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This workshop educates UCLA students about how they can organise themselves mentally and academically early in the quarter to succeed in their final exams or papers. The workshop starts with mental ...

This workshop educates UCLA students about how they can organise themselves mentally and academically early in the quarter to succeed in their final exams or papers. The workshop starts with mental preparation and time management, and then provides specific skills for class, quantitative assignments, qualitative assignments, midterms and finals. It concludes with a run-down of tips for study groups, taking breaks, snacking healthily, and seeking on-campus resources for assistance.

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  • Welcome and introduction of programme <br /> - who we are <br /> - our backgrounds <br /> - why we made this workshop
  • Activity: What works for you, and what do you need to work on? <br /> &#x2022;(5 min) Ask following questions one at a time; write responses on white board <br /> oIn preparing for midterms, finals and papers, what has helped you to succeed in the past? <br /> oWhat do you struggle with? <br /> oWhat do you want to get out of this workshop? <br /> &#x2022;(2 min) Groups share answers and post up papers around room. <br /> Transition: Mention how workshop will prepare them, and also importance of talking about study skills with one another
  • Activity: What works for you, and what do you need to work on? <br /> &#x2022;(5 min) Ask following questions one at a time; write responses on white board <br /> oIn preparing for midterms, finals and papers, what has helped you to succeed in the past? <br /> oWhat do you struggle with? <br /> oWhat do you want to get out of this workshop? <br /> &#x2022;(2 min) Groups share answers and post up papers around room. <br /> Transition: Mention how workshop will prepare them, and also importance of talking about study skills with one another
  • Activity: What works for you, and what do you need to work on? <br /> &#x2022;(5 min) Ask following questions one at a time; write responses on white board <br /> oIn preparing for midterms, finals and papers, what has helped you to succeed in the past? <br /> oWhat do you struggle with? <br /> oWhat do you want to get out of this workshop? <br /> &#x2022;(2 min) Groups share answers and post up papers around room. <br /> Transition: Mention how workshop will prepare them, and also importance of talking about study skills with one another
  • oUnderstand why this course helps you get what you want &#x2013; taking the necessary courses to apply for med school, taking a really interesting course, getting a GE out of the way <br /> oConfidence: Believing in yourself, why you&#x2019;re at UCLA, and what you can do <br /> oBeing realistic: Recognising what your limitations are, how they might be affecting your confidence, and using that knowledge to focus what you&#x2019;ll need to work on to succeed
  • What is the goal of the course? <br /> What basis is your midterm, paper(s), final, etc. being graded on? <br /> What do you need to do in each assignment to succeed?
  • What is the goal of the course? <br /> What basis is your midterm, paper(s), final, etc. being graded on? <br /> What do you need to do in each assignment to succeed?
  • What is the goal of the course? <br /> What basis is your midterm, paper(s), final, etc. being graded on? <br /> What do you need to do in each assignment to succeed?
  • What is the goal of the course? <br /> What basis is your midterm, paper(s), final, etc. being graded on? <br /> What do you need to do in each assignment to succeed?
  • What is the goal of the course? <br /> What basis is your midterm, paper(s), final, etc. being graded on? <br /> What do you need to do in each assignment to succeed?
  • What is the goal of the course? <br /> What basis is your midterm, paper(s), final, etc. being graded on? <br /> What do you need to do in each assignment to succeed?
  • Knowing what to expect when you think about your classes
  • oQuarter calendar: When to expect assignments based on type of class, and how to aggregate due dates from all your courses so assignments don&#x2019;t catch you off guard <br /> oPreparing now for finals: Why finals preparation has to be seen as a whole-quarter activity
  • oQuarter calendar: When to expect assignments based on type of class, and how to aggregate due dates from all your courses so assignments don&#x2019;t catch you off guard <br /> oPreparing now for finals: Why finals preparation has to be seen as a whole-quarter activity
  • oQuarter calendar: When to expect assignments based on type of class, and how to aggregate due dates from all your courses so assignments don&#x2019;t catch you off guard <br /> oPreparing now for finals: Why finals preparation has to be seen as a whole-quarter activity
  • &#x2022;Understanding the concepts (Ying) <br /> oMemorizing will not help you on finals or midterms <br /> oWhen in class, do not worry about writing everything down; worrying about understanding what the professor is saying <br /> oUnderstand how something works can make problems easier <br /> oUse your TAs if you cannot understand <br /> &#x2022;Note taking and note organisation (Justin) <br /> oMake notes, don&#x2019;t take notes <br /> oTake notes by hand if you can, even if you are recording or have a podcast <br /> oUsing PowerPoint slides that are pre-posted &#x2013; use to filter your notetaking, not as a substitute <br /> oOrganise your notes topically if possible <br /> &#x2022;Participation &#x2013; keeping active in class, and using it as a way to test out ideas before midterms and finals (Justin)
  • oAfter you learn the concepts, you have to apply them <br /> oThe more problems you do, the more familiar you will be <br /> oKeep track of the kinds of mistakes you make <br /> oStudying in groups can open you up to different ways of approaching one problem
  • Use question words in your answer to make it clear how you&#x2019;re answering <br /> Ex. question: &#x201C;most important ways&#x201D;, &#x201C;classical republican model&#x201D;, &#x201C;differ&#x201D;, &#x201C;current model&#x201D; <br /> Use in thesis, and expand. <br /> Make sure your paragraphs relate back to this wording
  • Show, don&#x2019;t tell: Richard Nixon once said, &#x201C;Never give me a naked quote. Put it in a little story.&#x201D; Similarly, provide context and specific evidence for your argument <br /> TAs and professors are lazy (when grading): They don&#x2019;t have time to fish for what you&#x2019;re getting at. Make it easy for them, and they&#x2019;ll make it easy for you to succeed. (Caveat: Easy does not mean boring. On the contrary, easy means accessible, and even enriching.)
