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
- Advice from the Litonline design team for
succeeding in an
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--
Set a positive mood for yourself to study
Select the appropriate time, environment, and attitude.
Mark any information you don't understand in a
Keep a focus on one unit or a manageable group of exercises.
After studying the unit, stop and put what you have learned
into your own words.
Go back to what you did not understand and reconsider the
Contact external expert sources (e.g., other books or an instructor)
if you still cannot understand it.
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?
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.
from Hayes, John R., The Complete Problem Solver, Lawrence
Erlbaum Publishers, Hillsdale, NJ: 1989. ISBN: 0805803092