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THE FIRST OF THE SLIDES PRECEDING PART I

THE FIRST OF THE SLIDES PRECEDING PART I

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  • 1. Starting Aright, Staying Focused, Studying at CollegePART I
    Elder Gibson Annor-AntwiRegistrar, Pentecost University College
    [September 2011]
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Starting Aright
    3
    Staying Focused
    Studying at College
  • 4. 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
  • 5. (1Co 9:24)
    Run, then, in such a way as to win the prize.
    Shall we pray…
  • 6. STARTING ARIGHT: Does the fastest always win?
    What went wrong?
    A FALSE START !!!
  • 7. 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…
  • 8. USAIN BOLT’S 2ND CHANCE
    What went right?
    He started aright, staying focused!
  • 9. STAYING FOCUSED …demands ?
  • 10. 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
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  • 11. 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 …
  • 12.
  • 13. 13
    Be serious from Day #1
  • 14. 14
    Some useful TOOLSand requisite materials for the business of studying.
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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
  • 17. 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
  • 18. Distinction about teaching and learning in the university
    • University teaches you to think for yourself
    • 19. 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.
  • 20.
    • Higher Education is a “DIY” process, but that is not to say that you are entirely on your own.
    • 21. The Lecturers, the Library Staff and those in specialised departments are there to help you when you need them.
    • 22. 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.
    • 23. Each successive lecture deals with a different sub-discipline of the main subject area.
    • 24. Lectures represent the planned route through the subject study unit
    • 25. The contents of the lectures themselves broaden the foundation on which the unit programme is based.
    • 26. 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
  • 27. Determined to succeed and to attain goals set for themselves.
    Avoid trouble that steals their quality time.
    23
    VISIONARY ACHIEVERS
  • 28. ‘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
  • 29. 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
  • 30. Attend every Class
    26
  • 31.
    • An hour lecture a student skips can never be redeemed.
    • 32. It creates extra work for the student and not his/her classmates
    • 33. Borrowing lecture notes to copy, reading a related textbook, which you did not personally process can be difficult and an avoidable waste of time.
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  • 34. AVOID PROCRASTINATION
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  • 35. 3. Manage your Time Efficiently
    29
  • 36. You need to turn it right to manage it right!
    30
    Is your sense of time turned upside down?