Blog Post 6

As the semester is coming to an end, it is time to reflect on my experience with this course. After 7 weeks of different topics that we covered in class, there are several that I found to be insightful and important. One topic I want to focus and reflect on is technology itself! Since the world is constantly evolving and changing around us, one thing that will also continue to change is technology. From databases that have thousands of articles and books to web-based learning and supplemental tools, I have learned that technology gives us several tools that can help us to succeed in our college career and our future career! There are even online websites that can help you set your goals and manage your time better.

One thing that I have learned about myself is that learning to manage my time better will help me to succeed with goals that are both big and small. After looking at the time tracking and time management, I realized that I wasn’t utilizing my time as well as I should. This is an important tool that will greatly help me now and in the future. I also realized that my assumption that is don’t procrastinate was wrong. After taking the time management self assessment, it was clear to me that there is room for improvement. Having taken this course in the summer has not only prepared me for the upcoming year, but I have learned how to better set my goals! It is so important to know yourself and stay motivated so that you can succeed and accomplish your goals.

The most meaningful experience in this course was being able to learn more about myself. Often times, courses don’t allow or even ask for you to reflect on the material. Although get a good education is so important, it is equally important to know yourself. Learning what your strengths and weaknesses are will help you to set expectation and goals. Everything that was covered in this course in some way was connected to the individual. An example is writing blog posts that encourage you to share what you learned from the material and give you the opportunity to share important points with your peers.

As a part of my reflection, some things that I plan on applying in the future is learning to set better goals, ways to stay motivated, and better time management. The first step into successfully accomplishing a goal is to set one and the steps you planning on taking to accomplish that goal. Although it requires effort, I have learned from this course that it is completely worth it! I also plan on using some motivational tools to help me stay motivated throughout the school year. I realized that setting myself up for success is easier than I thought. Little things like starting the project when you get it or setting 30 minutes aside everyday before the due date can relieve stress and a lack of motivation. Looking back at some of the goals and projects I set forth for myself, I was making it hard for me to accomplish them because I was not using my time wisely,waiting until last minute and allowing myself to get distracted. Overall this course has taught me so much and I regret not taking this class at the start of my college career because it was motivating, informative, and uplifting!


Blog Post 4

Welcome back to my blog! This week I want to discuss important things to keep in mind when searching and researching something of interest or for academic reasons. More specifically, the source credibility of a resource you are considering on using. Firstly, you want your resource to be reliable. What I mean by this is that you want the information you have found to be accurate and informative. Some question you can ask yourself to help determine the source reliability is :  Is their contact info available? What are the credentials of the author? What is the reputation of the publisher ? Also what is the type of document and who is the publisher?  A couple type of reliable domains include  .gov, .edu and .org to name a few. Be careful when using .org because some websites like wikipedia, wikibooks, wikiversity give broad generalization and aren’t reliable when conducting research. There are many deceiving results that come up in your search engine and it is important to identify them and not include them in your research. Secondly, you want quality. Some characteristics that can help you identify good quality information is : is the information biased? Are there external sources that were used and cited in citations ? Was it well written ? The third thing to keep in mind is utility. In other words, how is the research related to your topic and do you have an appropriate audience? Part of conducting good research includes narrowing your search and giving external information that is relevant and on topic. This will give you better credentials and make your research more accurate. Remember that is is possible to give too much information that doesn’t directly correlate to your research and always remember the saying quality over quantity!

I hope you found this information to be as helpful as I did! For more information on college related topics, tune in next week!

Addition to the 3rd Blog

After viewing the video, I hope you found the video to be as insightful as I did! I have always been curious about science and more specifically space. With web enhanced learning and viewing strategies, it is important to outline your notes similar to the Cornell, Mind map or keywords style. It is not enough to just listen and think that you will retain all that information. Using bullet points and references that the lecturer or powerpoint tells you can be helpful to reference when preparing for an exam! Remember to put the date, what you’re going over and the questions that the professor is going to answer in your lecture. Make sure to also put what you need to review and what you will be going over in the next lecture. This is great when preparing for upcoming information you will learn because when you are sitting in lecture, you will have already briefly gone over the topic so then you can focus on more important information than the basics and even ask questions if you need clarification!

Blog Post 3

This is an educational video on the Stars and Solar System.

Notes :

Celestial bodies – objects in the sky like the sun, moon and stars.

the celestial bodies are a part of the galaxy. The universe that we inhibit has countless galaxies

a galaxy – sprawling space systems composed of dust, gas and countless stars.

a star – huge ball of glowing gas. they are formed from the clouds of gas and dust in space known as nebula and the have their own heat and light.

the sun – it is the center of our solar system. It is a spinning ball of very hot gas that is fueled by nuclear fusion reaction. It is estimated that it has een buring for more than 4.5 bullion years

solar system – 4 planets that have few or no moon, known as lesser planets. 4 outer planets that have rings and many moons.

Asteroid belt – inner plants and outer plants seperated by asteroid belt.

Facts :

the Earth is the more dense planet

Venus is the brightest planet and can be seen with the naked eye

Jupiter is the largest and mercury is the smallest

Earth takes 365 days and 6 hours to complete its revolution.

all planets rotate east to west

Meteors – caused by the entry of smalle pieces of rock or dust from space into atmospehere at extremely high speeds.

Comets – as comets heat up, gas and dust are expelled and leave trail behind.



The video goes over basic definitions and things tot know about the star and our solar system. It has bullet points to help seperate inmportant things to know. The video goes over basic definitions and things tot know about the star and our solar system. It has bullet points to help separate important things to know. It starts out with the basic definitions and gives you pictures to visual show what they are talking about. The lecturer does not just read off the points, but also adds other information verbally which is important to write down.


Blog Post 2

Welcome Back! My second blog is going to be about focusing on YOU! It is so so important to know your yourself. Specifically, to know your strengths, weaknesses, goals, and studying habits. When preparing for college, one of your main goals should be to diversify your learning preferences, skills, and strategies ( pg. 4.). Even though you are going to school to major in something that you are passionate about, it is so important to get the most of out every class you take. The in class lectures, readings, projects, and podcast lectures can teach you valuable lessons that you will most likely use in the future. Take time out of your day to review and reflect each lesson or new material you learn that day. It will help not only retain information, but you will be more prepared when studying for exams. If you find yourself confused on material, it is so important to ask the professor before they build on the material and you spiral into more confusion! Writing down your notes from lectures and readings will help you stay organized with the material you learn. It is proven that writing things down helps your mind retain that information! Also, it will help you keep tract of potential syllabus changes or information about an upcoming exam!

First Blog Post

Over your college career, you will most likely take hybrid classes which are a mix of in class learning and online learning. Part of the online learning will be composed of discussion boards where your professor will post a question and you will respond as well as comment on your peers posts’. It is so important to be concise with your answer and give constructive criticism when responding to your classmates. Some good pointers from the reading include : reviewing earlier postings, review ant rules and etiquette guide, take your time, and write postings in a clear and expressive manner (Watkins and Corry). As a current student at OSU, I can’t stress enough how important it is to develop good habits for online discussions. One last piece of advice I have for you is to be organized! “Creating a folder for each of your courses” will help you keep track of past assignments and future assignments (Watkins and Corry). If you plan on being a full time student, you can expect to take 4 classes per semester. It can be hard to keep track of your classes if you don’t have some type of organization and don’t write due dates in a calendar. In most cases, professors will not expect late work, so missing an assignment can drastically lower your grade.