Module 3 – Efficiency in the Digital Age

Hello compadre nayshon!!

Throughout this module, we learned about the problem that plagues us all: procrastination.  We have all been faced with procrastination in our lives, and it seems difficult to fix.  Putting off large assignments makes it seem like there is not enough time after you have ineffectively managed your time.   Time management is a crucial skill that could massively boost your grades and productivity if utilized in the correct manner.  One way that could make managing your time easier would be to make a time log of your days.  This will allow you to record the time you spend doing sleeping, working, doing homework, or relaxing.  Keeping these logs for the future will allow you to go back and analyze a week where you felt you had more work than time to do that work.  This analysis will allow you to be aware and try to prevent making this mistake in the future.  Another effective time management tool is a calendar.  If you make a calendar listing all the due dates of your assignments along with your class and work times, you will have an easily accessible to-do list for the week.  If you combine this calendar with your time log, you can easily plan certain times for all the things you need to do, making it much easier to work on a project throughout the week instead of trying to do the entire project at the last second.  This year, I began to make a weekly calendar with all of my classes and due date assignments.  This has really boosted my productivity and lowered the stress over last-minute assignments.  I could begin to make a time sheet along with my calendar to further breakdown my free time and more effectively plan my weeks.  This will enable me to space out long papers and big projects, working on them periodically over time instead of at the last minute.  Not only will these methods make you less stressed, but they will also help you create higher quality work and assignments.  Have a great week compadre nayshon! I will be back in 7 days with more tips for your elearning habits.

Module 2 – My First Blog Post for the Compadre Nayshon

What’s up compadre nayshon!

I have decided that over the course of this blog, I will refer to you students as my compadre nayshon. I decided to write this blog because I have been learning a lot of very valuable knowledge in my online learning strategies and skills class that I want to pass on to my nayshon of compadres!

To start things off, this week in my course I learned some very important information about netiquette, also known as your personal etiquette on the web. If you want to be in my nayshon of compadres, you have play in accordance to some simple rules when using the web in order to keep a positive netiquette. The most important rule I learned for keeping a positive netiquette is how to write a positive academic email. This isn’t an informal email to someone in your nayshon of compadres. This is an email for when you are interacting with TAs, professors, or professionals. Three important parts to writing an academic email is to proofread, write in complete sentences, and to add in that you may have already checked your syllabus for this particular question you are seeking an answer for.

One practice I think I already have put into place well is relevant to discussion posts. One of the 6 tips for writing an out of this world, off the charts, compadre nayshon worthy discussion post is to prepare your response in a text editor before you post. I usually put mine in Microsoft Word since I am comfortable with the program. This way you can prevent spelling and grammar mistakes in your discussions online.

Something I want to practice more in the future also is relevant to discussion posts. Another one of the 6 tips was to leave your compadres wanting more. I don’t know if I necessarily do the best job of this, sometimes I get lazy once I have got my main point across and have a lackluster conclusion. In the future I am going to work on really wrapping up my discussion posts in a powerful fashion and leaving my nayshon of compadres on the edge of their seat.

Overall, I think the biggest advice I can give to my compadre nayshon is to PROOF READ YOUR WORK. This is so important to keeping a positive netiquette and a professional image around yourself, yet so many people fail to do so. It doesn’t take as long as you may think and can keep you from looking foolish in an area you could have avoided.

For now compadre nayshon, I will be signing off, but I will be back next week with some more educational nectar for your voluptuous cerebellums.