertain. Different professors & disciplines may have different standards.
Syllabus
Professor Contact Information
Office Hours
Class Policies
Learning Objectives
Assignments
Class Schedule
Read
Retain
Consult Often
The only stupid questions are those that are answered on the syllabus.
Proper Communication
Use your campus email account
In emails to faculty & staff:
1. Use a salutation (Dear Professor Smith)
2. Use a descriptive subject line
3. Identify your Course Number/Section
4. Sign your email with your full name
5. Know the difference between reply/reply-all
6. Practice professional correspondence
Check your email at least once a day
Classroom Security
Office
Hours
Why?
How?
When?
Do's & Don'ts
Teachers v. Tutors
Accountability & Responsibility
Attendance is your responsibility
Ask for help sooner, it's ok!
Be proactive
Don't be embarrassed
Know deadlines (consult syllabus)
Try everything
It Takes More Than a Major
Key findings from a survey among 318 employers. Conducted January 9-13, 2013 for the Association of American Colleges and Universities
Innovation is a priority
Capacities cut across majors. Skills are more important than major choice.
Importance of liberal education
Both field-specific knowledge & skills and broad range is important for long-term career success
Application of skills
E-portfolios and Career Services
See the full transcript