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Chapter 1 - Get ReadyChapter 2 - Get SuccessfulChapter 3 - Get MoneyChapter 4 - Get GoalsChapter 5 - Get ClassesChapter 6 - Get Good GradesChapter 7 - Get ConnectedFrequently Asked QuestionsOrientation Quiz

Chapter 6 - Get Good Grades

    Get the Syllabus
  1. The importance of the course syllabus

    • Class attendance & grading policies.
    • The instructor’s contact information.
    • Required text.
    • List of assignments, tests and/or projects.
    • Assignment due dates.
    • Test dates.
    • Keep your syllabus handy.
    • Refer to it often.
    • REMEMBER it is your responsibility to know what is in the class syllabus.
  2. Success Skills

      Get to Class
    • Visit your classes – locate rooms ahead of time.
    • Get to know your classmates.
    • Talk with your instructor.
    • Read and follow the class syllabus.
    • Attend every class.
    • Study regularly.
    • Manage your time.
    • Use supplemental material.
    • Ask for help – tutoring, counseling, etc.
  3. Study Skills

    Study Tips

    When to Study Where to Study
    • Spend two hours studying for every hour you are in class.
    • Study difficult or tedious subjects first when you are fresh
    • Study during the time of day when you are most alert.
    • Use a regular study area.
    • Don’t get too comfortable-avoid beds and other sleep inducing places.
    • Use the library- it is quiet, and help is available.
    Controlling Distractions Study with other people
    • Take breaks when your attention starts to wander.
    • Avoid noise – TV, radio, other people.
    • Stay off the telephone.
    • Learn to say “No” – don’t rearrange your study schedule unless it’s really important.
    • Work out an agreement with your family and friends to let you study without distractions.
    • Form a study group with classmates
    • Set an agenda for each session.
    • Brainstorm for 5 to 10 minutes at the beginning of each session.
    • Compare notes.
    • Test each other by asking questions.

    Note taking

    Before class begins: During lecture, watch for clues
    • Complete outside assignments.
    • Bring the right materials.
    • Sit in front row.
    • Repetition of information.
    • Pay attention.
    • Review notes from previous class.
    • Clarify your notes by asking questions.
    • Listen to introduction, conclusion & transition words
    • The following three factors..., The most important point is…, In addition to…
    • Pay attention to obvious clues (On your exam will be…).

    Organizing Your Notes

    • Use a three-ring binder to keep syllabus, notes and handouts.
    • Label, number & date your lecture note pages.
    • Organize notes by dates or topics.
    • Re-copy notes to clarify information. This helps to learn the material.
    • Visit your instructor during his or her office hours for clarification.

    Taking Tests

    • Prepare for tests well in advance.
    • Study regularly.
    • Get a good night’s sleep.
    • Make up practice tests and take them.
    • Check you have answered all questions.
    • See a counselor to help you reduce and manage test anxiety.
    • Be on time for the test.
    • Listen and read all instructions carefully.
    • Jot down memory aids in margins.
    • Be brief and be sure you are answering what is asked.
    • Review your answers if there is time.
NOTE - To learn more study skills strategies, consider taking one or more of the following short-term courses
  • ACDV B70A(Time Management)
  • ACDV B70B (Note taking)
  • ACDV B70C (Textbook Reading)
  • ACDV B70D (Test Taking)
  • ACDV B70E (Memory)
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