Module #3 * Success in the Classroom

In this module, you
will reinforce the
information you
learned about in class
and in chapter 4 of
your textbook. The
goal of this unit is for
you to use the tools
and information to be
successful with your
To truly be successful
with your classes, you
need to follow a
process. Everything we
cover in this module
fits inside the acronym
P A R.
We want your study
skills to be… up to PAR!
P = Plan/Prepare
A = Act/Attend Class
R = Review
What does
planning and
involve when it
comes to being
a student?
Have all of your class materials,
textbooks, notebooks, writing
utensils, flash drive, etc.
Use some type of planner.
(WSGA provides one free to
you!) Put everything you are
responsible for in it (classes,
assignments, job, etc.).
Try the Assignment Calculator to
plan writing projects.
Know how you learn best…
There are
many views on
learning styles
and how
plays into
learning. We
are focusing
on the VARK in
this course.
V = Visual
A = Aural/Auditory
R = Read/Write
K = Kinesthetic
1. Click on the link (at left) and take the
questionnaire. Remember you can mark
as many answers as apply to you in each
2. When you have submitted your results,
take a look at the “Helpsheets” as these
will aid you with your studies.
Go to class! You paid for it, so
get your money’s worth.
One of the biggest predictors of
student success is based on
class attendance. It matters!
Before class starts:
Sit up front if possible.
Review last class’s materials,
notes, etc. Be ready!
Put away distractions (like that
cell phone).
During class:
Pay attention and actively
Ask and answer questions
when appropriate.
Be ready to take notes.
There are
several styles
you may use
when taking
Cornell Method
Outline Format
Paragraph Format
Listing Format
CC photo by Kristin Wolff
Mind/Concept Mapping
Developed by
Cornell University
Prof. Walter Pauk.
The paper has 2-3
separate sections.
2. After
within 24
hours of the
class), jot
down major
terms, etc.
1. Take notes in
this section as
you normally
would during
your class
Optional Section: Write a summary
sentence or two about this page of notes.
A formal way of
organizing your
May be difficult to
write them in this
format during
Could be good
review to re-write
your notes in this
I. US Civil War 1861-1865
A. North (Union)
B. South (Confederacy)
II. Leaders
A. Union
1. Abraham Lincoln, President
2. Ulysses S. Grant, General
3. William T. Sherman, General
a. Atlanta Campaign
b. March to the Sea/Savannah
B. Confederacy
1. Jefferson Davis, President
2. Robert E. Lee, General
3. Stonewall Jackson, General
III. Issues and Causes
A. Slavery
B. States’ Rights
C. Industrial v. Agrarian
Writing your notes
in rough sentences
& paragraphs.
“Sentences” may
actually be
fragments and
US Civil War – Begins 4-12-1865
North – Union, South – Confederacy.
(N) – Abraham Lincoln (Pres.), Ulysses S.
Grant (Gen.), William T. Sherman (Gen.);
(S) – Jefferson Davis (Pres.), Robert E. Lee
(Gen.), Stonewall Jackson (Gen.)
Causes of War: Slavery; states' rights,
agrarian v. industrial way of life…
US Civil War – Begins 4-12-1865
Sometimes referred
to as “charting.”
North = Union
Often incorporated
with other notetaking methods.
Preserve Union
South = Confederacy
Abraham Lincoln (Pr.)
Jefferson Davis (Pr.)
Ulysses S. Grant (Gen.)
Robert E. Lee (Gen.)
William T. Sherman (Gen.) Stonewall Jackson (Gen.)
States’ Rights(Secession)
Method literally makes connections between topics and ideas.
May be difficult to write them in this format during class.
Could be good review to re-write your notes in this format.
A. Lincoln
US Civil War
US Grant
Robt. E. Lee
States' Rights
Jeff. Davis
Ind. v. Ag.
After class…
Review within 24 hours of learning the new material.
Research shows that if you review new information within a
24 hour time frame, you have a better chance of
remembering it in the future!
Consider interacting with the material in different ways
(study group, flash cards, tutoring in Mabee’s ASC, rewriting notes…). The more frequent and various ways you
interact with it, the better chance you have of remembering
Remember the 2:1 rule - (2 study hours for every 1 credit
hour of course work).
Plan weekly reviews of your course material. This will
save you time when exams roll around!
Use the tools and
processes which work
best for you.
There are many
options available, but
don’t discount paper
and pen/pencil.
Follow PAR and you
will be successful.
Tech. Options:
Assignment Calculator
Google Docs
Zoho Notebook
Mind42 (mind map site) (mind map site)
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