IT 10F5 "Survival Guide" continued from Home page
Developing effective study skills:
Were the study skills that I had in high school adequate?
Is my work schedule flexible or is it ‘set
in stone’ reliable hours (ie. 8am- 4:30pm Monday thru Friday)
How willing am I to do whatever it takes to earn
my degree online? Will I do whatever it takes to navigate my path to success? In 3 months? In 6-12 months? In 18 months?
Will I minimize every bump in the road and continue
on my educational journey?
Your family, if you have children, regardless of age, will not necessarily fall into the “Glad for you and happy
about your decision to continue your education!” They may not understand the necessity of your furthering your education.
Unless you are more financially comfortable than most “starving students”, they also may not really be thrilled
when you try to talk to them about sacrifices that you and they may have to make in the course of your education. One very
easy way to enlist their aid and support is to “show them the vision” of you with a better paying job, possibly
and nicer house, or a pool, and some nice perks for them like vacations, summer camps, or whatever fits their fancy. What
I mean by this is get your family to emotionally invest in your dream of a better life for you and them when you finish earning
your degree. You may be surprised by the many various ways and by the amount of support that your family will give you when
they can “see” where your college education is going to take you and them. They may give you a quiet hour or hour
and a half of time before or after dinner in which to study and complete assignments. They may cook dinner for you so that
while it is cooking, after a long day at work, you can do some studying or participation posting to your forums. If you have
older, teenage children, they may take an interest in proofreading or editorial review of your essays and assignments by your
spouse and teens as you engage in the editing and revising steps of the writing process, or any number of other ways in which
they may show that they are united with you in your cause. Smaller children may not be much swayed or impressed but you already
knew this right?
Effective study skills, as an adult, do not include:
Staring at your boyfriend or girlfriend over your
notebook of doodles.
Studying while laying in bed reading with your stereo
system turned up full blast.
Studying while focused on other things at the same
time like when watching tv or spending time with the family.
Studying in the morning, rather than reading the
paper read assigned reading materials or make posts to the class forums over coffee.
Read reference materials and text book materials
at lunch at work, or over dinner at home.
Taking a specified “study break” in which
everyone in your home knows they are not to disturb you. (This can be 30 minutes or 1 hour depending on household) This break
can be just after you arrive home, during dinner preparation, after dinner, while other family memebers are doing homework
Learning what type of learner you are through personality
testing, which will probably be among one of your fist class’ checkpoints. After finding your learning type, learn the
suggested tools for retention and study habits that accentuate your “type” of learning tools. Try multiple tools
of both your type and secondary sub-type, which are the highest and next highest scores on the tests. Then take the first
learning type and couple it with the dominant learning type from the second set of exercises. This will help guide you sets
of “tools” to help grasp and retain the vast amount of information that confronts you in such a relatively short
span of time. These tools may include putting main topics and points together in musical or rap arrangements to aid in retaining
info via phonetics and repetition. Possibly you will need the tools of reciting back information aloud thus activating the
auditory as well as the visual memory.
Learn the SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and
Review) method for learning to quickly gather information from textbooks and reference books and articles. This method will
help you retain anywhere from 20-80% more of the information that you read (according to my daughter Stephanie, who is a Sophomore
in High School and uses Jumpstart tutorials each summer previous to the fall classes
beginning, I am not quite sure whether she got this statistic from one of her text books, or a reading and retention tutorial
that she is using)
Learning to effectively manage your time: