Module 5: Web-Enhanced Listening and Viewing Strategies

In this module, I think I know better of how to take notes and the functions of taking notes properly.

I will try to ask myself more questions and use the concept maps to help me take note in the future, which are introduced by Professor Stephen Chew. Asking more questions could help me figure out the key points for readings and classes. As results, when I review for exams or quizzes, I don’t have to go back for the whole files and read it again, which saves me much time. I have also tried concept maps recently. Usually, I have lots of terms to remember. And sometime,  I confuse the meaning of nouns because there’s so much to remember. Concept maps better helps me make structures for my classes and readings. In addition, it clarify key points as well. I can use concept maps to test myself which part I have remembered and which part I haven’t.

Notes play a significant role in my study. Some professors provides files for taking notes while some don’t. And the proper ways to take notes could really help us and save our time. Taking notes could help me do a brief summary. Taking notes could help me create a set of memory cues of the points. Taking notes could help me engage in class. It makes sure that I pay attention to teacher’s words and forces me to conclude it because it’s useless to write down all the words the teacher says.

Module 4: Web-Enhanced Reading and Study Strategies

For this module, I think the most two important things I learn are SQ3R for active reading and better understanding of people’s memory model.

SQ3R is a better way to force me do the readings for my classes as most students have huge reading materials. S stands for Skim, which means we can choose any comfortable way, skimming all the content and having a brief idea about the article. Q stands for question. It means before starting reading, we should ask ourselves some questions and find the answer for it by doing the reading. 3R stands for Read, Recite and Review. This process helps us find the answers for our previous questions and could force us complete the reading through the questions even the most boring reading assignment. Also don’t do mindless highlighting. Do not highlight the whole sentences but mark important connections in the sentences instead. Highlighting the whole sentences is useless and isolate the information from the whole article, a terrible strategy. It doesn’t mean we should not do the highlighting but do it in a more scientific way which will help us more.

Second is about how we memorize things, the information process model. First, we memorize unlimited things for 2-3 seconds. After that, our brain will clear some part of it, and only memorize 5-9 items for 5-20 seconds. At last, we will only remember those encoded things and keep retrieving them. So it’s significant for us to memorize things more scientifically.

I will try the strategies in the future and hope I will do better with the help.

Module 3: Efficiency in the Digital Age

As for this module, what I am most impressed is the “Instant Gratification Monkey”.  I really agree with Tim Urban’s words. For those procrastinators, like me, they usually start to work until they have to. So if we don’t want to be a procrastinator, what we should do first is to find out why we choose to procrastinate. So from the course material, I think 3 reasons why students procrastinate. But for most people, I think the reason is they don’t have an exact deadline. So they don’t have the pressure to manage their time to the tasks and keep enjoying watching TV and series and so on. For those who have deadline, they always to choose to start the project until the last few days or even the last night.

So how can we manage our time more effectively? That’s also the most useful things I learned in this module- 10 minute rule and tracking your time. Breaking big things into small manageable tasks. After that, you’ll find it’s easier to finish the big job. Tracking your time helps me realize how much time I study and how much I waste watching series. Time is a my own choice. So, what I do in this minute is totally my own decision. Waste it or not is also my choice. I will use the 10-minute rule and track my time in the future to avoid being a procrastinator.

Module 2: Communicating and Collaborating

So in this module, there are two things that interest me most.

First is about Netiquette. In our life today, each of us is inseparable from the Internet. As we post and comment on the Internet, we also have to keep manners. So, after watching the video, I tend to reflect on whether some of my online behavior has maintained my digital reputation. People often make some radical or even uncivilized remarks on the Internet because they are not real-name system. So people don’t communicate in the virtual world the way they do in real life. Some people regard the Internet as a way to vent their emotions and attack others maliciously, which destroy their digital reputation. But for me, I think I did well. I usually share some pictures I took during travelling or just post something I really like. I don’t like to judge other’s life so I don’t often comment after other’s post.

Second is about online collaboration. Due to the pandemic, we have been changed to online classes for several months, which made me really want to go back to campus and have classes in classroom face-to-face. As a result, all group projects are completed online. So this video introduces me more ways to collaborate with my friends and group members. Creating shareable documents on the network largely solves the problem of files not being backed up or even not shared. It is also convenient for students from different time zones to finish their homework together. I think I will use Google Drive to share my research results with my team members in the future.

Wenxi Lu