In module 5, I learned many different learning strategies and skills such as the demands in a college classroom, taking better notes, ways to take notes, active listening and more. In this blog post I will share what I found most useful, how i’m currently using what I learned in module 5 in my current semester and my advice to become a better note taker!
In module 5, I found active listening while taking notes the most useful lesson on module 5. Many of us have a hard time activity staying on pace in lectures and often doze off into our imagination. One of the methods I found really effective is the outline method which is creating bullet points of the main points of your lecture then add lower level points to fill in the details. I will add an example of outline method below this paragraph. Another method I found effective was the write on the slides method. At OSU many of us have I-pads and are able to use this method by importing our lecture slides into notability and writing side notes on each slide during lecture.
Out line method example
A) Ohio State
1. Great education (Main point)
a) #1 public university in Ohio (details)
What I learned in module 5 that i’m currently using this semester is using my I-pad instead of my notebook to write down notes. I find this method very helpful because of the convenience. I import the slides to notability and write down side notes and highlight what my professor points out during the lecture on what he/she will be testing for. Using my Ipad keeps me organized and I never have to look through my binders for the notes while studying. I highly recommend this method as it could potentially save you time and help improve your experience as a student at Ohio State.
Now finally to my advice for note taking and active listening!
- Highlight/write down the key points of your lecture
- Notes shouldn’t be overfilled with information
- Be sure to focus more on the lecture, don’t overdue the notes
- Stay organized to save time
- Try to question yourself on the topic while reviewing your notes
- Listen to the lecture then write down the notes as you go
Slide 15 module 5: https://osu.instructure.com/courses/91565/pages/lesson-module-5?module_item_id=4997000
In Module 4, I have learned many great lesson topics such as active reading, foundations strategic studying and boosting your learning with technology. Out of all the lessons, I have found the science of studying the most useful, I was able to relate to the lesson and apply it with my study problems. I was already applying some of the good study techniques in this lesson such as working out in between study session.
A specific example that I have put into practice that I have learned in this module was giving my assignments undivided attention by avoiding multitasking. In module 4, slide 18 it cites “Dividing attention means that you end up understanding less”, I felt that I had a problem with multitasking when i’m studying and i’m currently trying my best to avoid it by eliminating distractions and by focusing one class at a time.
An idea I can put into practice from this module in the future is using more technology apps/sites to help study. In module 4 slide 23, it has many websites that could help me achieve good study habits. I believe that Quiz-let will be very useful. I can use Quiz-let to make flash cards based on key points of my lectures and have the concepts down more efficiently.
Some advice i’d give a student based on what I have read and experienced are
- Get plenty of sleep and avoid all nighters
- Work out or move around in between study sessions
- Avoid multitasking while studying
- Find a good app/website that will help you improve as a student
- Truly understand what you’re reading and don’t highlight useless information
- Don’t allow yourself to get stressed out over a hw assignment, don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Slide 18 module 4 https://osu.instructure.com/courses/91565/pages/lesson-module-4?module_item_id=4996990
Slide 23 module 4 https://osu.instructure.com/courses/91565/pages/lesson-module-4?module_item_id=4996990
In module 3, I have learned many great new things such as ways to help prevent procrastinations, improve time management, types of tools to use to help improve my academic success and types of distractions. Out of all the lessons, I have found the lesson of reducing digital distractions the most useful. I feel that it’s very common for students to struggle with digital distractions and i’m guilty of it.
I have started to put eliminating digital distractions to practice. Since high school I use to do assignments the morning it was due because of procrastination and tried my best to prevent it. I have currently been putting my phone upside down, with notifications turned off. This strategy has helped me become a better student but after going through the lesson on module three, I believe setting my phone in another room will be very effective.
An idea I can put into my academic career is breaking dow large task. As an IT major I always have a large coding project due every week. I tend to wait a few days before the due date and it seems that I need to start breaking down the project to complete my project efficiently, especially with the next project coming up. In slide fourteen on module three it sites “Make your large task more manageable by breaking it into smaller pieces.” This quote is very helpful because why should a student wait until the last second causing a snow ball effect. I hope to gain this skill in the near future as it will help me in my post college career.
Some advice i’d give students who have a hard time with time management and procrastination is to examen yourself. What’s the cause of this problem and how can you help improve yourself. Could it be because of your study environment? A tip i’d give a student is to track your time mentioned in slide twelve from the lesson and see how you’re using your twenty four hours. This strategy will help you break down your day and help you spot where you can improve!
Slide fourteen lesson three module three https://osu.instructure.com/courses/91565/pages/lesson-module-3? module_item_id=4996980
Slide twelve lesson three module three https://osu.instructure.com/courses/91565/pages/lesson-module-3?module_item_id=4996980
A useful tool i’ve learned in module 2 is the tools provided from google. Most of us know what google docs is but not many of us know the useful tools provided from google with just having a gmail such as google slides, forms sheets drive and more. Creating a google drive folder and sharing it with your group members is a great way to efficiently get work done. No one in the group needs to send emails around the work because everyone can access the group assignment at the same time and prevents late submissions due to a group member being absent. This also prevents messy emails.
This image is from the video in slide 23, it shows how efficient group members are accessing the group assignment without the struggle of sending constant emails. As late as I am to this concept, I hope to start using google drive in my future assignments, not only is it good for group work but its great for individual work as well. Another perk of google drive is the fact that it always saves your work on a cloud instead of your computer.
Tips for using google drive
1.) Stay organized, don’t keep your folders unorganized
2.) Don’t forget to allow group members to be able to edit
3.) Make sure all your group members are willing to use google drive
4.) Don’t change your partners work without talking to them about it
5.) Be sure to be an active contributor to group assignments
slide 21-23 https://osu.instructure.com/courses/91565/pages/lesson-module-2?module_item_id=4996963
video link from slide 23 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRqUE6IHTEA&feature=emb_logo