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Mt. San Antonio College

 

 

October 31, 2014

 

 

Effective Term:   201310 - Summer 2013

Course ID:

STDY   85A

Title:

Basic Overview of Strategies for Academic Success

 

Division:

Library and Learning Resources Division

Department:

Learning Assistance Department

Discipline:

Study Techniques

Short Title:

Academic Success Basics

 

Course Status:

Approved

Maximum Class Size:

  35

 

 

Method of Instruction:

 

 Lecture

 Work Experience, Occupational

 Laboratory

 Work Experience, General

 Lecture and Laboratory

 Open Entry/Exit

 Independent Studies

 Apprentice

 Distance Learning (Distance Education Delayed) for online courses

 Distance (Hybrid Online) for online supported courses

 

** MAXIMUM CONTACT HOURS **

** CREDIT UNITS **

 

  Lecture Hours:

  18.00

  1.00   

 

  Lab Hours:

  

 

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  Total Hours:

  18

 

 

Taxonomy of Programs (TOPS) Information:

TOPS Code and Course Program Title:

493014 - Study Skills

 

SAM Priority Code: 

A.

Apprenticeship

Courses offered to apprentices only.

B.

Advanced Occupational

Courses taken in the advanced stages of an occupational program. Each “B” level course must have a “C” level prerequisite in the same program area.

C.

Clearly Occupational

Courses taken in the middle stages of an occupational program. Should provide the student with entry-level job skills.

D.

Possibly Occupational

Courses taken in the beginning stages of an occupational program.

E.

Non-Occupational

 

Discipline Placement:

Education
Learning Assistance Instructors

State Transfer Code:

C0 Not Transferable, No Degree

Grading Method:

Letter Grade Only

Frequency Offered:

 Fall

 Winter

 Spring

 Summer

 On Demand

Earn Credit:

Non-repeatable Credit - equates to 0 repeats

 

Transfer Status

Baccalaureate Status is granted by the Educational Design General Education and Baccalaureate Level Subcommittee.

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 UC Transferable             UC Approval Date:                      (mm/dd/yyyy)                 

 

Course Requisites

Prerequisite:


Co requisite:


Advisory:

Eligibility for ENG 67 and Eligibility for READ 80

 

Course Special Designators


Course Description:

Brain-based perspective emphasizing study techniques that include self-awareness, self-motivation, note-taking, test-taking, studying and learning strategies and learning preferences.

Course Outline:

Memory-retention and retrieval
- Short-term sensory store, working memory and long-term memory
- Memory strategies: mnemonics, acrostics
- Associations: making connections
- Memory-processing

Physiology of learning
- Needs of the brain for studying and learning
- Brain geography
- The importance of a safe environment
- The value of collaboration
- Self-awareness
- Self-management
- Social awareness
- Relationship management
- Motivation

Learning preferences
- Visual-verbal, visual non-verbal, auditory, kinesthetic

Bloom’s Taxonomy
- The six levels of thinking
- How will your professors use Bloom’s Taxonomy

Goal-setting
- Strategies

Note-taking
- Methods

Test-taking
- Strategies

Final exam

Lab Outline:


Course Measurable Objectives:

1. Identify appropriate strategies necessary for effective studying and learning.
2. List personal extrinsic and intrinsic motivators.
3. Identify the level of thinking necessary to complete an assignment using Bloom’s Taxonomy.
4. Identify specific learning preferences appropriate for student success.
5. Apply appropriate study strategies in other courses.
6. Appraise the use of emotional intelligence in stressful situations.
7. Evaluate goals based upon a specified timeline.

Course Methods of Evaluation:

Category 1. Substantial written assignments for this course include:

- One-page written reflection identifying at least five appropriate strategies necessary for effective studying and learning
- One-page written reflection outlining the effective steps for preparing for a test, taking a test and reviewing a test
- One-page written reflection detailing an example of the effective application of self-awareness, self-management and social awareness

If the course is degree applicable, substantial written assignments in this course are inappropriate because:


Category 2. Computational or non-computational problem solving demonstrations:

- Graphic representation illustrating the differences between various note-taking strategies
- PowerPoint presentation on ways of learning and how to use that information for one’s own learning
- PowerPoint presentation on academic applications of Bloom's Taxonomy
- Checklist of criteria to determine appropriateness of various studying and learning strategies

Category 3. Skills Demonstrations:

Not Applicable

Category 4. Objective Examinations:

Not Applicable

Sample Assignments:

1. Create a one-page written reflection identifying at least five appropriate strategies necessary for effective studying and learning.
2. Create a one-page written reflection outlining the effective steps for preparing for a test, taking a test and reviewing a test.
3. Take notes during three separate lectures for another course and utilize a different note-taking strategy each time. Create a one-page comparison table which outlines the benefits and challenges of each note-taking strategy. Identify the note-taking strategy you believe is most effective for you and explain why.
4. Using the information we have discussed in class related to emotional intelligence, create a chart that: a) outlines all of the core elements of a successful self-management system, and b) describes what you believe to be both your own strengths and things to work on in terms of having a successful self-management system.
5. Create a five-minute PowerPoint presentation that explains memory-retention and retrieval strategies.

 

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