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1 Pitfalls of Studying in the US ISD 200: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DEVELOPMENT WEEK 7 Mari Acob-Nash Ryan Packard Dana Brolley Arlette Fellores Support: John Belmont

2 Agenda  John’s notes  Time management/mismanagement  Substance abuse in colleges  Interpersonal violence  Assignment 6

3 Develop time management skills to help yourself become aware of how you use your time as one resource in organizing, prioritizing, and succeeding in your studies in the context of competing activities with friends and family, at work, etc. TIME MANAGEMENT

4  Exercise: How do you spend your time each day? Developing time management skills

5 Strategies on using time:  These applications of time management have proven to be effective as good study habits.  As we go through each of the following slides, jot down any strategies/study habits you think could benefit you.

6 Blocks of study time and breaks  As your school term begins and your course schedule is set, develop and plan for, blocks of study time in a typical week. Blocks ideally are around 50 minutes, but perhaps you become restless after only 30 minutes? Some difficult material may require more frequent breaks. Shorten your study blocks if necessary—but don’t forget to return to the task at hand! What you do during your break should give you an opportunity to have a snack, relax, or otherwise refresh or re-energize yourself. For example, place blocks of time when you are most productive: are you a morning person or a night owl?  Jot down one best time block you can study. How long is it? What makes for a good break for you? Can you control the activity and return to your studies?

7 Dedicated study spaces  Determine a place free from distraction (no cell phone or text messaging!) where you can maximize your concentration and be free of the distractions that friends or hobbies can bring! You should also have a back-up space that you can escape to, like the library, departmental study center, even a coffee shop where you can be anonymous. A change of venue may also bring extra resources.  What is the best study space you can think of? What is another?

8 Weekly reviews  Weekly reviews and updates are also an important strategy. Each week, like a Sunday night, review your assignments, your notes, your calendar. Be mindful that as deadlines and exams approach, your weekly routine must adapt to them!  What is the best time in a week you can review?

9 Prioritize your assignments  When studying, get in the habit of beginning with the most difficult subject or task. You’ll be fresh, and have more energy to take them on when you are at your best. For more difficult courses of study, try to be flexible: for example, build in “reaction time” when you can get feedback on assignments before they are due.  What subject has always caused you problems?

10 Achieve “stage one”--get something done!  The Chinese adage of the longest journey starting with a single step has a couple of meanings: First, you launch the project! Second, by starting, you may realize that there are some things you have not planned for in your process. Details of an assignment are not always evident until you begin the assignment. Another adage is that “perfection is the enemy of good”, especially when it prevents you from starting! Given that you build in review, roughly draft your idea and get going! You will have time to edit and develop later.  What is a first step you can identify for an assignment to get yourself started?

11 Postpone unnecessary activities until the work is done!  Postpone tasks or routines that can be put off until your school work is finished!  This can be the most difficult challenge of time management. As learners we always meet unexpected opportunities that look appealing, then result in poor performance on a test, on a paper, or in preparation for a task. Distracting activities will be more enjoyable later without the pressure of the test, assignment, etc. hanging over your head. Think in terms of pride of accomplishment. Instead of saying “no” learn to say “later”.  What is one distraction that causes you to stop studying?

12 Identify resources to help you  Are there tutors? An “expert friend”? Have you tried a keyword search on the Internet to get better explanations? Are there specialists in the library that can point you to resources? What about professionals and professional organizations. Using outside resources can save you time and energy, and solve problems.  Write down three examples for that difficult subject above?  Be as specific as possible.

13 Use your free time wisely  Think of times when you can study "bits" as when walking, riding the bus, etc. Perhaps you’ve got music to listen to for your course in music appreciation, or drills in language learning? If you are walking or biking to school, when best to listen? Perhaps you are in a line waiting? Perfect for routine tasks like flash cards, or if you can concentrate, to read or review a chapter. The bottom line is to put your time to good use.  What is one example of applying free time to your studies?

14 Review lecture notes just after class  Then review lecture material immediately after class.  The first 24 hours are critical. Forgetting is greatest within 24 hours without review!  How would you do this?  Is there free time you can use?

15 Select one, and develop a new study habit.  Try something you have a good chance of following through and accomplishing. Nothing succeeds like a first successful try!

16 Create a simple "To Do" list  This simple program will help you identify a few items, the reason for doing them, a timeline for getting them done, and then printing this simple list and posting it for reminders.

