One of the tips for developing effective study skills is to "Have
everything needed for study handy beforehand. Don't waste valuable
time looking for books, notes, or other information. After you have
assembled the items you need, put them where you can reach them
easily." In other words, get organized. Here's how to organize the
information for this course in a handy notebook that you can take
with you or keep at home -- everything in one place.
You are going to generate
a huge amount of material through this course. It can get
overwhelming unless you spend a little time organizing it from the
to make 5 or 6 sections in your notebook
preferably one that punches 3 holes on a page at once
Here's how to set it up:
Using five tabbed dividers, make tabs
for these five sections:
Points about Learning
||Print "How We All Learn"
(see below) and
keep it in the front of your notebook to remind you of
how learning happens.
||Syllabus & Course Schedule
||Sometimes I adjust
the class schedule according to class needs, but I will
let you know when I've made such a change.
Research projects and other
||These are those
readings that you access through a link on the homepage.
They are the equivalent of my "lectures."
And sometimes, you might want to save a reading that I
gave you from the Internet.
divider, place the numbered list of assignments for each week of
||This is for
information about resources, like Embanet (number is
available on the syllabus) and once you've had a problem
and figured it out, your notes on how to deal with that
problem next time.
to use it:
- Major Points about Learning:
Print up this webpage that
explains the Natural
Human Learning Process and
read it every time you open your notebook to remind yourself how
learning happens. Put this before all sections so it's the
first thing you see when you open your notebook.
- Syllabus/Schedule section:
At the beginning of the term, print and punch holes in hard
copies of your syllabus and the semester schedule (available
under the Start Here button).
- Learning Modules section:
Print and punch holes in a hard copy of the
Weekly Map each week, and place it in this section in order. Please be aware that I will not have
all the Learning Modules available at the beginning of the term. In
fact, most of the time, you will only be able to access the
Learning Module for a certain week on Monday the beginning of that
the link for a certain week doesn't work, I have probably deactivated
it so that you won't be confused by last term's assignments!
(NOTE: if the link for this week doesn't work, please let
me know so I can fix it!)
- Projects section:
Print and punch holes in a hard copy of
the instructions for each individual project and assignment and place it in this section.
- Learning Handouts
needed, print and punch holes in hard copies of readings,
learning materials and "handouts" that you want to read and keep
as a reference.
- Technical Information
As needed, print and punch holes in hard
copies of technical information and Blackboard how-to instructions
that you want to keep for a reference.