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Module 5: Web-Enhanced Listening and Viewing Strategies

Throughout my highschool days I was able to just float through the note taking process. I did not pay much attention to what I was writing, highlighting, or paying attention to while my teacher was instructing the lesson. I was able to do this and get good grades because highschool was easy for me. But as I began college, I soon got a wake up call. This is probably true for most college freshman. We all were top of our class in highschool, but when we came to college it was a whole new story. But with some of these tips I am about to share, I was able to improve my note taking which resulted in easier and better studying. Some of these tips can be found in the website https://open.lib.umn.edu/collegesuccess/chapter/4-4-got-notes/. These include tips for taking notes in certain styles such as lists, outlines, concept maps, and the Cornell method. For myself, I tend to find the outline method the most effective. I am able to create main ideas and write subheadings underneath to create important facts/ideas to go back and look over later. I find studying to be a lot easier when I use this method because I am able to remember what the main idea is and the main points that relate. I am also able to write down a lot quickly because I am only writing few key words. I feel like you have to be very involved and focused in class when using this method so you do not miss any important facts and main ideas. I hope this description helps you out and your note taking improves immensely!

Module 4: Web-Enhanced Reading and Study Strategies

This week’s module really hit home with me because it was all about improving online reading and study strategies. All of us, together, are encountering online classes that require us to read and understand material found online. For myself, I realized that some of the strategies I in this module I already do in my studying. For example, I tend to create abbreviations for main topics and or details I need to remember for the classes I am taking. These abbreviations are an example of Mnemonics; which are strategies and ways to help improve memory when getting the grasp of material. There are also 8 other types of Mnemonics which include rhyming and singing, these all can be found from the website¬†verywellhealth.com/memory-tip-1-keyword-mnemonics-98466. For example, I use the abbreviation method in my math class. The abbreviation “PEDAL” stands for parentheses, exponents, division/multiplication, addition/subtraction, and left to right. This shows how to solve order of operation math problems. So far, this helpful tool has improved my memory when doing homework. I no longer have to search through my notes to find these steps. I know what “PEDAL” stands for and it speeds up the process overall. Leading to an improved focus level and a decreased amount of time wasted. I hope these Mnemonics can help all of you like they have helped me! Stay strong and Go Bucks!

Module 3: Efficiency in the Digital Age

Module 3: Efficiency in the Digital Age is all about becoming successful online learners and students. It provides great resources and tips on how to stay on task, create a schedule, and manage time throughout your academic life. Now I am not saying I am a perfect student or even the best at time management, but there is an example of something I already put into practice in this module. This specific example is called the 10 minute rule and can be found in the youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA8D1cGW5Qk&feature=youtu.be. This video talks about 3 easy tips to beating and overcoming procrastination when it starts to haunt you. The tip that I have implemented in my life is the 10 minute rule, which means that I break large tasks into smaller tasks throughout the day. I find it easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable when I break a large task up and get it done at different periods of time. This allows my mind to stay clear of getting bogged down which in the long run lets creative/new ideas flow, resulting in a better assignment overall. I most recently used this technique on a big project I had for one of my engineering classes. I realized that it took a lot of thought and great detail and that I was not able to sit down and complete it with my best work all at once. I conquered the project by doing a little here, a little there throughout the week. Before I knew it, the project was complete and it turned out great. I was able to keep my head stress free and enjoy the process. So far, this technique is going great and I will continue to use it.

Module 2: Communicating and Collaborating on the Web.

Throughout Module 2: Communicating and Collaborating on the Web, we learn so many ways to communicate in and conquer online learning in order to be successful. We have learned study tips, goal settings, time management skills, and so many other useful tools. But one thing we did learn that I feel is most important can be found on the website http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/about-netiquette. This website talks about “etiquette” while working online through emails, texts, and or posts. It teaches us about the good and right behaviors in order to come across as respectful and kind when communicating to other students or professors. This website also relates to us because the material works for blog posts. Such as all material can be seen by others. This means that we do not want to spam or talk negatively towards a certain group or person because everyone, including the professor or creator, will be able to see what was posted. Also, it again state’s that we shall not post copy-righted material to our blogs or any posts. This will get us in big trouble in the long run and potentially suspended from OSU. Overall, this module helps us become better and more successful people online and through e-learning.