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Transcript of Learning@sjr

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Success = Balance
4 Pillars
-academic excellence
-active healthy living
-creative expression
-social responsibility

Our Beliefs
Skills Needed for University Life
Learning How to Learn
Planning with the
end in mind
Backwards Design
Higher learning
University graduation
Global citizenship
-critical thinking
-managing stress
-managing time
-knowing how to study and learn
-problem solving
-analytical responses (essays, term papers)
-exams/tests (multiple choice or long answer)
new campus

The Challenge of Technical Texts
Define a Purpose for Reading

Unless students identify a purpose for reading, they may find themselves flipping through a textbook and retaining very little information.
Reading is the Basis of
All Study Skills
Supporting Our Students
Purposes for Reading
1. To grasp a certain message
2. To find important details
3. To answer a specific question
4. To evaluate what you are reading
5. To apply what you are reading
6. Re-reading and reviewing material
7. To be entertained
Supporting Our Students
More than any other kind of reading, technical texts demand a logical, organized approach and step-by step reading method. They also require a detection of the text's organizational devices.
Five basics to watch for in a technical reading
1. Definitions and terms
2. Examples
3. Classifications listings
4. Comparison and contrast
5. Cause-effect relationships
Supporting Our Students
Read with a Plan
1. Learn the terms that are essential to understanding the concepts presented.

2. Determine the structure or organization of the text.

3. Skim the chapter to get a sense of the author's viewpoint. Turn the headings and subheadings into questions. Look at the pictures and diagrams. Use review questions to guide your reading.
Supporting Our Students
Three Game-Changing Learning Techniques
1. The Importance of Self-Testing

2. Interleaving - Variety is the Spice of Life

3. Spacing (the opposite of cramming)
4. Complete a thorough analytical reading of the text. Do not proceed from one section to the next until you have a clear understanding of the section you are reading.

5. Make notes as you read. Visualize and draw pictures of concepts and problems. Jot down questions you have.

6. Immediately upon completing your thorough reading, review! Write a summary of the theories and concepts you need to remember. Do the problems. Apply the formulas. Put the key information into a mind map or chart.
Supporting Our Students
Read with Plan Cont'd.
Technical material is saturated with ideas.
Good readers know that such material demands a slow read that concentrates on achieving the greatest level of retention.

1. Every definition has to be digested.
2. Every formula has to be committed to memory.
3. Every example needs to be considered.
Source: Fry, R. Improve Your Reading
Source: Fry, R. Improve Your Reading
Source: Fry R. Improve Your Reading
Source: Weisman, S. The Secrets of Top Students
Supporting Our Students
Multiple Choice Tests
1. Preparing for MC tests
-knowing material in a very detailed way
-reading comprehension - close reading of
textbooks including understanding the systems of the subject area (Biology, Physics, History, Sociology, Psychology)
2. Test-Taking Strategies
3. Writing MC Questions

Supporting Our Students
Close Reading
Students have to be able to understand the big idea and the specific details and move between the two.

When students get stuck, they need to be able to access useable information from other sources to support their understanding of the concepts (i.e., Khan Academy, You tube, University websites, etc.)
Supporting Our Students
Writing Multiple Choice Questions
Several resources are available on the topic of writing high quality multiple choice questions.


Supporting Our Students
Next Steps
Working in departments to discuss the development of high quality multiple choice tests and ways to support students in learning how to prepare for these types of assessments.

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