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Success in the Classroom Summer Orientation Days 2010


Outline 1) High school vs. university 2) Note-taking and studying 3) Test Yourself!


High School vs. University


A Typical Course Breakdown 1) 2) 3) 4)

2-3 lectures/week 1-2 midterms 1-2 assignments Cumulative exam

A small number of important items!


Differences: Quantity


Differences: Quality


Overconfidence Do you feel prepared for 1st year college or university level courses in your chosen area of study? YES

NO

83.5 %

16.5%


A Surprise‌ What were the biggest surprises you had during your first year on campus? Extreme

Somewhat

My grades

25%

39%

The amount of reading

25%

37%

Amount of freedom

17%

39%


Can You Do It? Yes! As long as you’re willing to put the effort in from day one. Think about what strategies you can implement in advance!


Note Taking and Studying


Strategies for Success

What have you heard is the “strategy for success� to do well in university?


Strategies for Success • There is no one strategy for success! • Remember, everyone learns differently


A Few Pointers 1) Attend your classes – It’s worth it!

1) Pay attention – Why go if you’re going to sleep through it?

1) Take good notes – Find what works best for you!


Note Taking Possibilities 1) Take all notes in one notebook • Later, copy notes to individual course books • Advantage: Recopying allows for elaboration and thought


Pre-Posted Notes


Note Taking Possibilities • Organize material for self-testing • Advantages – Encourages elaborative rehearsal – Gets you thinking like a test writer

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Demonstration Take notes on the following video You will be tested!


Sample Notes: Student #1

• Lots of unnecessary detail • Not very much thought • Very passive writing


Sample Notes: Student #2

• Thoughtful, concise • Asks questions, very active


Studying for Tests Start early! Make a study calendar Set goals Sleep!


Test Time! • A “high school level” question 1)What was the animal used in the experiment this clip was based on? a) b) c) d)

Cat Dog Gerbil Rat


Test Time! • A “university level” question 1)Of the following scenarios, which is most similar to the “Office experiment?” a) You train your dog to roll over on command by rewarding him for listening. b) Your dog learns to come to the kitchen every time he hears you opening a can of dog food. c) Your mother threatens to punish you if you don’t clean your room, so you clean it. d) You take an Altoid before every meeting because you don’t want your breath to smell bad


Be Flexible, Be Prepared! • The most important thing is that you find what works for you! • You will make mistakes! – Be prepared to adapt


Questions?


Academic Success 2010