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College Success Workshop
Transcript of College Success Workshop
Use A Universal Calendar
• that way it’s always clear when you will be free, so you won’t double-book yourself
• it also helps you determine how much time you
have for studying before your next exam
Share Your Plans With Friends Or Family
They are motivators and could make great mentors
Work On The Most Important & Most Urgent First
Got a party you want to go to but the exam is tomorrow?
ask yourself, "which one has more impact on my future?" and go from there
If you absolutely want to do both, use the first half of the evening to study. Parties don't get fun until later anyway. Plan your evening to still get plenty of sleep.
Allot Your Time According To Difficulty And Effort
Know Your Limits
Plan Time To Unwind
We all only have this much time and strength. Don't take on more than you can handle
Before making a new commitment, ask yourself, "can I take this up and still do everything well?"
Block out appropriate chunks of time on your calendar to do "nothing"
Trust me, a little "me time" goes a long way!
HOW TO USE YOUR TIME WISELY
Use smaller chunks of time for smaller tasks; like using evenings for homework or review for quizzes
Save larger time slots like long weekends or summer breaks for bigger projects like papers, proposals or exams
Have A Goal For Each Study Period
For example, “finish question 1-35 before 4pm”, or “understand this theory before band practice” etc...
after studying, ask yourself, “did I accomplish what I wanted to accomplish?”
Study Only One Subject At A Given Time
So all information will be related to each other, which will help you remember
Get Plenty Of Sleep
Studies had shown that if you sleep between learning and testing, the memory is preserved better in the brain
Plan To Study For Exams Two Weeks Ahead Of Time
We all know things pop up; so if you have given yourself more time than you need, you would not be stressed out by unexpected commitments
Same goes with planning big projects
Breakdown Large Material Into Smaller Portions & Set A Deadline For Each
So the big tasks would not seem so scary, and you would not be as resistant to get to it
Also, the quality of your work will be much better, since you will have the chance to focus your attention on each component
Find An Efficient Place That's Comfortable For You To Study
So studying becomes something fun and comfortable; something to look forward to.
Example: Finding your favorite studying spot (food, time, background)
Starbucks, Library, or outside.
Efficient Study Skills
Follow The Progress Of The Class Closely
Keep track of your understanding; following along during the class is much more efficient for learning than trying to study from scratch afterward.
Pay Attention To What Other Student's Ask
This way, you don’t end up asking the same question
If someone asked a good question, try to think how they came to it; if they asked bad ones, try to avoid thinking the same way
Also, professors are not perfect; they could accidentally leave out something important and have to be reminded
Don’t be shy to raise your hand; if you really don’t get it, others probably don’t get it either. Other shy ones will appreciate you for speaking up
Engage In Class Discussion Respectfully
Listen the way you want to be listened to; speak the way you want to be spoken to.
Do's & Don't 's
Don't work on other classwork during class
Don't chit-chat during class
Don't put your things away until class is actually over.
Don't sleep. Simple.
Do let your instructor know if you need to leave early, or will be absent.
Do check your emails for updates
Do ask permission if you want to record the professor.
Do check the syllabus when in doubt.
Constructive Classroom Behavior
High Test Anxiety
Make An Outline Of The Materials That Will Be On The Test
Bullet points with just key words or main ideas
Then start with studying the topics you are the least familiar with
Draw Concept Maps Or Make Up Stories
Studying history? Draw a timeline of events and link them arrows and relational terms like "because", "led to", or "contributed to" etc.
Studying anatomy? Make up silly names for each body part, and make up an absurd story to link them all together. The weirder the names and story, the clearer your memorization will be.
Studies have shown that the attention it requires to instruct someone else TREMENDOUSLY helps with learning and memory
So grab a classmate and take turns teaching each other the contents
Study Where Your Exam Will Take Place
Divers recall what they learned while under water best when they are under water
"where" is one of the information your brain stores when you memorize something. Studying in the same room as your exam will provide your brain an extra clue when it tries to call back the material you have studied
If You Listen To Music When You Study, Listen The Same Music Right Before the Exam
The brain records all kinds of sensory inputs. Place, sound, texture, smell...
Give your brain as many clues to the studied material as you can
But don't let them become distractions
These are methods proven by neuroscience. They work great for many different subjects.
Subtle classic music helps
"Success Consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm"
- Winston Churchill
The answer is C.
Being in school doesn't mean you can't have a life. All you need to do is use your time well. That means being a good student AND a good friend, sibling, parent, employee, partner...
A. Amy copies everything to her notebook, goes to all her classes 30 minutes early, studies all the time and says she doesn't have time for exercise or anything else.
B. Holly plays sports and has a lot of friends to party with, so she doesn't always go to class and doesn't study until the day before her exams.
C. Brandon wakes up early and goes to the gym before work; he arrives to work and classes on time. He studies right after class when memory is still fresh. He makes time for his hobbies after studying and sometimes goes out and has a good time with friends.
Q: What would be a good example of good time management?
What we learned
Use a universal calendar
Share your plans
Know when to work on big and small projects
Know your limits
It's okay to have "me" time
What we learned
One subject at a time
Have a goal for each session
Break down big projects
Make the most out of available resources
Find favorite study environment
Get plenty of sleep
What we learned
Pay attention to other student's input
Follow the class closely - Stay attentive and participate
Do your own thinking before you raise your hand
What we learned
Make an outline of the materials that will be tested over (study guides)
Draw concept maps or make stories
Teach others to learn
Study where your exam will take place
Listen to the same music you studied with, before your exam (classical music)