During week 5, module 5, Web-Enhanced Listening and Viewing Strategies, we learned a ton of useful note-taking skills, techniques, and methods. I learned that my current note-taking strategy was creating obstacles for my learning throughout my undergraduate college career. The most crucial mistake that I realized I was making during my note-taking periods and many others fall victim to this bad habit is transcribing the professor’s every word during the lecture. I learned that transcribing can take your focus off learning while unconsciously directing your focus on not falling behind, which can add stress and lead to not having a maintainable structure of your notes. Furthermore, we also learned tips such as active listening. Active listening includes maintaining focus, spotting critical details in the professor’s volume change and pitch, and noticing important statements. In addition, we learned that putting away all distractions helps your work ethic expeditiously. I also found out that note-taking methods such as the Cornell method and the Outline method are something I would recommend to my peers and all incoming freshman because I feel using those methods would have helped me out in significant ways. Listening and Viewing Strategies are important because taking notes is a learning strategy that will be used in the workforce outside of school.
During module four, week four, we learned about web-enhanced reading strategies. Web-enhanced reading strategies are an important topic because you never realize how reading and retaining information are the basic building blocks of college success. With that being said, forming and using strategies can be crucial to accomplishing your dreams and goals. In module four, One of the strategies we discussed was SQ3R, an acronym for Skim, Question, 1R- Read, 2R- Recite, 3R- Review. Using the SQ3R strategy will guarantee three things. A better understanding of the material at hand. A high chance of retaining information for a more extended time and improving test scores and confidence. The SQ3R strategy is a blessing in disguise for all college and pre-professional students. However, it does require some work, such as staying focused, not procrastinating, and being self-motivated. Some valuable tips for the SQ3R strategy if you are not a strong reader could be breaking down your reading portions by paragraphs or using a five to two reading to break ratio, just reading for five-minute increments and taking a two-minute break after each five minute session until finished. Furthermore, during your two-minute break, allow yourself to breathe and relax. Also, do not forget to reward yourself during your two-minute break. Simple rewards such as checking your phone and standing up to stretch your legs will be beneficial to finishing out your assignment. To all the readers, you got this, and good luck!
My biggest take away from week 3 is how I manage my time management. While going through week three material, I found strategies to help plan out my work schedule so that I can stay ahead of the game with my homework not falling behind. This will create a healthier and happier environment for myself, ending nonproactive characteristics such as procrastination. Bettering my time management will lead to better successes in life and also in school. Week 3 models gave incite on tools such as weekly planners, daily tasks, and scheduling out daily activities to know precisely what is potentially wasting time. It is very important to avoid procrastination because all time is valuable. Not staying ahead of work can lead to a slippery slope and force you to cram material and not turn in your best work. Time management is essential to success not just in school but in everyday life. Being on time and punctual can determine how employers and professors see you. While procrastination is a bad look, module 3, week 3 reminds you that this minor character flaws can be fixed, so do not allow a lousy week of procrastination to derail your incredible body of work. Stay determined and focused. Anything is possible.
Communication strategies are important to the online learning structures for students to be able to succeed in the course. It is very essential to have proper communication techniques when communicating with professors. Emailing the professor in any course should have and maintain a very formal structure that does not include any slang or profane language. Using your professional tone and curtesy towards a professor will influence and determine how they view you. This will help to determine when the professors will reach back out to you. It is key to the success of a student to keep a dialogue with the professor if they are struggling in the class. The first step towards a professional email would be adding a subject which your purpose for emailing the professor. The second set would be to address the professor and mention which class and time you are scheduled for the class. You want it to be as easy as possible for the professor to find you in their student list to promote speedy responses. The third step in the email would be to include an introduction and conclusion to the email. Keeping the email precise and to the point is important. The final step would be to carefully review the email to check for any errors before sending.
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