  • &#x2022;Start early (Ying) <br /> &#x2022;Don&#x2019;t memorize unless you have to (Ying) <br /> &#x2022;Connection to good note organisation (Justin)
  • &#x2022;Active studying: <br /> oIndex cards of concepts can be helpful (Ying) <br /> oMaking mind maps to understand links between concepts (Justin) <br /> &#x2022;Active preparation <br /> oPractice, practice, practice &#x2013; whether you know the question or not (Justin)

Achieve Finals Success Now Presentation Transcript

  • 1. ACHIEVE FINALS SUCCESS NOW Presented by Ying Chen (B.S. Anthropology, third year) Justin Lam (B.A. Political Science, fourth year) Brought to you by the Sproul Hall Office of Residential Life University of California, Los Angeles All views expressed are those of Ying Chen and Justin Lam. These views, tips, and/or stories do not necessarily represent the views of the Office of Residential Life and/or the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 2. FEEL LIKE FINALS DO THIS TO YOU?
  • 3. WE’LL TURN YOU BACK INTO THIS
  • 4. WHERE YOU ARE NOW
  • 5. WHERE YOU ARE NOW • In preparing for midterms, finals and papers, what has helped you to succeed in the past?
  • 6. WHERE YOU ARE NOW • In preparing for midterms, finals and papers, what has helped you to succeed in the past? • What do you struggle with?
  • 7. WHERE YOU ARE NOW • In preparing for midterms, finals and papers, what has helped you to succeed in the past? • What do you struggle with? • What do you want to get out of this workshop?
  • 8. GETTING STARTED Attitude, Understanding and Time Management
  • 9. MENTAL PREPARATION
  • 10. UNDERSTANDING
  • 11. UNDERSTANDING • What is the goal of the course?
  • 12. UNDERSTANDING • What is the goal of the course? • What basis is your midterm, paper(s), final, etc. being graded on?
  • 13. UNDERSTANDING UCLA School of Public Affairs Department of Public Policy PP 10A Introduction to Public Policy Fall Quarter, 2009 M, W 12:00pm - 1:20pm Rm. A18, Haines Hall • What is the goal of the Prof. Michael A. Stoll mstoll@ucla.edu Office Hours: M 1:30 - 2:30pm W 1:30 - 2:30pm (sign up sheet appointments) course? Rm. 6331 Public Policy Bldg. TAs** Jonathan Diamond Office Hours: M 2:00-3:00pm, TR 12:00-1:00pm e-mail: diamondj@ix.netcom.com Gagandeep Kaur W 9:30-1130am gagank04@gmail.com Jessica Nolan T 12:00pm – 2:00pm jnolan83@gmail.com • What basis is your midterm, **All TA Office Hours will be held in either Rm. 6243 or 6336, Public Affairs Bldg. paper(s), final, etc. being Description: What is Public Policy? Do we need government intervention? If we do, why and how should government intervene? And, what tools do we need to help us decide how to intervene? These are some of the fundamental questions that form the ‘field’ of public policy. As is evident, public policy is about making decisions, usually tough ones at that where values, ideologies and graded on? politics come into play. Public policy analysts and policy makers are constantly making decisions, about whether to end affirmative action, about whether to tax firms that pollute, and about whether to have universal health care. Most often, these decisions are made in shifting and politically loaded environments. Decision-makers are constantly balancing morals, ethics, values and the like on the one hand with notions of ‘science’ (that is, dealing with uncertainties and complexities such as time constraints, incomplete information, exceptional situations in a rational way) on the other hand to decide how best to meet socially defined ends. This course introduces students to these • What do you need to do in challenges by providing students a general overview of the process, content and substance of public policy and policy analysis. each assignment to succeed? Objectives: This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the field of public policy, to overview key concepts in public policy analysis and to develop skills in public policy analysis. It proposes to do so by exposing students to the methods and ‘science’ of public policy, by writing public policy analysis papers, by inviting presentations by experts in the field of public policy and by case study learning. It also serves as the gateway course into the public policy minor program. Requirements: The course requirements include 3 policy memos (50% of course grade), 2 mid- terms (45% of course grade), and workshop attendance and participation (5% of the course grade). The credit for class attendance and participation will be based primarily on workshop attendance.
