Presentation on theme: "Making the Most Out of How You Are Taught"— Presentation transcript:
1 Making the Most Out of How You Are Taught Chapter 4Making the Most Out of How You Are Taught
2 Chapter Overview Early course preparation Preparing for lectures During your lecturesMaking effective use of your professorsUtilizing tutors and other academic resources
3 Early Course Preparation Start of a course can be likened to the start of a raceUsing the course syllabusAcquiring textbooks and other materials
4 Preparing for Lectures Review notes, read text, attempt problems, formulate questionsLittle like “warming up” for a physical workoutMakes lectures a reinforcement rather than an initial exposureSmall effort can have a big payoff
5 During Your LecturesSit near the front“Be here now” (concentrate)Practice good listening skillsTake good notesAsk questions in class
6 Characteristics of a Good Listener Works at finding value in all topics. Listens to discover new knowledge.Judges value of the content rather than the delivery.Listens for central themes. Uses them as anchor points for the entire lecture.Works hard at listening; remains alert.Focuses on understanding completely rather than coming up with opposing views.
7 Characteristics of a Good Listener (continued) Fights distractions; ignores bad habits of other students; knows how to concentrate.Welcomes difficult material as exercise for the mind.Does not get hung up on emotionally charged words or ideas; listens with an open mind.Uses extra time to think more deeply about what the lecturer is saying; summarizes what has been covered.
8 Note-Taking Good notes give you a record of what’s important Spiral notebook vs. three-ring binderCornell Note-Taking System
9 Asking Questions in Class Memory level questionsConvergent thinking questionsDivergent thinking questionsEvaluation thinking questions
10 Making Effective Use of Your Professors Important roles your professors can playCharacteristics of your professors you can count onBehaviors to avoidWinning behaviors
11 Important Roles for Your Professors One-on-one instructionAcademic advising, career guidance, personal adviceMonitor your progress; hold you accountableGive you the benefit of the doubt on borderline gradesHelp you find a summer jobHire you on their research grantServe as a referenceNominate you for scholarships or academic awards
12 Characteristics of Your Professors Believe their areas of technical specialty are important and interestingChose an academic career over professional practice; believe they are outstanding teachersAre very knowledgeable, and love to convey what they know to others
13 Behaviors to Avoid/ Winning Behaviors Brainstorming ExerciseWhat are behaviors that conflict with these three characteristics of professors?What are behaviors that support these three characteristics of professors?
14 Understanding What Your Professors Do TeachingResearchService
15 Utilizing Campus Academic Resources Academic resource center (tutoring, writing skills, study skills)Library (books, periodicals, on-line materials, reference librarians)Student computer labs (hardware, applications software, Internet access, resource materials, training)Academic advising (monitor progress; course selection)University catalog (Rules and regulations, college and department information, curricular requirements, course descriptions)Registrar’s office (transcripts, registration information)
16 Group Discussion Topic Making Effective Use of Your Professors In your group, develop a list of questions you could ask one of your professors about himself/herself when visiting during office hours. Be creative!Appoint a leader to keep the discussion on topicand a recorder to write down and report what was learned.