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Apr 11

THRIVE: Reflecting to Learn

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by J J

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by J J

Mid-course

1. Examine your grades this semester, and reflect on your progress in your class (or your most challenging class). Write a response to the following prompts:

  • What are your studying strengths and weaknesses?

  • What study techniques do you think work best for the content in this class (practice, memorization, comprehensive review)?

  • Are you currently doing this technique? If so, is it working? If not, where can you fit it in your schedule?

2. Share your reflection.

End-of-Course

1. Review your mid-course reflection, and respond to the following:

  • In terms of your study techniques, do you think you strengthened your strengths and diminished your weaknesses this semester? Why or why not?

  • What study techniques will you continue to improve upon in future semesters, and how will you advance them?

2. Share your reflection.

3 comments

  1. Zachary Hill

    My studying strengths are that I allot plenty of time and I manage my time around everything else in my life really well. My weaknesses in studying are that I am easily bored of the work or problems that I am studying or doing. The technique that I think works best for literature is thorough reading and repetition as well as researching misunderstandings. I am currently using this technique and I believe it is working very well because I am able to understand the material exceptionally easily.

  2. epapp002

    I was never good at studying. I always used to be lazy in this, which is funny since I always did some kind of sport and it never came out there. Most people say that sportsmen are good at studying because their determination, motivation, and stamina comes out in studying as well as in their sport. It never worked for me. When I started college I had the same attitude and of course my grades were not the best. I realized I have to change. I had trouble with the General Education Classes since I had no interest in them. In addition I also have language difficulties since I am an international student. The strength I have is the fact that the high school is a lot more difficult in my country than here, so there are a handful of things I already studied there and which are knew for everybody else.
    My toughest class is obviously the literature class. I never liked literature in my own language either so learning it in English just makes it even worse. Also, my major is Engineering so I have nothing to do with literature. There are a lot of new words me and I have to read a lot. There is not any kind of special technique I use. the most important is to read everything that is assigned and if I find a word I do not understand, which is common, I look it up in the dictionary to make sure I totally understand the text.
    I have trouble completing this technique ate moment. The reason is the lack of time. I am taking three courses which is pretty much in a 6 week session. So I have a lot of homework and sometimes I literally do not have time to read tens of pages from one day to another. Of course I will have to deal with this somehow and It will not be easy but I guess I will just have to sacrifice something else in order to find time to study for this class.

  3. John Luecke

    THRIVE: Reflecting to Learn
    Mid-course

    1) Examine your grades this semester, and reflect on your progress in your class (or your most challenging class). Write a response to the following prompts:

    2) What are your studying strengths and weaknesses?

    3) What study techniques do you think work best for the content in this class (practice, memorization, comprehensive review)?

    4) Are you currently doing this technique? If so, is it working? If not, where can you fit it in your schedule?

    Answers:
    2) My strengths in studying are basically my routine. I have a set method or technique that I use to approach specific subject material. With Math it is usually repletion of sample problems to ensure correct procedure. With History it usually involves some memorization, as well as association of specific dates/names/places. Science is a combination of memorization and the repetition of the use of formulas, similar to sample problems as in Math. For English my routine involves memorization of the important words, phrases and concepts; while reviewing highlighted notes/text of the specific materials being covered.
    As for my weaknesses, the most profound one is my time management and procrastination. Even with all my experience I still tend to put things off as long as possible. And since I work full time I often end up with a time management problem due to my procrastination and lack of time control in the short term due to the needs of my job.
    3) Best studying techniques for this class are memorization and comprehensive review.
    4) I currently employ these methods. Based upon my grades, I would have to conclude that they are working for me.

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