Taking this ACDV 101 course has taught me a lot about myself that I didn’t know, reminded me about things I forgot, and also provided me with insight and literary terms for this that I didn’t even understand through mere learning inventories. Taking these inventories were sometimes amusing to me because I was wondering if they were really relevant to my learning. However, I have come to realize that if I want to be successful in college, I really need to know all these things.
Some of these things included; My Learning Styles I am VARK; meaning that I am a visual, auditory, read/write and kinesthetic learner How I Learning Best Even though I am a VARK learner, I learn best as a Tactical Learner.(prefer doing taskthat requires hands on approach) How to control my spending and saving For e.g. I might spend a lot more when I go shopping with friends, so its best to go by myself most of the time.
Challenges I had when it came to reading before Idid ACDV.1. Before I started ACDV, I would normally fall asleep while reading because I didn’t know that reading would be much easier if I took breaks while reading.2. Even though I might make reading schedules, I wouldn’t used them, and if the time passed, I wouldn’t bother reading that section. (Stealing time)3. I normally spend a lot of time online and then start studying when its almost time to go to bed.
WEEK Page # Topic Comments on Chapter1 2-12 A Primer on College2 18-35 How people learn3 38- 48 Figuring Out Task Did not read; was a very busy week4 54- 64 Organizing yourself and time5 70-89 Motivation, Only read Attitudes, and apart the Interest chapter
Above is an example of my personalized reading plan. I have learned that having a reading plan will do the following: 1. Will make your textbook easier to read and complete 2. Because your on a schedule it makes it easier for you to make notes and study them and still have time to review/rehearse them.
Before I started ACDV and started learning about prioritizing andother time management strategies, I used to skip classes andmost times I went I actually went I would be sleeping.Therefore, most times I would know that I have an assignmentdue or a test the day before or on the day, and even if I knewbefore, I would have a pile that I’m trying to get through so thatpile would just get higher and higher. Taking this ACDV course has taught me how to managemy time properly and the steps on how to better my timemanagement skills. These include:1. Scheduling my classes for my most alert times. Therefore I wont fall asleep during class.2. Not only should I schedule at my most alert times, but I must go to class therefore I won’t be spending study and homework time writing notes.3. Prioritize: Sort tasks or assignment from highest to lowest. Most important tasks should be your highest priority. Assignments that have closer due dates should be done first.
“Back in high school, I would sleep during class time, then copied my friends notesafter class. I realized that they weren’t making note of everything that was said, butwho cares? Even though I wasn’t passing by much, I got a lot of make up grade and Iwould still be taking home a good report card. All of this changed when I startedCCBC, because on the first day of class I read in my text that in college a lot of makeup work isn’t giving. I thought to myself there goes the good days, now I’ll have towrite my own notes now but how can I put these notes in a way I can easilyunderstand. I started to the internet but still wasn’t sure what to do. A few days later,I was talking to a friend of mine who has been at CCBC for the pass five years and shetold me I could use my ACDV book to find it and I did” For my CSIT class, we mostly got hand outs orchapters are assigned for reading, so I figured that theParallel Notes note taking strategy was best for me. I chosethis strategy because not only did it allow me to have theinstructors notes alongside mine but it also allowed me tohave a Self-testing area alongside my notes. In addition totaking my own notes, I also try to have good notes byensuring that; my notes are organized, main details and keyterms are highlighted, that I have a number of examples ifavailable and I sometimes use abbreviations. All of theseelements makes my notes a lot easier to review andrehearse.
Studying is vital when ever I’m suppose to have atest. Therefore, I have chosen the strategies I ammost comfortable with using and I have stuck withthem through out. These strategies include: Creating an SSP: I always create a study schedule so that I am on point with my studies. Review and Rehearsing: I always re-read/review key points and terms. Self- Testing: Taking a pre-test before the exam will make it clear to me how much I know before the test and also give me an idea of how much I will score on the test.
I strongly believe that the things I learned in ACDV will be better my chances of success in college and maybe throughout life and the choices I might makes in the future. Knowing how I learn best, how to manage my time properly and the process of taking good notes and rehearsing them will be very helpful, especially when I transfer to a four year college because most of the time I will be required my own information if I want to be successful. Overall the main thing I learned was that college is far different from high school and even though it might seem u have more time you really don’t because college is like a full time job.
Notebook: A notebook can be a hard cover book of any size. This book will be used to take notes from lecture and make your own notes from your own reading. Textbook: Instructors will not be able to explain or go through everything in classes; therefore, textbooks are very important. Writing instruments: These includes pens, pencils, markers etc. These items are used to write notes, highlight or underline key points. Web CT: this in reference to blackboard learning systems. This is a vital tool for learning at CCBC, because this is where most instructors choose to post assignments and grades. Web CT is also used for sending messages and posting important announcements.