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The College Learner

Transitioning to College by Becoming an Independent, Mature Learner.
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Shimona Kee

on 5 August 2013

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Transcript of The College Learner

How Do I Learn?
Motivation
Learning Environment
Learning Facilitators
Time Management
The College Learner
Think of yourself as a scholar.
You are not just a student.
You are a LEARNER.
Why am I here?
Your College Teachers...
Priorities: Important vs. Urgent
Plan and map out your goals
Make use of any/all free time
Make appointments with yourself
Use technology!
Learning Styles
Note-taking
"It's my dream"
"I'm good at it"
"I don't know what else to do"
"???"
Socio-emotional Influencers
Essay writing
Mind-mapping
Lists
Diagrams
Pictures
Listening/recording
Out of school hobbies
Social groups in school
External social activities
Family
BGR
Teachers
Rules vs. Independence
Garnering info for yourself
Learning Portal
Grading systems and rubrics
Additional resources:
Library, internet, etc (not just textbooks and notes teachers give or teach)
Attendance & punctuality
Classroom etiquette
Do not spoon-feed. YOU need to source any missed, notes, etc.
Expect you to take responsibility for your own learning.
Want you to ask intelligent questions
Value critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Have differing styles of delivering content. Find out how to make the best of your teacher's style, to match your learning style.
Expect you to synthesize information, even seemingly across topics.
Do NOT like stupid questions - ie. don't be so lazy to look info up first before asking!
Guiding Principle
College is a learning environment in which you take responsibility for thinking through and applying what you have learned.
What If I Get Lost?
It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed, lost, unmotivated, distracted, even depressed. College is often a big change, and together with many of life's challenges, can seem daunting. If you get lost along the way, talk to your friends, talk to your teachers, talk to SOMEONE. Believe it or not, you are NOT alone. Your situation is NOT unique!
Take control of your own education: think of yourself as a scholar
Get to know your professors; they are your single greatest resource
Be assertive. Create your own support systems, and seek help when you realize you may need it
Be creative! Find your OWN college-coping style
Take control of your time. Plan ahead to satisfy academic obligations and make room for everything else
Make time for rest, relax, and play. Your brain learns and remembers better that way.
Think beyond the moment: set goals for the semester, the year, your college career.
Remember...
Why am I here?
College = Freedom = RESPONSIBILITY
YOU are in charge of your own learning.
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