  • 14. TIME MANAGEMENT Avg. North Campus class Avg. South Campus class Wk 1 Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 3 Midterm 1 Wk 4 Paper Wk 4 Wk 5 Midterm Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 6 Midterm 2 Wk 7 Paper Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 10 FINALS Final or final paper FINALS FINAL
  • 15. Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week 1 4/1 5/1 6/1 7/1 8/1 9/1 10/1 Week 2 11/1 12/1 13/1 14/1 15/1 16/1 17/1 Week 3 18/1 19/1 20/1 21/1 22/1 23/1 24/1 PHY SCI 5 start Diet Analysis project check homework PHY SCI 5 Weeks 3-4 answers Homework Due HIST 8B Insurgent Mexico reading Practice for map quiz HIST 8B Map quiz in section PUB PLC M186 reading HNRS 101E syllabus review- refine syllabus later in HNRS 101E draft week syllabus due CE 194 revisit question sources lookup/ sources lookup/ reaction reaction Week 4 25/1 26/1 27/1 28/1 29/1 30/1 31/1 PHY SCI 5 HIST 8B PUB PLC M186 reading THE HNRS 101E CE 194 sources finalised CE194 sources due Week 5 1/2 2/2 3/2 4/2 5/2 6/2 7/2 PHY SCI 5 Prep for Midterm Exam Midterm review Midterm review PHY SCI 5 Weeks 5-6 PHY SCI 5 Midterm Homework Due HIST 8B start picking topic for Midterm essay PUB PLC M186 start thinking about draft paper HNRS 101E HNRS 101E Final syllabus due CE 194 Week 6 8/2 9/2 10/2 11/2 12/2 13/2 14/2 QUARTER PHY SCI 5 HIST 8B brainstorm/draft paper brainstorm ideas ideas to bring to Alex outline for essay outline for essay PUB PLC M186 start writing draft paper HNRS 101E CE 194 CE194 faculty mentor due Week 7 15/2 16/2 17/2 18/2 19/2 20/2 21/2 PHY SCI 5 PHY SCI 5 Weeks 7-8 PHY SCI 5 diet analysis PHY SCI 5 diet analysis Homework Due project project HIST 8B final draft midterm essay finalise edits HIST 8B Midterm essay DUE CALENDAR PUB PLC M186 submit draft paper HNRS 101E CE 194 Week 8 22/2 23/2 24/2 25/2 26/2 27/2 28/2 PHY SCI 5 PHY SCI 5 diet analysis PHY SCI 5 diet analysis PHY SCI 5 diet analysis project write-up project write-up project project project HIST 8B PUB PLC M186 HNRS 101E CE 194 Week 9 1/3 2/3 3/3 4/3 5/3 6/3 7/3 PHY SCI 5 project write-up project write-up PHY SCI 5 Weeks PHY SCI 5 PROJECT 9-10 Homework Due DUE HIST 8B PUB PLC M186 HNRS 101E CE 194 Week 10 8/3 9/3 10/3 11/3 12/3 13/3 14/3 PHY SCI 5 HIST 8B HIST 8B Short critical essay due PUB PLC M186 HNRS 101E CE 194 FINALS 15/3 16/3 17/3 18/3 19/3 PHY SCI 5 PHY SCI 5 FINAL EXAM 11:30-14:30 HIST 8B HIST 8B FINAL EXAM 08:00-11:00 PUB PLC M186 PUB PLC M186 FINAL DUE
  • 16. Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week 1 4/1 5/1 6/1 7/1 8/1 9/1 10/1 Week 2 11/1 12/1 13/1 14/1 15/1 16/1 17/1 Week 3 18/1 19/1 20/1 21/1 22/1 23/1 24/1 PHY SCI 5 start Diet Analysis project check homework PHY SCI 5 Weeks 3-4 answers Homework Due HIST 8B Insurgent Mexico reading Practice for map quiz HIST 8B Map quiz in section PUB PLC M186 reading HNRS 101E syllabus review- refine syllabus later in HNRS 101E draft week syllabus due CE 194 revisit question sources lookup/ sources lookup/ reaction reaction Week 4 25/1 26/1 27/1 28/1 29/1 30/1 31/1 PHY SCI 5 HIST 8B PUB PLC M186 reading HNRS 101E CE 194 sources finalised CE194 sources due Week 5 1/2 2/2 3/2 4/2 5/2 6/2 7/2 PHY SCI 5 Prep for Midterm Exam Midterm review Midterm review PHY SCI 5 Weeks 5-6 PHY SCI 5 Midterm Homework Due HIST 8B start picking topic for Midterm essay PUB PLC M186 start thinking about draft paper HNRS 101E HNRS 101E Final syllabus due CE 194 Week 6 8/2 9/2 10/2 11/2 12/2 13/2 14/2 PHY SCI 5 HIST 8B brainstorm/draft paper brainstorm ideas ideas to bring to Alex outline for essay outline for essay PUB PLC M186 start writing draft paper HNRS 101E CE 194 CE194 faculty mentor due Week 7 15/2 16/2 17/2 18/2 19/2 20/2 21/2 PHY SCI 5 PHY SCI 5 Weeks 7-8 PHY SCI 5 diet analysis PHY SCI 5 diet analysis Homework Due project project HIST 8B final draft midterm essay finalise edits HIST 8B Midterm essay DUE PUB PLC M186 submit draft paper HNRS 101E CE 194 Week 8 22/2 23/2 24/2 25/2 26/2 27/2 28/2
