The most useful thing I learned in Module 4 was that multitasking isn’t as effective as you think! I multitask quite often while I am trying to get school work done and now that I know this I won’t be doing it as much in the future. Your skills aren’t as effective when you are multitasking which makes sense but I never really thought about it until now. In the future I plan on sticking to one thing at a time and put all my effort and attention to that one thing in hopes of it being done to the best of its ability (Source: Excerpted from page 17 in e-Learning Companion: A Student’s Guide to Online Success). According to the slides in the lesson even if you don’t think you are giving any attention to the tv playing in the background, you are. I plan to put myself in a situation where there are limited distractions so I can put forth all my effort to the task that I’m trying to get accomplished, most likely school work. The advice I’d give to students from this module is to do your best to stay focused by putting yourself in a good environment to succeed. Distractions effect your performance even if you don’t think it is distracting you. Put yourself in a room where you can just simply focus on whatever work you need to get done and the results will show for themselves.
The most useful thing that I learned in Module 3 is that it’s actually a lot easier to stay organized and use your time wisely than I previously thought. Making a weekly calendar is what I plan on doing from now on to help with my school work and also other life plans. I took a class during the spring semester similar to this one, where we also did a similar assignment tracking our hours of the day in hopes of keeping your life organized. I decided to not continue with the calendar approach after the assignment we did and looking back it wasn’t a great idea. There were times last semester where I forgot about an assignment or lost track of what I had planned for the future. This time I am really going to stick with it, and hopefully I begin to see it paying off in my life. Some advice that I’d give to future students especially those just entering college would be to make sure you stay organized. In college there are a lot of things going on between school, clubs, social life, etc. that you should do your best to stay organized, it will pay off.
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The most useful thing I learned in Module 2 was the correct way to email your professors. Not that I didn’t already know not to use abbreviations and act unprofessional, but the correct format of the email is what I didn’t know. Since you are writing an email and this professor may not know you personally, it is important to be very clear and concise with who you are and what the reason for the email is. If you write a sloppy email and it is known you didn’t put a lot of effort into it, your professor may not take you as serious as someone else who writes more professionally. In the future I will follow the guidelines on how to structure an email to a professor in the best way possible. “…lasting impressions will be made because of your email interactions.” This quote from the module slides made me think and it’s very true. Most of the time this is the only type of impression you get to have on a professor so make it count! There is a better chance they will remember you and help you out in the future if your first impression is a good one.