Angela Zanardelli Learning Specialist Academic Success Center
Group Brainstorm Before we can understand what students need, we should look back at our own experiences: Recall your time spent as a first-year student; what did you need to succeed?
What Students Need to Succeed Study Skills: Many students lack the necessary study tools/techniques necessary to properly comprehend and retain course information The good news is that by understanding common study difficulties experienced by students, you can address the needs of your students and provide them with strategies for success
Wasting Time Students (including you) waste more time than they’ll ever realize -Time spent studying ineffectively -Allowing interruption -Cramming information in one session -Wasting precious lecture time The following is a three-step method to help students make the most of the little time they have:
Step One: Pre-Lecture Prep Take minutes to skim chapter Read TITLE introduction concept overview or summary subheading examine illustrations seek main points of chapter
Step Two: Being Active During Lecture Pre-lecture prep helps students to stay aware and active during lecture Student is able to relate what they’ve seen to what instructor is reviewing Students have a much greater chance of mastering the material if they are active during lecture Students will greatly reduce their study time if they focus and take effective notes
Post-Lecture Review By reviewing notes within 24 hours of the lecture, more information is retained and the likeliness of further study is increased Students often wait too long to study and material is forgotten before next class Short and frequent reviews are often less threatening and more effective than long study sessions.
Avoiding Interruption Phone interruptions Be a good example to students. Have your cell phone off or on silent and put away during session Tell students the following: SILENCE OR TURN OFF YOUR PHONE!!! Do not keep it within view when it is silenced When you’ve completed your task, you can check messages and return calls
Avoiding Interruption Where the student studies is a major factor in his or her concentration levels. Share these tips with your students: Avoid studying in places where you know you’ll be distracted People watching Roommate issues Library situations
Avoiding Interruption More tips to helps students to avoid interruption: Be honest with yourself, do not welcome interruption Choose activities that will not be on your mind after study breaks Do not talk to someone who may upset you before or during your study time Do not allow facebook. twitter, , etc to distract you while studying. Set aside special time for internet.
Self-Management Choices which students make greatly increase their levels of success: Sleep needs Nutrition Mental health needs Stress-management
Self-Management Share with students necessary resources for their individual needs: Campus gym Healthy food options on/around campus Campus counseling center Student support groups Academic support programs
What Do Students Need From You? Your example: Hard to believe but students crave structure and role models Be consistent with your students Show your ability to have fun while maintaining appropriate dialog/behaviors Model your priorities to your students and show your value in your studies Be cautious when discussing your personal life
What Do Students Need From You? Your attention: Show students they are your priority during your time with them Keep your cell phone on silent and put away while with students Leave personal concerns/issues at the door when working with students Always be on time. This shows them that they are worth your respect and time and is crucial when developing a trusting relationship
What Do Students Need From You? Your support Please give all students your support equally Avoid concentrating mainly on those with whom you “click” or like the best Keep in mind that students receive support differently so never give up on or ignore students who seem unreceptive.
Debrief After being given this information, what is one change you realize you may need to make in yourself to become an effective peer mentor?