One tip I found particularly useful was the video on slide 5 by Jen Jonson. The Sq3r method. It was a really great tip for reading texts. I never really thought about skimming a text before reading it. Jonson also explains that noting questions while skimming or reading helps you answer big questions that are easily forgettable. I’ve always imagined studying to be the most effective when you spend long nights drowning head in books, research and assignments just to get a good grade. According to the infographics show it’s scientifically proven this is not the most effective way. One of suggested ways for effective studying was exercising. Getting blood flow through the brain allows chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine to be released. This results better attention span and a better mood for studying. The infographic also says cramming is the least effective way to retain memory. It is almost impossible to remember something a few hours before a bug exam, because the though will not remain inside your long term memory. This is important to me, because it reminds me that I should never cram or wait to start studying. Things will go into my long term memory if start early and review it. I plan on trying to get regular exercise. Going on runs in the afternoon to keep fresh blood in my system, and keep my mood in a better place.
Two big things I picked up towards the end of the lesson that I really liked were multitasking and technology tools that boost learning. One of the biggest problems I face is multitasking. I often struggle with multitasking, especially having a Tv on in the background. This always leads to me wasting a lot of time. It really makes me wonder if I would just do the work first, and then rest later I would have more free time. I also agree that online learning can be really effective. I’ve used sources like quizlet and jeopardy. They are really good to substitute instead of physical ways to study.
This was a really important module for me; because it dealt with procrastination and managing tasks. Slide eleven stood out to me; since it talked about “getting more out of your 24”. This is honestly the biggest reason I started two jobs. It’s not like I woke up one day and my mom said “get ready you have a interview at Kroger”. Seriously tho working to jobs and taking online classes was is on me and I can’t complain about, because it’s my choice. The whole reason I’ve kept these three things is, because i’ll do nothing all day but try hard at video games, watch Netflix, YouTube, browse Tik Tok, and hang out with my friends every day two throughout the weeks. This is all I’ve done for like fourteen years of my summer. I noticed that it feels really pointless and I don’t remember half the stuff I do that summer. This summer I wanted to change that by earning money. The biggest reason I started working two jobs was, because my friend started at a warehouse for his job. He told us for his first pay check, I couldn’t believe he was getting payed more than 700$ a week. Meanwhile I am working at Kroger barley putting out 300 a week. I was not jealous, because he was making way more than me. I just felt like I was at a disadvantage when I could be matching his pay. I hate the feeling of being behind. I feel like I have always been behind others in life. The feeling idea of them being oh man “I’m” set for college means more than you would think. In that statement the person is mentoring something they have that you don’t. That sound really envious and jealous. It’s the truth in all honesty. If I sit at home playing video games, watching Netflix, and scrolling through social media for fifteen or sixteen hours seven days a week what am I really doing with life. Well i’m enjoying it if i’m telling the truth. I realized though as I did these things all day other people would just get ahead of me while I wasted life in a virtual fantasy dream. I understand money does not bring happiness nor should I obsessed in materialistic things. The fact is money still plays a factor in my next upcoming journey to college. I might as well give up my summer for better times ahead hopefully.
Getting back on track doing all this; I now know it’s not as easy as it sounds. A video on slide 8 by Tim Urban hit the nail on its head about procrastination. I really hate the feeling. The feeling of anxiety, stress, plan a,b,c, knowing you’re going to get a bad grade. It all sucks. The mid blowing part is procrastination, stress and bad grades can all be prevented. If I get to college procrastinate, get bad grades, and stress myself out I will never forgive myself. I know college can be a bumpy stomach turning roller coaster, but there is no need to add extra spins or drops to the ride. The three biggest points I took were: breaking down large tasks, making a calendar, and using google sheets. These are ways that really helped me keep track of time. Procrastination is a mental thing as long as I mentally keep training my self with good habits I think I’ll be fine.
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During this week’s module on communication and collaborating the biggest thing I took from this week was dealing with lazy group members. Specifically on slide fifteen. The video “ 5 tips for dealing with lazy group members” by Thomas Frank. One really big tip I took from this video was to incorporate many deadlines within a project. My biggest pet peeve when being assigned with a group, is when someone takes charge and assigns each person something with the end due date, and never communicates again. In my opinion this is not group work. This is just students working on assignments who will all receive the same grade at the end. This is why I usually take on the role of a manager in a group to make sure everyone is comfortable with their role. I like to help with their work if needed, and make sure everyone can help each other. Frank suggests that each person should have mini checkpoints where they send their progress to a manager or a document with everyone in it. This allows the project to actually have communication between all the group members. I will keep this tip in mind, because having good communication and making sure no group is falling behind allows everything to flow a lot easier. Here is the link to to Franks video https://youtu.be/NZRyDgDlvqA
Secondly I found slide seven about typing emails to be very helpful to me. Throughout my years in highschool I never really understood the importance of emailing people. My emails were really unprofessional, and I never took the time to proof read them. I am guilty of using different subject lines, spelling errors, not starting and ending the email properly. I now realize it looks horrendous when an email is poorly constructed. One really big point I took from this was to make the email clear, concise, and to check for other sources, before emailing the professor. I would hate to be that guy that just emails a professor for an easy question that I could find on my own. I now understand proof reading is key to avoid any confusion. I never really proofread, because it’s like hearing your own voice out loud; it just feels weird to me. Maybe it’s because I procrastinate, and I am so exhausted I just say forget about it and turn the paper in. This is something I will change once I start college. I want to actually start my papers early, proofread them, and have others look at them. Slide seven and the website “18 Etiquettes tips for emailing your professor” gave me awesome tips to use when emailing my teachers. If any of you want to read that website I have attached the link below. https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/professors-guide/2010/09/30/18-etiquette-tips-for-e-mailing-your-professor