In The Classroom
This gives you complete control of, and fast
access to, a crucial part of the learning process - Your Course Notes -
their organization, additions, replacements and rewrites thereof!
Clear, Concise notes are more effective than copious
Instead of using a spiral, use loose leaf notebook
divided into class sections.
Make all notes on loose leaf paper. In an upper
corner title and date each sheet as you use it.
Rewrite and combine your old study and lecture
notes into a new single set of notes or outline. Use them as a replacement
for your old notes in the loose-leaf binder.
Your listening skills, note taking and ability
to manage your sessions, will be the prime determinant of your success
Sit near the front of the class to avoid distractions.
Be a good listener - Focus and concentrate on
the main points of the lecture. Get them down on paper. You'll put them
in your own words later, along with your study notes. Pay attention to
the Instructor's clues as to what they consider important.
If there is something you don't understand, ASK!
For fast classroom access to key information on
major topics, use a Quick Study chart, if available.
Immediately after a lecture, without looking at
your notes, try to recall on a separate paper as much as you can about
what you have heard and learned. Then review your actual lecture notes
to confirm and/or supplement your memory.
During your next study session, quickly recall
again on paper what you learned. Then review and reorganize your lecture
notes in your own words.
Repeat the recall process several times over several
days to commit the new information to memory!
Dealing With Professors and Tough
Go to see your professors during their posted
office hours. They have to sit there whether you show up or not, so take
advantage of the opportunity.
Talk to other students to find out the real scoop,
which professors to avoid, etc.
Don't be afraid to ask other students and professors
for copies of old exams. The questions may change but the style usually
remains the same.
Make sure your professor knows your name. Putting
a face with a name will be a big help, especially if your grade is on the
Problems with faculty should be handled honestly
and calmly. Always try to remedy conflicts with faculty members first.
If the problem remains unresolved, seek advice from your academic advisor,
a student support services staff member, or your student handbook as to
the next step.
What Irritates Professors and Instructors?
Dean of the College
Chancellor or Vice President of Academic Affairs
Student Government Attorney
Sleeping in Class
Not going to class
Lack of responsibility
Not reading syllabus
Not meeting deadlines