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Student Success

The following ideas come from students and faculty about how to succeed in this course or college in general.

  • Results of an anonymous in-class poll on reading strategies students are using in ENG 112 indicates the importance of re-reading, especially for poems and stories, but also for any challenging reading such as in college textbooks.  But re-reading of a paragraph or two to get a specific idea (so what's the difference again between mitosis and meiosis?) does NOT mean studying for an exam by re-reading the chapters.  Read once to index the textbook chapter with highlighting/underlining and marginal annotations or summary/reaction notes in a notebook; review the marked information in order to condense it in weekly summaries or to make charts for comparison/contrast or concept maps, etc.--to REHEARSE the ideas in the text and class notes.
  • Results of an anonymous in-class poll on how ENG 112 is changing the enrollees' attitudes toward literature indicate that students who finish this course gain a new perspective on music, movies, and television programs, plus a new appreciation for written literature as having a broader range and more to do with real life than they had thought previously.
  • Advice from the Litonline design team for succeeding in an online course
  • Video advice from Dartmouth college on studying for college
  • Website of the Freshman Seminar for the University of Wisconsin, Marathon County, includes advice on note-taking and time-management, plus handling college textbooks and other survival methods for college.

Links from the JSRCC Distance Education Orientation Exercise

  • Thanks to former online ENG 112 student Elizabeth Evans for these links--
    • Mood:
      Set a positive mood for yourself to study in.
      Select the appropriate time, environment, and attitude.
    • Understand:
      Mark any information you don't understand in a particular unit.
      Keep a focus on one unit or a manageable group of exercises.
    • Recall:
      After studying the unit, stop and put what you have learned into your own words.
    • Digest:
      Go back to what you did not understand and reconsider the information.
      Contact external expert sources (e.g., other books or an instructor) if you still cannot understand it.
    • Expand:
      In this step, ask three kinds of questions concerning the studied material:
      • If I could speak to the author, what questions would I ask or what criticism would I offer?
      • How could I apply this material to what I am interested in?
      • How could I make this information interesting and understandable to other students?
    • Review:
      Go over the material you've covered.
      Review what strategies helped you understand and/or retain information in the past and apply these to your current studies.

    Adapted from Hayes, John R., The Complete Problem Solver, Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, Hillsdale, NJ: 1989.  ISBN: 0805803092       copied by permission

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