The Online Learning Skills (Module 4)

There are so many college students take online classes, and they have to do all of the studies online, such as reading the textbook or materials and watching the lecture videos. Therefore, it is necessary to develop online learning skills, which will help us study more efficiently for online classes.
The module four introduced some useful online reading skills that I have been using. I think the two most useful reading skills are that highlight the important information and summarize the key idea of the reading content. (Module 4, slide 6) Those two skills help me a lot for online reading. I usually used the iPad to read the e-book and highlight the important information by the blue highlighter. After I read all of the content, I always go back to read the blue parts again. Moreover, I usually summarize a key idea for the main concept and write it next to the title. It will help organize those new pieces of knowledge so that I can understand and remember them quickly.
I will try a new strategy that draws a symbol on the confusing information. It always took me too much time struggling with confusing information. I will draw a symbol on the confusing information and check it after I read all of the content. I think it will save more my time and help me understand the content better.

work cited: module 4

Tips for Time Management (module 3)

There are 24 hours per days, but I always feel the time is not enough for me. I think I do not have enough sleep time and my sleep quality is really poor so that I feel really tired and lack of energy when I study or work. When I do my homework, I still feel that I do not have enough time to finish them so that the work’s quality is worse than my expectations. I have to make up my remained assignments every day, but those assignments are supposed to be finished in previous days or weeks. Therefore, I never finish my scheduled assignments per day on time. This is a vicious circle. I get overwhelmed and stressful very often.

The most useful content I learned from module 3 is that “Get more out of your 24.”(module 3, slide 11) There are so many people who take much more classes than me, and sleep less time than me. But they do not feel tired and overwhelmed. Because they make their every day, which are 24 hours organized and valuable. I started tracking my time one week ago that I made a spreadsheet about all of my activities so that I can analyze my time spending. I noticed that I wasted lots of time on checking the social media. Once I started to check it, it’s hard to stop. So, I changed my habit, I stopped check my phone during the study time, even on the rest time. It helps me same lots of time and work more efficiently. I also learned a new strategy that break down the large tasks into small sections to avoid the procrastination. I will try to use this strategy to improve my ability on time management in the future.

cited work: Module 3 slide

Tips for Academic Email (Module Two)

The most useful thing learn in module 2 is how to send a formal and appropriate academic email. We use email every day to communicate with our professors, TAs, and classmates. There are so many students in one class so that our professors and TAs might not be able to recognize our faces and match our faces to our names. Therefore, It’s really important to write an appropriate email to create a good impression to others.

The tips I have been using are that write the specific course number and greet your professors or TAs respectfully, write the content brief and easy to understand and close the email with your full name. Moreover, I try to avoid spelling errors, and sarcasm and slang. (module 2, slide 5) After I used those tips, my email became easy to understand, and few people reply to me with the question about my content itself. It helps me communities more efficiently through email and helps me create a good impression to others.

I strongly suggest students read the class syllabus carefully before you ask your professor questions, especially questions such as the late assignments, extra credits, and etc. since you can find your answer form the syllabus easily. And when you send an email to your professor, please indicate that you already read the syllabus. (module 2, slide 8)

work cited: module 2 class slide