17 Daily/weekly planner  Write down appointments, classes, and meetings on a chronological log book or chart.  If you are more visual, sketch out your schedule  First thing in the morning, check what's ahead for the day  always go to sleep knowing you're prepared for tomorrow

18 Long term planner  Use a monthly chart so that you can plan ahead.  Long term planners will also serve as a reminder to constructively plan time for yourself

19 College party gone wild wrong Police Probe College Party Gone Wrong – CBS report Click here for YouTube Video

20 College students & substance abuse  College is supposed to be the time of your life.  College is a step into adulthood. The days of high school are behind you and now it's time to take the steps needed to move you forward into the next phase of your life. For many, going to college can mean traveling far from home to attend the college of your dreams. However, sometimes college life can be more then a person anticipates and some college students can get caught up in the world of substance abuse. College school

21 Beginnings  The excitement of going to college is shared by many.  Many look forward to college life. It's the first step to obtaining the career of their dreams. It's also, for some, the first time being on their own. The last few years of high school many students have spent all their time reviewing colleges to find the one that offered the degree they were seeking. Either way, there was excitement in the possibility of going to college.career

22 Academic pressure  For some, college can be a lot of pressure.  For numerous college students, college is a lot of pressure. Many are not really prepared for what college has to offer. While high school seemed like a lot of pressure, there is actually more work when it comes to college. This has put a lot of pressure on college students. Some turn to substance abuse as a way to cope with the pressures that college life brings. They may take a pill to stay awake for studying and then a pill to bring them down so they can sleep.

23 Partying  Partying can be an escape from college life.  College life while a lot of pressure also exposes many to the world of partying. For those who know how to handle the best of both worlds, this is not a problem. However for many, this is the beginning of a downward spiral. The world of college parties has a tendency to bring with it binge drinking and access to substances like marijuana, cocaine and meth.

24 Peer pressure  Peer pressure can happen...even in college.  The pressure to fit in at college can also lead many to try and use illegal substances as well as alcohol. In a report by the Initiative of Educational Excellence for Hispanic Students, it was found that roughly 43 percent of all students have reported drinking in excess at some point in their college career. In addition, drug use on campuses is growing with the highest drug use going to marijuana usage followed up by hallucinogens and amphetamines. Peer pressure can turn even the most innocent and naive college student down this dangerous path.

25 Interpersonal Violence Could this happen to you? Click here for YouTube video

26 Depression College Students Speak Up Click here for YouTube video

27 Discussion question  Ryan’s Interpersonal Issues Activity

28 Some Resources  NSCC Counseling Center https://northseattle.edu/services/counseling or (206)  The King County Crisis Clinic provides a 24-hour crisis line at (206) Or visit their website at  Asian Counseling and Referral  International Programs (206)  Police, fire, medical emergency 911

29 Assignment 6  Substance abuse: What will you do when you are confronted with situations in which illicit substances (legal or illegal) are present? Does the problem with substance abuse occur in your home countries in regards to college students? What will you do when you begin to feel peer pressure to participate in using substances that you do not want to?  Interpersonal Violence: Write about interpersonal violence, unwanted pregnancy, severe psychological problems such as suicide or depression, or any other issue of this sort. What are some resources in Seattle that you or a friend might utilize in order to find help for any of these situations? How would you help a friend in any of these trying situations?

30 References   Drug Dependence QuizTurnToHelp.com Drug Dependence QuizTurnToHelp.com  Identify substance abuse problems Confidential, free online survey  UCLA Executive MBAAnderson.UCLA.edu/EMBA UCLA Executive MBAAnderson.UCLA.edu/EMBA  UCLA Executive MBA Program Attend a Free Open House  Substance Abuse CounselorChooseICDCCollege.com/Counselor Substance Abuse CounselorChooseICDCCollege.com/Counselor  Become A Substance Abuse Counslor We'll Get You Certified. Learn More  Substance AbuseTheTreatmentCenter.com/Drug_Abuse Substance AbuseTheTreatmentCenter.com/Drug_Abuse  Change Your Life In A Safe Retreat. Call Us 24/7. Insurance Welcome. Read more: College Students & Substance Abuse | eHow.com abuse.html#ixzz1FSwlqfzOCollege Students & Substance Abuse | eHow.com abuse.html#ixzz1FSwlqfzO


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