Professional Studies 112 is both a self-reflective and a strategic course that allows students to assess their own strengths and weaknesses in areas of motivation, learning preferences, and resource management, as well as to develop strategies for utilizing areas of strength to develop areas of weakness. The course targets fundamental areas of student learning which, unexplored and undeveloped, tend to cause the greatest levels of academic difficulty. Topics covered include Motivation, Time Management, Multiple Intelligences, Stress Management, Concentration, Memory Techniques, Task Analysis, and Grade Tracking. This course will be offered for the first and second five-week mini-sessions of each semester. 1 s.h.
Study Skills: Textbook Reading
Through reflection upon the premises of college learning, and through guided practice of established methods, students will learn to identify organizational patterns and emphasis cues in college texts and will learn to use paragraph reading tools effectively. Students will also develop a systematic, well-organized approach to effective note-taking. Topics covered will include identifying Main Ideas, Major/Minor Details, Patterns of Organization, SQ3R, Cornell Note-Taking, and Schematic Mapping. This course will be offered for the first and second five-week mini-sessions of each semester. 1 s.h.
Study Skills: Test Taking Strategies
Even students who work very hard to prepare for an exam often leave the test feeling that they have studied the wrong things or that their performance has not truly reflected the level at which they have learned. PROF 114 is designed to address various areas of student test taking skills. Topics covered will include Task Analysis, Memory Strategies, Organization, Effective Reviewing, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Mock Tests, Test Analysis, Essay Test Terminology, and “How to Cram Effectively.” This mini-session will be offered for the third five-week mini-session of each semester. 1 s.h.