Study Tips Sheet for C141 (Small Group Discussion)
Students who enroll in this course are often surprised that the textbook
contains theoretical concepts and terminology that are not "common
sense." Even though weekly readings quizzes are included in the course to
keep students current with the assigned readings, lectures explain and
elaborate on the concepts, and review sheets for the midterm were
provided, students still seemed ill prepared for the exam. The purpose of
creating the Study Tips Sheet was to provide students with a detailed
"guide" which, if applied, would likely result in improved test scores. Of
course, the key here is if applied. This point was emphasized to them.
Description of Activity
The Study Tips Sheet is a detailed and step-by-step approach a student can
take in going over weekly assigned readings and preparing for an exam. It
details procedures for outlining chapters on the initial reading,
categorizing terms, and suggests methods for utilizing these notes in
preparation for examinations.
Ideally, the Study Tips Sheet should be distributed to students at the
beginning of the semester. In the communication department, most
courses require students to purchase a Workbook (at a nominal price)
which consists of activities, grading sheets, project instructions, and the
like. Also included are Standards for Student Conduct sheets which are
gone over with students the first day of class. Perhaps something like the
Study Tips Sheet could be included in a Workbook, or given as a handout
to students the first week of the semester while other procedural matters
are being discussed.
The problem I have noticed with this, however, is that in spite of students
possessing a written copy of instructions, guidelines, expectations, etc.,
and these having been related to them orally by the instructor as well,
some students still act as though it is "news to them" when they encounter
I would suggest building into the syllabus, at about the fourth or fifth
week, a quick review of things such as student standards for the class and
items like the Study Tips Sheet. Remind students that their academic
success is up to them, and that a systematic approach will certainly serve
them better than "cram sessions."
Related Student Services
Probably the study skills course.
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