module 7: Maintaining Motivation Blog Post

The most useful thing I learned in this module is that the App such as Forest can help me concentrate on my work.

I have try listening to music, clean my workspace to help me focus on my studying. At the beginning, listening to music is great to me, and it can help me avoid those noise from the outside. However, sometimes I will focus on listening to music instead of studying. Thus, I know that this is not a good way to help me concentrate. Moreover, cleaning my workspace even help me less that listening to music, because the problem that I cannot focus on studying is that I want to watch Netflix or play video game even if I study in library.

I think the App Forest will be helpful for me, because the way it help you focus on something is reward you a tree when you successfully focus on your work for a period. Hence, I feel this is like a game for me, and it can give me a lots sense of achievements. In this way, I can more easily to focus, because it will not make me focus on studying but reward me after I can focus successfully.

The advice I can give every student is that they can think about what the results will be, if you do not focus on your work and do somethings else. For example, if you cannot focus on review your note for your final exam, just think about that you will get a low grade, and your GPA will be low, and if you feel this is not good, you can continue your review. But if you feel this does not matter, you do not want a good grade at the first place.


module 6: Searching and Researching Blog Post

The most useful thing that I learn from this module is that I need to consider the reliability, quality, and utility when I use the resource for my academic paper. In the past, I only consider about the reliability, but now I know that I also must consider whether the resource is well construction and has enough details.

The thing from this module that I already put into practice is that I use google scholar search resources for my academic paper. For example, I write about the topic of patriarchy in The Walking Dead this semester in my English 1110.01, and I can easily find the resources by just type in patriarchy in “The Walking Dead”, and there will be some good resources show up.

The idea I can put into practice in the future is I can type in a subtopic or restrict when I search a website. For example, if I just type in “how dose alcohol affect brain”, I can get a lot of results but probably hard to find a website that satisfied my expectations. However, I can type in “the experiment that shows how dose alcohol affect brain” so that I will get more academical results.

I suggest when students searching for resources, they can put double quotes around the subtitle. For instance, if I just type patriarchy in The Walking Dead, I will get many TV reviews. Nevertheless, it is better to type patriarchy in “The Walking Dead”. Thus, you will find that the result is more relevant the patriarchy in TWD this show but not reviews.


Module 5:Web-Enhanced Listening and Viewing Strategies Blog Post

The most useful things I have learned in this module is about the strategies and tips of note taking.

An example that I have put into practice is that I often search for the knowledge that I feel confused about in the lecture. Moreover, I also will search how to solve questions that I do not know how to figure out on the assignment. And the website I usually used is “chegg”, “symbol calculator”, and “coursehero”. With these websites, I can easily figure out how to solve the problems in homework. The reason why I choose not to ask TA often is that TA usually sees my message the next day and then answers my questions, and office hour will often conflict with my schedule.

The idea I can put into practice is the strategies of note taking I learned from this module. In the “note taking in class” video, I learn that I should take note more specific and more structural. I sometimes will encounter the problem that it is hard for me to find the note that I want to review. I will encounter this problem because I did not write topic of each lecture or some specific points. Moreover, I was less likely to use bullet point to subhead the note. Thus, I should practice the tip and ideas that the video taught me, and I belief I can better organize my note and being a good note taker.

The advices I give to other students is that taking note on iPad or other digitalize notetaker is better than use paper to take notes. The reason why I recommend digital note is that it is easier for us to find and save the notes. For example, if we take too much notes of a course, we can use the search function in iPad, but we cannot do it if we use paper. Furthermore, digital note is easier to save because the you can backup your notes on iCloud. But it can be hard to find a good place to reserve all the notes you have taken.


Module4:Web-Enhanced Reading and Study Strategies Blog Post

One of the most useful things I learned was some useful habits about reading. When we read a book, it often happens that we don’t remember the contents of the book after reading it. So we need to make some notes when we read, such as marking the places that we find useful.We can also read books with questions, for example, we can set several questions for ourselves, such as what the author wants to express, what is the purpose of the auther, so that when we are reading books, we can concentrate more easily, because we are looking for the answer. 

The idea that I can put into practice is avoiding multitasking. I have a lot of experience with this. Sometimes when I encountered a problem that I cannot solve, I will go to solve some economic’s problems that I know how to solve. However, when I had problems in my economics homework that I couldn’t solve, I went back to the math. In this case, I not only cannot improve my working efficiency, but slow down my wokring speed. Thus, I think I should just focus on a certain questions that I do not know. It is better for me to ask friends or my TA for that question instead of jumping over it. 

The advice I can give other students is that study hard the night before the exam cannot help you increase your grade but you should have a good rest the night before the exam. Because human need enough sleep to memorize things. Thus, if we cannot get enough sleep at night, we cannot remember the knowledge even though we study hard the night before the exam.

Module3: Efficiency in the Digital Age Blog Post

The most useful tip I have learned from this module is turning off my notification when I need to focus on work.

I have put the specific tip of “ultimate goal vs. immediate desire” into practice. When I face I midturn or final exam, I know that I need to review a lot of notes, and I will feel to much work to be done. Thus, I may hard to start review for my exam. However, if I use the tip “ultimate goal vs. immediate desire”, I will know that I want a good grade instead of play video game. And I can set play video game as my ultimate goal. In such way, I can more easily to beginning my review for exam.

I can put the idea of “break a large job down into small pieces” into practice into future. For example, if I need to look at a lot of notes for my Econ exam, it is hard to start by thinking that there are a lot of job I need to do. Nevertheless, I can sperate those jobs into small task. For instance, if I have look at ten notes for reviewing, I can sperate them by just looking one note each day.

I recommended students also using the tips “ultimate goal vs. immediate desire” and “break down a large task into small task” at not only studying but also life. We can be more efficiency and easier to get work done by using those tips. For example, if it is hard for you to clean the room in one day, then change the goal by cleaning the room in three days. I think it is much easier for everyone to do so.


Communicating and Collaborating Blog Post

The most thing I learned from this module is making a goal. Because goals can not only clearly guide the direction of my efforts, but also in the process of achieving one goal after another, I will get a great sense of accomplishment to encourage me to continue to work hard.

The specific thing that I have already put into practice is prioritization. By using the skill of prioritization, I can set priorities at the beginning of each week or each time I receive a new assignment, and then I can methodically complete the high-to-low-priority assignments. I usually prioritize assignments by how easy they are and when they are due. Therefore, I seldom or rarely fail to finish my homework.

I can put the idea of making time schedule into practice in the future. For example, I can make a time tracking spreadsheet like this week’s assignment, and then I can check what I do at the end of the day, and know what time of day I don’t arrange well and use my time properly. Thus, I can gradually improve my time management and utilization.

I suggest that students write down their goals and divide them into short-term and long-term goals. In this way, students can get a sense of accomplishment and motivation when they achieve their short-term goals, and they can also see themselves getting closer to their long-term goals. Hence, students are better able to succeed academically