Searching and Researching- Module 6

This module was my least favorite, but is definitely one of the most important in my opinion! Personally, I hate writing papers, but knowing how to write one properly is very important, especially in college. Here is a video from the module that I found extremely helpful and good to look back to:

Research papers can be a handful, and the reason why regards the sources you use. Finding credible sources is a MUST because you can’t have a successful paper without a reliable source. To find these, using the right database is important. I know Google Scholar is utilized a lot, but personally I like to use the university’s library database to find my sources, but don’t just rely on that. Once you find a source that seems appropriate, look for the reliability, quality, and utility of the source. Try to avoid any website with the prefix Wiki- in front of it; those sources are unreliable because anyone can gain access to editing the document. If you still can’t find any luck after doing all these things, maybe try to edit your research question or the phrasing of what you type into the search bar. Research questions are not suppose to have a technical “right” or “wrong” answer, so keep that in mind when you go looking for your sources!

Web Enhanced Listening and Viewing Strategies- Module 5

As college students, effective college study is needed to be successful in college. Staying up studying for several hours may not be the best way to learn and grasp new information. From this week’s module, I thought this video was very helpful in describing how effective learning works and how it is done.

From this week’s Module 5, I have learned and focused on different aspects of studying. I think the two most important things when it comes to learning is active listening and note taking. It is easy to get distracted in class, especially here at The Ohio State University where there can be lectures as big as 500 people! Something to keep in mind is that lecture won’t be that long compared to other things you do in your day, so it’s very important to stay engaged during the whole duration on the lecture. Personally, I find it helpful to silent ans put away my phone to avoid distractions and multitasking. When it comes to note taking, I personally like typing, not because its faster, but sometimes hand written notes take too long, so I don’t comprehend what I’m writing; when I type my notes, I find myself saying every word I type out in my head, so I don’t get lost in the lecture. Different things work better for different people, but active listening and the right type of note taking can take your future success a long way!

Web-Enhanced Reading and Study Strategies- Module 4

In this module, I learned several things that have an impact on my study habits. First, I find that when I study, it is difficult for me to stay fully engaged when I’m reading. When I try to underline and highlight things to keep me focused, I try not to let mindless highlighting to get the best of me; this video in the lesson is something I found very helpful:

It is important to truly process what you are trying to read/study, especially in college where we have to take in lots of new information every day!

Another thing that goes hand-in-hand with focused studying is memorization. For me, I have always struggled with being distracted during my studying, and it makes memorization very difficult. My advice is to get rid of all/any possible distractions around you. I am extremely guilty of multi-tasking when I study and it can be as small as watching a movie or listening to music. After this module, I realize that even the small distractions can take away your attention, which means you are learning less, understanding less, and being less productive with your studying. I also recommend taking 5-10 minute breaks after every hour of studying so that you can truly be productive when you need to.

Efficiency in the Digital Age- Module 3

This module was very useful for me; as soon as I opened the slides I knew that this week’s topic applied to my struggles and goals. My struggle (and most college students’ struggle) is procrastination, as it was addressed on the first slides of this module. This is a very common problem, so I found this module extremely helpful and I learned lots of useful things. First, scheduling your tasks on a Calendar (using Google Calendar) is an extremely useful resource that I found helpful. I like having a to-do list so I know what needs to get done throughout the week. The fact that Google Calendar has this feature along with a scheduling component helps me break down my days, weeks, and even months so I have a strong grasp on what each day will be like. Here’s the link below to Google Calendar if anyone wants to try this resource:

Google Calendar

I strongly advice using this or something similar! Our lives are very busy so we need to be able to keep up with it. After this module, I also got to observe my daily habits for a week through Time Tracking on the Google Spreadsheet. I learned that I watch a little too much TV, but that my schoolwork to personal/leisure time was what I wanted it to be! Everyone needs their relaxation time, but too much of that obviously isn’t the best thing, especially for college students; our schedules are crazy! I saw that I spent about twice as much time doing schoolwork than I did on personal/leisure time which I think is a good balance, and the best part is I felt very relaxed throughout the week! If you want to get a feel for how you spend your time I recommend this technique as well.