Presentation on theme: "Career Goal-setting and Basic Study Skills"— Presentation transcript:
1 Career Goal-setting and Basic Study Skills Julian HilliardProfessor of BiologyIntroduce self – talk about job, observations during teaching, 200 hours of college qualify me to talk re: this subject.
2 WHY AM I HERE?... (in college) Well, Dad’s paying for it…You’re just supposed to go to college, right?To meet the love of my life…To socialize – same as High School (duh!)WRONG ANSWERS!(thanks for playing)Actually, you’re here so that YOU can PREPARE YOUSELFfor a CAREER that suits your skills and personality.
3 Choosing a Career Path Prioritize your personal goals and desires: Financial independence, helping others, producing objects/art, scientific inquiry, etc.With people who know you, brainstorm career ideas that match your life goalsDevelop a plan of action for the next few years that will help you get there…Talk to career counselors at school!Find out if the training and skills you plan toacquire are marketable! That is, “Can I get ajob as a _________ around here in 2008?”
4 Fuel for the Long Haul (Motivation) Knowing why you’re putting forth all the money and effort for school will really help you reach your goals.On the flip side, not outlining your career goals and plan beforehand will likely lead to a longer, more expensive and more frustrating college experience.End slide with story about grad experience with bs in bio… (circuit city) - do research on
5 In the Classroom: Advice from a Professor Go to class - students who show up get better grades: amazing!!If you’ve chosen the right career path, the subject should interest you.Learn to take notes – this is your best source of information when studying later.Listen and ask questions – engage your teacher in discussion (get your $ worth)Don’t fear the subject, embrace the challenge… attitude is everything
6 Good Note-taking in Class DO NOT record all the notes verbatimLearn to paraphrase ideas for yourselfRecord what’s written on the boardRecord key points and termsListen for emphasized or repeated terms and conceptsAsk questions about confusing points – try to read and understand what you’re writing!
7 Now that you have Notes… Begin reviewing your notes on the same day they’re taken.Recopy the notes – this is a tried-and- true way to remember the informationMake notecards for key terms/conceptsRead your notes aloud – the more ways you hear the information, the better.After reviewing, have a friend quiz you from notes or notecardsReview your notes for about 3 times the amount of time you spent in class.
8 More Study Do’s and Don’ts Read assigned chapters in the textbook – Buying it was pointless otherwise!Study in a distraction-free environment. Turn off TV, telephone, etc.Do not study while tired or stressedTake short breaks at least every 40minGet at least 6 hrs sleep/nightEat low fat foods – fat makes you sleepyMake a list of your study goals – eg. 4 hours of this, 2 hours of that, etc.
9 Remember: The time to worry about a test is before it – not after it. The Test…Try to know 90% of the information two days BEFORE the test.You should be reviewing 1 day before your exams. This reduces TEST ANXIETY!!Studying well before the test means you can eat and sleep better, too.Remember: The time to worry about a test is before it – not after it.