College Study Skills

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09/12/2010 19:08:14

College Study Skills


Fall 2010
08/23/2010 - 12/12/2010

Course Information

Section 001
MTW 11:00 - 11:55
RVSG 9108
Vonnye Rice Gardner

Office Hours

No office hours have been entered for this term


Required Texts and Materials   

Get Connected, Study Skills, Reading, and Writing

(1st), Cengage, Ann G. Dillon, Austin Community College

Course Subjects

Study Program Concepts & Calendar of Activities Throughout the Semester


Week 1



Time Management – Working on a Good Schedule
Scheduling and setting goals
Creating a to-do list
Prioritizing tasks
Avoiding procrastination



Week 2 -

Learning to learn
Succeeding in continuing education
Visual/spatial learning

Class Presentation – Guest Speaker



Week 3

Review With Current Schedule of Work & School

Staying Organized

Checking Homework

Class Presentation – Guest Speaker



Week 4

Collaborative/cooperative learning
Group projects
Active Listening



Week 5 - - Chapter 3 - Individual Learning Preferences, Pages 37, 41 42, 49 – 50

Conflict resolution
Tutoring guidelines
Using feedback with tutors

Group Study

Week 6

Effective study habits
Assessing study skills
A.S.P.I.R.E. - a study system

Where to study – finding a good place




Week 7

Classroom participation

Preparing for the classroom – Do you have everything -  Is homework completed?
Classroom discussions – Are you participating or looking out the window?
Taking notes in lectures



Week 8

Influencing teachers
Interviewing for class projects

“Getting to know you – getting to know all about you”



Week 9 - Chapter 4 – Thinking Critically – 56 – 57, 61 – 62, 66 - 67

Distance learning: types and preparation
Taking online tests

Blackboard - ACC



Week 10

Thinking critically
Thinking creatively
creative solutions
People we know:  Famous thinkers



Week 11 – Chapter 5 – Taking Textbook and Lecture Notes – 79, 83 - 84

Reading critically
Prereading strategies
SQ3R reading method 
Marking & underlining  Pages 1 – 16 Online
Taking notes from a text book



Week 12

Class Presentation – Guest Speaker

Remembering What we Heard

Reviewing our Notes



Week 13 – Exam-Taking Strategies – 89 – 90, 101 - 102

Researching on the Internet
Evaluating website content
Avoiding plagiarism



Week 14 – Communicating Effectively – 107 – 108, 112, 114, 119 - 120

Organizing research with note cards
Citing websites
Project management

Poster Presentation



Week 15 – Get Connected with Physical and Fiscal Fitness – 125, 128, 135, 151 1-5 only

Preparing for the Final Exam

Reviewing:  Time for Studying – Study Groups

Different Types of Exams



Week 16 – Get Connected with Relationships – Pages 151

Final Exam
Special Note:
Grades cannot be given over the phone, by a family member or friend, or over the Internet.  Grades are given via online or through the U.S. Mail.









Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

DSSK 0320 - College Study Skills (3-3-0) An advanced course in learning strategies. Covers principles of learning strategies. Covers academic tasks such as problem-solving; note-taking; following directions; reading, organizing, and summarizing information for study purposes; interpreting graphs; test taking; and using the library. The same course is offered in a one hour (DSSK 0120) and two hour (DSSK 0220) format.


Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in DEVR 0320 or one of the following scores: Compass Reading Test 81 or above; CPT Reading Test 78 or above; or Asset Reading Test 41 or above. Course Type: D

Goal Setting for Academic Success

Goals which measure academic success might include:

  • an increase in grade-point-average,
  • improvement in note taking effectiveness, and/or
  • increased usage of an effective study system.

. Improvement requires clear behavioral goals, clear outcomes and ways to monitor self-management of goal-oriented behavior.

Goals must be well defined. A goal is well defined when the following three criteria are met.

  1. A goal can be stated as an outcome.
  2. The outcome can be specified as actions.
  3. The outcome can be numerically measured.

A learner needs to master defining goals using all three approaches. The magnitude of improvement in academic and/or personal behavioral goals is influenced by the clarity of goal statements. Use the following exercise to stimulate thought about your academic and/or personal behavioral goal(s).

Effective Goal Setting for College Study Skills

In Which Areas Should I Set Goals?
Doing well in college requires goals to be set in multiple areas. Visualizing a circle that can be partitioned into segments is
 one way to subdivide your daily and weekly activities. You may configure or develop goals for segments which represent 
priorities of your daily and weekly life. 
Goals should be set which satisfy the following areas:
1)             Goals which improve my problem identification and
               problem solving skills.
2)            Goals which help me allocate time to important
3)            Goals which help me understand the institutional
               structure and rules of the University or College;
4)            Goals which help me communicate and listen 
               effectively in class, academic and social 
5)            Goals which help me understand my college textbook material
6)            Goals which improve my test preparation and test 
               taking skills;
7)            Goals which help me control and/or reduce stress 
               due to a college or university life and academic rigor; 
8)            Goals which help me improve self-motivation and 
               determination; and,  
9)            Goals which help me improve my long term memory 

Developing Self Determination and Motivation

     A.       Evaluation of my reasons for attending college.
               * Are my reasons personally realistic?
               * Are my reasons personally meaningful?
     B.        Evaluation of my occupational aptitude and interest.
               * What occupational goals are most suitable for me?
               * What educational program is most appropriate for me?
     C.        The relationship between my courses and my occupational plans.
          * What knowledge and skills are required for my chosen vocation?
               * How will these courses help me acquire the necessary training?
     D.       Meeting people who share my educational and occupational interest.
               * Are there professional organizations that I should join?
               * Are there local group meetings that I can attend?
     E.        Seeking work experiences related to my chosen occupation.
               * Are opportunities for related volunteer work available?
               * Are appropriate part-time or summer jobs available?
     F.        Setting short-term educational goals for myself.
               * What grade do I wish to make in each course?
               * What must be done to earn the grade I desire?
     G.       Keeping a visual record of my progress in each course.
               * Am I making satisfactory grades on assignments and tests?
               * Which courses require additional effort to achieve my goal?
     H.       Develop more efficient study skills.
               * What are my how-to-study strengths and weaknesses?
               * Where can I get help in improving my study skills?

Course Rationale


After completing this course, students will:

            Value study skills as academic tools in preparation of college work

            Apply appropriate study strategies to academic tasks;

            Respect independent thinking, diversity, and the individual’s right to hold differing opinions and values;

            Exercise their study skills to enhance their quality of life and to support their life-long learning.


After completing this course, students will:

            Understand and be able to use a variety of strategies when encountering academic tasks;

            Monitor the effectiveness of study strategies and adjust them as needed;

            Transfer and apply appropriate study skills to improve performance in academic courses.

            Work with college level material and be able to do research and manage multiple courses types


After completing this course, students will be able to:

            Determine the appropriate study strategies and test taking strategies for a variety of academic


            Use study strategies to determine the meanings of words and improve vocabulary on the college level

            Understand and apply learning styles, goal setting, and time management principles.

Distinguish among and determine the appropriate use of outlining, mapping, summarizing, and all Notes

Taking styles and skills

            Find and use appropriate library resources and Internet resources to supplement and implement

 Academic assignments.

            Apply study skills to understanding, tackling and completing a variety of academic tasks.