Starting Aright, Staying Focused, Studying at CollegePART I Elder Gibson Annor-AntwiRegistrar, Pentecost University College [September 2011]
Starting Aright, Staying Focused, Studying at College (1Co 9:24) Surely you know that many runners take part in a race, but only one of them wins the prize. Run, then, in such a way as to win the prize.
Starting Aright 3 Staying Focused Studying at College
STARTING ARIGHT: Four Assumptions You qualify to begin the race Strenuous preparations have been invested in one’s readiness to participate in the game of academia You are conversant with the rules of engagement You have the potential to become a world class winner
(1Co 9:24) Run, then, in such a way as to win the prize. Shall we pray…
STARTING ARIGHT: Does the fastest always win? What went wrong? A FALSE START !!!
Important Lesson of life… Ecc 9:11 … in this world fast runners do not always win the races,… the brave do not always win the battles. The wise do not always earn a living, intelligent people do not always get rich, and capable people do not always rise to high positions…
USAIN BOLT’S 2ND CHANCE What went right? He started aright, staying focused!
STAYING FOCUSED demands … Attitudinal Change Efficient management of time Using personal daily plans Beginning with the end in mind and sight [Preparation for examinations] Developing a Study Strategy 10
You will end up characterizedby the: Skills Knowledge and Attitudes … you acquire/ develop over your period of stay or study in the tertiary/ senior high school you attend. 11 Who you ultimately become after College …
14 Some useful TOOLSand requisite materials for the business of studying.
CRUCIAL ADVICE #1Take the Orientation Session very seriously Rules and regulations are reviewed and explained Course requirements/grading are explained Use of library and how to access academic information Exposure to Information Communication Technology (ICT) systems available (VLEs, Intranet, student portals, study advice units, etc., health, safety and security issues Registration procedures – departmental/university explained. START THE FIRST SEMESTER/TERM ARIGHT by developing your study strategy 15
Developing Study Strategies Suggests … 1. A Process: It calls for a daily investment of personal effort and commitment. It cannot be attained in JUST ONE DAY. 16
Developing Study Strategies YOU are the MAIN ACTOR in the drama of studying. YOU have to get actively engaged in the business of developing effective study strategies or habits. It is NOT your TUTOR’S responsibility. 17
Distinction about teaching and learning in the university
University teaches you to think for yourself
Universities are set up to facilitate learning.
Study at School is teacher-led but in the university the learning model is student–led In school, all that you need to know is covered in your classes. This is not so at the university; the lecturer will provide a highly synthesised ‘map’ of the specific subject area being covered. You will be expected to explore the map in more detail. Lecturing, among others, is the main teaching method used in a University.
Higher Education is a “DIY” process, but that is not to say that you are entirely on your own.
The Lecturers, the Library Staff and those in specialised departments are there to help you when you need them.
But you do have to learn how to use what is there, and do not be afraid to ask for help.
Normally, there is a series of weekly lectures throughout each unit of your course.
Each successive lecture deals with a different sub-discipline of the main subject area.
Lectures represent the planned route through the subject study unit
The contents of the lectures themselves broaden the foundation on which the unit programme is based.
Every lecture will introduce you to the underlying theory, analyse and explain complex issues and generally add to your knowledge of the central framework of the whole course.
ASSESS YOUR CLASS PROFILE 22 VISIONARY ACHIEVERS JUST-PASSING-THROUGH S
Determined to succeed and to attain goals set for themselves. Avoid trouble that steals their quality time. 23 VISIONARY ACHIEVERS
‘JUST-PASSING-THROUGHS’ Do not as yet have any vision or mission for being at the University/ High School. They are just ‘walking through’ the University/ High School. They waste time; are distracted by the apparent freedom in the uni. 24
DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE STUDY HABITS - How? Focus Your Efforts No matter your problems and limitations, your aspirations or whatever, your primary goal NOW should be efficiently handling your school work. 25