Student Survival Guide
August 26, 2012
Student Survival Guide
I recently have learned that I have more transferrable credits than I initially thought. This means that I will be moving on from the associates program to my Bachelor’s program sooner than I expected. My classes will be shorter, and the learning will be accelerated. In order to survive the next two years, I have created a Student Survival Guide that I will use to navigate successfully through my Bachelor’s program. The following tips and practices are listed in the order that I deem important to survive my Bachelor’s program.
Before I can get started on my Bachelor’s, I need to re-establish my short-term and ...view middle of the document...
I will continue to place my studies as a priority in the early morning and evening hours. This will allow me time for family responsibilities during the day. I will also take advantage of any free time that I may come across during my day to study and participate in class. By keeping a calendar and prioritizing my responsibilities and activities I should be able to avoid wasting time. I will also make use of my smartphone calendar which will allow me to set alarms so that I do not go over my allotted time for such activities as cleaning the house, walking the dogs or swimming. I understand that there will be occasions when my schedule will be disrupted because of a sick child or an emergency. Should this happen I do have friends that I can call on to help out and I have learned that I should not be afraid to do so. If I follow my schedule and keep myself on task, than I will be able to keep up with my studies and assignments.
To also be successful in my studies I have to work in a fashion that fits my personality. I am a highly organized person. I live, work and study well in a structured environment. I prefer a process oriented teaching style that dispenses information in a linear manner. To accommodate my style I will use hardcopies of the syllabus and reading materials. This allows me to highlight important information and make notes where necessary. I will also use flash cards to reinforce substantial information. As I do now, I will print off my answers to discussion questions and responses to students from the online forum for future reference. To this date, I have only experienced structured teaching styles at University of Phoenix. When I encounter a teaching style that does not fit my learning style, my strategy is to write down everything that I can, reread as many times as necessary and rewrite notes in a structure that is conducive to my style in order to learn the material and be successful in my class.
Reading comprehension and retention are essential in just about everything I do. To be successful in class I will continue to use the SQ3R method. I was not so sure that I would like the method at first, but as I have continued to use it I have found that it fits very nicely with the reading and note taking process that I have already established. I will continue to follow through with surveying and questioning because it allows me to clue...