PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE RIGORS OF COLLEGE
Here are some resources we can use to be proactive in our approach to helping students become successful in our classes. The key to helping students is to purposefully integrate or build these resources into your course instruction. For more help on how to do this, feel free to contact the Center for Teaching and Learning.
1. Teach Study Skills and Metacognitive Skills
2. Note-Taking: Handwritten Notes & Cuing
3. Reading Academic Texts: Highlighting, Notes in Margins, RGO, CPA, and Precis Writing Form
This study skills model has been around since 1946, and is a tried and true method for talking to students about study methods that produce results.
Saundra McGuire's Study Cycle
A number of years ago, Saundra McGuire spoke to PLNU faculty, and shared the Study Cycle she had developed. Her book, Teach Students How to Learn, is an excellent resource to add to your teaching library. She also has another book called Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level. "In a conversational tone, and liberally illustrated by anecdotes of past students, the author combines introducing readers to concepts like Bloom’s Taxonomy (to illuminate the difference between studying and learning), fixed and growth mindsets, as well as to what brain science has to tell us about rest, nutrition and exercise, together with such highly specific learning strategies as how to read a textbook, manage their time and take tests."
Developed in the 1950s by Benjamin Bloom, this is a great tool to progressively build your course activities and assignments in ways that enhance student learning. It is also an effective way to share with your students how their own learning builds.
Stephen Chew's Videos on How to study
Stephen Chew is a nationally recognized teacher at Samford University. He has developed a series of videos to help students understand the ways in which they learn and how to prepare for college.
ABCD Voting Card (For use with in-class student responses to Multiple Choice Questions)
Reading Academic Texts: Highlighting / Marking in the Margins
Reading Graphic Organizer: Example from History
Paper Writing Checklist for Self or Peer Response (Developed by LJWL)