In this class we learned some valuable skills without a doubt. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t super challenging, because it wasn’t and also shouldn’t be it should be more informative and helpful. Just like you said if we do our assignments and turn in our homework we’ll get a good grade. Honestly, I feel like that’s how high school was and college is as well. Assignments and homework help us to learn the information better, and being in class is just as essential to learn and succeed. You drilled that into my mind for sure, although it should be obvious right? The study and note taking skills have helped me already in my other classes, i don’t do the Cornell notes exactly, but I give myself more space while taking notes, i don’t write quite so small, and emphasize the important parts in my notes. I also don’t use the backside of the paper anymore to help me study better and not have it so jam packed and getting confused having to flip pages, I can lay all the pages down face up and see all of my information.
Learning about and studying the learning techniques and strategies overlapped a little bit with my psychology class. The part about our personality type as well mixed a lot of what I’ve learned in psychology as well, so it helped solidify that information in my head even more and show the truth and importance of knowing my learning style so I can learn more effectively for my own benefit. The class really did cover the simple basics of success in college and managing time, stress, and our workload. I’m glad I took this class so I can always have the knowledge I learned to help me out through my college career.
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To start, welcome to SLCC. You’re just now getting started with your higher education. Congratulations on your choice and determination to take these steps. I know that it can be confusing and frustrating starting this new process just after getting comfortable with and finishing high school. What I can tell you though is that it’s worth it. This experience is what you make of it, you have a lot more influence and power over your own schedule and plans for courses you do and don’t want to take. You’re about to learn a lot of responsibility and grow up and take control of your life, welcome to the beginning.
In high school I don’t remember using textbooks a great amount and I’ll bet that your experience was similar. The only time I remember using the textbooks was for math homework problems and for filling out a review of the chapter in a class where the teacher wanted to give out some busy work. Starting now in college you’ll do a lot more reading and studying from your book. This means that you have to be able these loads of information in so you can get a good grade on the tests. The best tips would be too scan over the chapter first and identify the key points, bolded/highlighted terms, headings, and noted vocabulary words and highlight those and get familiar with them. Also you should read in small bursts if it’s super long so you’ll retain more and not get bored and distracted while you’re reading. Be careful with your highlighting so you don’t highlight everything but make sure to highlight the critical information that will help you to understand the information.
Studying is such a good skill to develop early in your college life because it’s the key to success. I know it’s not the most glamorous thing, and if you’re like me you didn’t really study much in highschool and still were able to skate by alright. In college there’s so much information coming at you and you can’t afford to let it just bounce off of you. You have to study to solidify your learning. It’s important to find a good quiet space without distractions to study, so you can stay on track. Turn off your phone while you study, or leave it on airplane mode so that incoming notifications and calls don’t pull your attention away. It doesn’t have to be strenuous long study sessions, you can break it into chunks to keep your mind fresh and ready to take the information in. If you develop good study habits and skills, you will be successful.
The previous tips I’ve given you will be the most helpful an essential for this last tip. Just about everyone experiences test anxiety in some form. It makes sense too because a lot of money is literally on the line riding on the tests because let’s face it, college is expensive. Some people will draw blank or have small anxiety attacks before or during tests, but the best thing to do is be prepared. Make sure you know the content before you sit down to take the test and that will be your best ally. If you start to get really stressed or nervous tense up your fists and feet and hold it for a few seconds and then release them and feel the stress and tension leave your body, use positive self talk and calm yourself down. Find some questions you know by heart and get going on a roll and stay calm and use stress relieving techniques as needed.
Finally, all of these skills you’ll develop in your first semester will help you set the tone of a successful college career. You’ll do just fine if you stay on top of assignments and study and read effectively. If you do those things, the exams will be a breeze for you and you be able to enjoy college, learn, and get good grades. Once again, welcome to College and congratulations on your choice, best of luck to you!
— Jon Heaton