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					The Best of What’s To Come

 Making a Successful Transition to
         Your First Year
           Of College
    Moving From High School to
     College: What changes?
•   Your Goals
•   Your Surroundings
•   Your “Safety Net”
•   Your Relationship to Learning
      Top Five Tips For Success
•   Attendance/Attending Behavior
•   Get Involved
•   Aim for Balance
•   Get Help
•   Talk to Professors
So, what’s the secret to success?
• Active Learning
• Efficient Studying
• Beat Procrastination with Time
  Management
          Studying for Exams
•   The Four Levels of Learning
•   Training Your Brain
•   Making Material Meaningful
•   Pain-free Studying
    Listening and Note taking
• Before
  – DO THE READING (or at least skim it!)
  – WRITE DOWN QUESTIONS
    Listening and Note Taking
                            • During
• During
                              – Organize Material
  – Sit as close to the          • Main ideas
    professor as possible              – Supporting details
  – Practice “Attending                    » Examples
    Behavior”                                anecdotes
                                             diagrams
  – Listen for answers to        • Leave lots of space
    the questions you
                              – Troubleshooting
    created
                                 • Drifting off
  – Don’t be a tape              • Cues from Prof
    recorder
     Listening and Note Taking
• After                         • After
  – Within 24 hours:              – Every Three weeks
     • Review                        • Study Group
     • Fill in missing info          • Integrate with reading
     • Apply to reading/class        • Questions
           READING SKILLS

• Before
  – Textbook
  – Primary source text
• During
• After
             Beat Procrastination
• Develop a Time Management System
  – Backwards Planning
     • How to do it
         – Use a monthly calendar and record deadlines
         – Create a study planner and list the steps needed to complete
           assignment
         – Plot steps on calendar--backwards!
     • Tips to make your system work
         –   Break down tasks into small steps
         –   Plan in advance
         –   Anticipate setbacks or overloads
         –   BE REALISTIC
                     Study Plan
• 102 essay                    • Spanish Quiz
  –   1. Pick topic              –   1.
  –   2. Gather Material         –   2.
  –   3. Write thesis            –   3.
  –   4. Outline/Write intro
                                 –   4.
  –   5. Write body
  –   6. Write Conclusion
  –   7. Type
  –   8. Revise
  –   9. Proofread
                  Monthly Calendar
Sun        Mon         Tues        Wed         Thurs       Fri       Sat


8/15       8/16        8/17        8/18        8/19        8/19      8/20
                                                                     Gather
                                               pick      WORK        material
                                               topic for PARTY       for 102
                                               102 essay AT ZN       essay

8/21       8/22        8/23        8/24        8/25        8/26      8/27
           Study for                                       write     Jack
Gather     Spn qz      outline     write 1/2   write 1/2   concl     Johnson!
material               and write   the body    the body    for 102
for 102    Write       intro to    of 102      of 102      essay
essay      102thesis   102 essay   essay       essay
                                                           Work
           Work        SPAN
                       QZ
8/28       8/29        8/30        8/31        9/1         9/2       9/3

                     proofread
type 102   revise    102           Lang 102
essay      102 essay essay         ESSAY
                     PROB          DUE
                     SET
                     DUE
9/4        9/5       9/6           9/7         9/8         9/9       9/10
         Some Parting Advice
•   Attitude Counts
•   Engagement Counts
•   Ask Questions
•   Find Role Models
•   Taking Risks Pay Off
          Questions??????
• Kirsten VanFossen, Harvard University
  2012
• Lyndsay Lauer, The College of New Jersey
  2012
• Sheryl Sawin, Ph.D.

				
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