Module 4: Web-Enhanced Reading and Study Strategies Blog Post

     This week materials are my favorite so far. The lessons are very practical and highly useful for college students in my opinion. With ubiquitous access to internet and its ever-growing utility, it’s great to learn about how the web can be empowering, educational, and helpful on many levels and in many ways. I have discovered many great websites that can help me learn and succeed in college from different angles. It’s not just about how long we can sit and try to crunch the information, but it’s also about how we manage our time, the importance of having enough rest, methods to read actively, how to learn effectively, why is it worthwhile to understand how memory works, and so on. College or ultimately life success depends on many things. Some things might not seem important superficially, yet they have considerable impacts that we might have not been paying enough attention to. Apart from that, we are also able to utilize many technology tools (i.e. websites, apps, etc.) to enhance our learning. Like I’ve mentioned, this couple of websites ( Link 1Link 2), for example, are valuable for tips on memorization techniques and methods. I would be using many of the websites seemingly for years to come. As a fellow college student, I’d like to remind all of us that technology specifically the web can help us be more productive and successful students if we know how to use it. It may be more useful than we might think it would. Therefore, why not use it for effective learning? I mean wouldn’t we be better off if we spend as much time on the internet doing things that we’ve learned this week as we do on social media? Ouch that hurts me.

Module 3: Efficiency in the Digital Age Blog

The most interesting thing to me in this week’s module is the TED talk video “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator” (Link). The speaker is very creative and amusing in delivering a speech on his own experience of procrastination.I can relate to the idea of the monkey in the head that always craves instant gratification. When I tried to start on a homework, there have been many times where I found something else to do that would instantly please me so I postpone doing whatever I should do. I do realize that it only feels good at that moment (and will be a disaster later as a consequence), but it’s easier than having to type an essay or etc. When the due dates were near, I freaked out and started stressing out. The funny thing is that it has happened over and over again. It’s not that I didn’t feel very bad the first time. However, many times it’s just not about instant gratification that makes me procrastinate. It’s poor time management too. Sometimes I think that I have enough time to do, say an assignment, but only to find myself running out of time later. Making a schedule or something like a daily list of tasks is going to be my first step to overcome this issue.  I will not try to act as if I have all the plans in my head anymore. I really need to change my lifestyle for the better. For those who face similar problems regarding procrastination, I highly suggest that you have long-term goals to mitigate our pursuit of instant gratification. By having a vision, we would be reminded about the risks associated with indulging in some instantly gratifying activities.

Module 2: Communicating and Collaborating

When we talk with each other face-to-face, we are aware of the social norms, appropriate manners, courtesy, et cetera. Why we do this depends on many things, but the most common reason is, put it simply, us being rational. What rationality means here is that we realize that conversing, working and existing in the same space with others are just a part of life that is very crucial. Hence we treat others nicely because we know that we can help each other and make it better for everybody. The law of reciprocity demands us to pay kindness with kindness. It’s one of the elements in life that makes our lives better. However, communication and collaboration in “virtual spaces” are fundamentally different. When we’re communicating through online means like using social medias and email services, or collaborating with others without being present physically, many people tend to change their behaviors. Some of these changes are beneficial, but what’s alarming if those that are negative such as being blatantly rude. Rudeness is especially pervasive on social medias since, for example, Facebook is used as a site to casually communicate with others. So, a social media user is usually tempted to say things that come to the mind whether it’s bad or not. A person may be even more ruthless when talking to people that he or she doesn’t personally know. It’s important to know how to properly communicate and collaborate with others online. Students, particularly, should be concerned about this because our lives may oftentimes require us to do something that has to do with communicating or collaborating online. I really like the “Tips for Online Students to Work Successfully in Virtual Groups”  by Drexel University (Link). One thing that stand outs to me among the tips is that we should be honest, but also be respectful at the same time. If you disagree, do not mock other people, or be childishly dismissive of their opinions. Let them know what you think respectfully and succinctly. To close this blog post, what we can at least do and do immediately is imagine that we’re talking to people face-to-face next time we’re on the internet. That should keep our manners in check a little bit, wouldn’t it?