  • 17. HIST 8B final draft midterm essay finalise edits HIST 8B Midterm essay DUE PUB PLC M186 submit draft paper HNRS 101E CE 194 Week 8 22/2 23/2 24/2 25/2 26/2 PHY SCI 5 PHY SCI 5 diet analysis PHY SCI 5 diet analysis PHY SCI 5 diet analysis project write-up project write-up project project project HIST 8B PUB PLC M186 HNRS 101E CE 194 Week 9 1/3 2/3 3/3 4/3 5/3 PHY SCI 5 project write-up project write-up PHY SCI 5 Weeks PHY SCI 5 PROJECT 9-10 Homework Due DUE HIST 8B PUB PLC M186 HNRS 101E CE 194 Week 10 8/3 9/3 10/3 11/3 12/3 PHY SCI 5 HIST 8B HIST 8B Short critical essay due PUB PLC M186 HNRS 101E CE 194 FINALS 15/3 16/3 17/3 18/3 19/3 PHY SCI 5 PHY SCI 5 FINAL EXAM 11:30-14:30 HIST 8B HIST 8B FINAL EXAM 08:00-11:00 PUB PLC M186 PUB PLC M186 FINAL DUE
  • 18. TOOLS FOR SUCCESS In class Quantitative assignments Qualitative assignments Midterms and finals
  • 19. IN CLASS • Understand the concepts • Make notes, don’t take notes • Take notes by hand • Use posted slides to filter, not to substitute • Use participation to prepare
  • 20. QUANTITATIVE ASSIGNMENTS Learn by doing
  • 21. QUALITATIVE ASSIGNMENTS • Answer the question with the wording of the question • ex. What are some of the most important ways in which the classical republican model of citizenship (as we find it portrayed in Plutarch and Cicero especially) differ from our current model of citizenship (Zukin et al.)? • The most important way the classical republican model of citizenship differs from the current model citizenship is in the classical republican model’s prescription of how a person should prioritise civic concerns through her values and actions, in contrast to the current model’s adaptation of citizenship to fit the manner in which citizens choose to engage themselves.
  • 22. QUALITATIVE ASSIGNMENTS Show, don’t tell TAs are lazy (when grading)
  • 23. MIDTERMS AND FINALS • Start early • Don’tmemorize unless you have to • Good note organization is key - think topically
  • 24. MIDTERMS AND FINALS: ACTIVE STUDYING
  • 25. OTHER TOOLS FOR SUCCESS Study groups and study buddies Breaks Healthy study snacks Workshops and resources
  • 26. STUDY GROUPS • Use them to review, not to learn • Finding fellow students who will help you succeed • Come with specific questions and leave with specific answers
  • 27. TAKING BREAKS AND WORKING OUT
  • 28. HEALTHY STUDY SNACKS • Consider a trip to TJ’s, Ralph’s or Whole Foods for healthier fare edamame vegan pita • Choose snacks with some protein (but in moderation) • Moderate your fat consumption • Watch your sugar and caffeine carrots and hummus dark chocolate intake
  • 29. WORKSHOPS AND RESOURCES www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/aitc/ www.counseling.ucla.edu/
  • 30. QUESTIONS?
  • 31. DOWNLOADS Presentation and Quarter Calendar Template available at www.slideshare.net/justinlam CONTACT US Ying Chen (B.S. Anthropology, third year): ychen23@ucla.edu Justin Lam (B.A. Political Science, fourth year): justinlam@ucla.edu