The most important thing I learned from module 5 is the different types of note taking. I was very interested in the video where frank talks about his top five choices for note taking. He included Cornell method, Mind Map method, flow method, and writing on the slides. I am the kid in class that writes down everything. My notes are broke down into topics but are not very organized. I feel like any one of these methods would be very helpful for me. Last week I made a bubbly chart which is similar to the mind map method. I found it very easy to break my topic up into smaller sections. I do not think that the map is beneficial during the actual note taking process. I feel it is best used after note taking. It is a good way to review your notes and compile similar topics together. I personally use the outline method and that is my go to method. I feel it keeps my topics separate and it is the fastest method for me when I am taking notes in class. In the future I would like to try the Cornell method. It seems very helpful and gives you something to think about after you’re done taking notes. I can write out some questions on the cue side while I’m taking my notes. When I am done with the class I will take some time out to summarize everything I learned during the class. The advice I would give future students is do not write out every word the professor says. It will tire you out and half way through the class you will not want to take anymore notes. Listen for important words and the tone of the professor. Try many different methods until you find what is right for you. Once you get into the routine of note taking it will get easier over time.
This most important topic I have learned from module four is about memory. I have always been able to remember a lot of different things. I always felt like a had a photographic memory because even after seeing it once I could usually recall where an item was in a room. I think memory is most important to me because it is very hard to study and read through all of the material for the class. So I like to write out flash cards to help me. I would write it out in my own words so I better understood it, then would study them on repeat for many days in a row. I would work with a study buddy to often.
So at this point I have already done some of the suggested study strategies that were named in this module. When it came to test time though, I could not remember half of what I had studied over and over again. I knew the material studying but when it came time for testing I only knew the easier words or definitions. I believe this is because I had studied for hours without breaks and I had done it daily. I did not give myself time to process material and let it move it’s way into my long term memory. In the future I will try out the 5-box method described in one of the videos. I feel this will help me give myself time to remember the trickier terms and overall be more helpful when it comes time to take an exam.
To future students, I highly suggest the exercising to stimulate the brain. I have done this today actually trying out this method. I took about a 20 minute jog on the treadmill then went to do some homework. I was amazed how much easier this weekly assignments were. I have been more creative and I actually have decreased the amount of time it usually takes me to complete my weekly assignments. I also, tested out the theory of taking a nap to produce those chemicals in the brain that help with performance. I too, think this was helpful mainly because I had read a few chapters of my book and while I was sleeping I was actually dreaming of some of the topics. I woke up remembering the majority of what I had read whereas on a day without a nap after I do not remember much maybe a topic or two from my reading.
The most important thing I learned from module 3 is I am a fear of failing procrastinator. I never really knew why I would wait until the last minute to complete assignments. Most times, I knew I was just overwhelmed with the work load. I later realized that I was not only overwhelmed with the work load but overwhelmed with the thought of getting a bad grade at something I worked hard on. I am always excited when I see i recurved a B on an assignment I finished at the last minute. Instead of should be upset I didn’t start earlier and try harder to receive an A. The main thing I learned is you will never understand the problem if you don’t know you have one. All of us procrastinate so it doesn’t seem like a problem but realizing that I am afraid to fail is deeper than just finishing an assignment.
I have always been very smart when it comes to tackling a big project. I always break it down into little steps that make the task more manageable. This is one thing from the module that I already do often. I work with my boss on knew projects and he often gets stressed by the amount of work that needs to be done. I am always writing him out a list of things that need to get done. This seems to help him and I out a lot and makes it virtually stress free.
Making a calendar with a list of everything I need to get done will help me tremendously to complete my tasks. Like I said before I make daily lists out of the things I need to get done, so doing it on a broader spectrum will help me to really visualize every thing I need to complete. I know we all like to push stuff off. I enjoy going to get dinner and drinks with my friends every now and again so just visually seeing when I am able to take a day off from assignments or work will be very helpful.
The advice I would give to future students is make the calendar or to-do list. It will be less stressful for you in the days and weeks to come. It will give you a sense of fulfillment once you’ve completed all of your tasks. Also, never be afraid of failure. I am realizing this later than I should of. We all will fail from time to time but just like other negative events in our life, we will learn something from it. Life is all about trial and error, so don’t get down on yourself on the rainy days. Learn to dance in the rain!
Communicating and Collaboration
This is my first blog post ever! I’ve learned a lot from Module 2 already. The thing I found very interesting were the tips for bloggers.i like that they point out that blogs are made from one person and they may not always be factual. Often times they are biased and we need to keep that in mind when reading a blog. I am currently partaking in one of the tips and that is writing in Microsoft Word to ensure there aren’t any grammatical errors. I was also not aware of how important it was to professors to properly write out an email. I have always addressed the teacher with “Dear, and their proffered name”, but did not really know the right and wrong ways to send an email. I never really ever addressed referring back to the syllabus or thought of asking others in the class before the professor. I will keep that in mind when sending another email to my professors. I have found a lot of the information to be informative and for the most part new material for me. I have always known about keeping good etiquette online. Anything is traceable and new employers can look at any of your social media in determining if you are a good fit. Overall, I think this class will be very helpful for me.
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