Discuss time management, making your own decisions and setting goals for the future. Explain prioritizing task, goals and values. Ask yourself “which ones are more important to me” Explain staying focused, always keeping your eyes on the most important purpose for being in college. Does what you are doing right now contribute or detract from those purposes. Explain organization. Managing time is important to success. Use a planner to help keep up with appointments, assignments or task. Chart a weekly time table. Make a to-do list. Make sure it all works for you. Explain that overextending yourself is the primary source of stress for a college student. Discuss options to reduce work load. Reduce distractions by finding a quiet place to study and concentrate. Establish a specific time and place to study each day and stick to it. Turn off all distractions such as televisions, radios, cell phones, and i-pods. Discuss the things that cause procrastination and the steps to overcome those causes (i.e. Fear of failing, fear of success, boredom, and being a perfectionist).
Discuss the different types of Plagiarism such as failing to use proper citations when utilizing another authors work. Paraphrasing statements or paragraphs without proper citation. Submitting work on your behalf that was prepared by another person. Self plagiarism or double dipping, turning in the same assignment to two different classes. Discuss the outcome of plagiarism. Failing grade or ultimately dismissal from the university.
Explain the four steps in active reading. Previewing is understanding how what you are reading connects with what you know and the material the instructor covers in class. Start by reading the title then the summary then skim through the chapters. Mapping provides a visual guide for how different chapter ideas fit together. Explain the two different mapping methods, the wheel map and the branching map. Marking your textbook: Complete the preview then read actively. Avoid marking to much material. Read before you mark and decide which are the most important ideas and concepts. Reading with concentration requires you to find a quiet study area away from distractions. Turn off distractions such as cell phones, television, internet connections, and radios. Reviewing involves including regular reviews of material in your study process. Review the material from each chapter every week. Some good tips are to recite aloud and post diagrams, maps or outlines around your study space.
Explain the steps of the writing process. Free writing is the process of writing as we speak with no attention given to grammar, punctuation, or spelling. It is a process that frees the mind to think creatively. Exploratory writing or free writing helps you discover what you want to say. Explanatory writing allows you to translate those ideas to others. Explanatory writing is the final published product. Therefore it should be written professionally. Prewriting is to prepare yourself to write by filling your mind with information from other sources (free writing). Drafting is when you take those ideas and write them into a rough draft. Revision consist of polishing your rough draft. Check for punctuation, grammar, and spelling errors. This is the step before final publication.
Participation is a key to success in college. You will need to answer at least three discussion questions per week. I suggest posting them on the day they are due. You will also need to have 2 substantive post over a 4 day span to be considered as participating. Writing skills need to be brushed up on. I suggest the center for writing excellence or signing up for a writing workshop. Workshops are free to students and they will help you understand writing on a college level. Procrastination can cause a big problem in your college career. Set a time aside each day for your school work and stick to it. Don’t make excuses to yourself about your work. Things like, its to hard or the instructor don’t like me should be unacceptable. Stay focused. Stay focused, keep your eyes on the goal. Why did you choose to begin college? Keep reaching for the golden ring. Do not let distractions keep you from reaching your goal. Constantly review your previous weeks material. Set aside some time each study period to review. This will aid in recalling the information at test time.
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Personal Ethics Statement and Resources Project Clarence Mckinney March 31, 2012 University of Phoenix US/101 Introduction to University Studies Instructor Cheri Gray
Set priorities Stay focused Get organized Don’t overextend yourself Reduce distractions Overcoming procrastination
Plagiarism in writing Plagiarism in paraphrasing Submitting another’s work Self plagiarism
Previewing Mapping Marking your textbook Read with concentration Reviewing
Participate Review your writing skills Don’t procrastinate Keep yourself focused Study, Study, Study
Personal responsibility, academic honesty,reading and study skills, and writing skills are all aessential part of success in an academicenvironment. Preparing ourselves and excelling inthese areas will make our journey through collegea rewarding experience.