At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Construct and analyze personal time management related to school, work, and personal life.
2. Identify academic and personal barriers and develop education and career goals.
3. Examine personal and educational values and how those relate to college majors and careers.
4. Compare and contrast various learning styles and apply them to life-long learning.
5. Apply learning strategies to enhance academic performance, including: critical thinking, note
taking styles, active reading techniques, listening and concentration practices, memory
tactics, study and test taking strategies, library resources.
6. Describe methods to deal with test anxiety.
7. Demonstrate effective communication skills in diverse environments.
8. Assess health and wellness concepts that impact academic/life success.
9. Analyze personal money management skills.
10. Identify college resources and services to aid in success.
11. Understand instructor and student roles and responsibilities.
I. Personal Values, Goals and Self-Efficacy
A. Personal identity, values and cultural diversity
B. Emotional intelligence
D. Taking responsibility for educational goals
E. Life transitions
II. Academic Study Strategies
A. Memory and concentration
1. Principles of learning and forgetting
2. Short and long term memory
3. Recognition and recall techniques
4. Concentration techniques and self-discipline
5. Mnemonic devices
6. Active listening
7. Lecture note taking techniques
8. Signal words and summarizing techniques
9. Class participation techniques
B. Textbook Study Systems
1. Survey of textbooks and chapters
2. SQ3R and other textbook study techniques
3. Textbook reading techniques: topic sentences, main ideas, summarizing
4. Textbook note taking techniques: lists, cards, mapping, outlining, summarizing
5. Textbook marking systems
C. Subject-specific study techniques
3. General courses
D. Test Taking
1. Test preparation and test taking techniques
2. Test anxiety
3. Objective exams
4. Essay exams
5. Utilizing study groups
E. Utilizing the library
1. Research materials and techniques
2. Online databases for library research
3. Library orientation
5. Plagiarism and college policies
F. College based resources (including but not limited to)
1. Financial Aid
2. Tutorial Center
3. Math Lab and Writing Center
4. Student Health
6. Transfer Center
9. Learning Communities
10. Student Life
11. Disability Resources Department
III. Learning Styles
A. Active and passive learning
B. Left and right brain learning
C. Visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile learning
D. Idea generation, intuition, imagination, puzzles, patterns, curiosity
IV. Critical Analysis and Problem Solving
A. Analytical, cognitive and vertical thinking styles
B. Problem solving and decision making strategies
C. Data, information, bias, facts, opinion
D. Assumptions, evidence, arguments, judgments, evaluation, explanation
E. Logical fallacies
V. Communication Skills
A. Instructor-Student Interactions
1. Faculty obligation to student and student responsibilities
2. Assertive and passive classroom behaviors
3. Communicating in the classroom and electronically
4. Academic Freedom
B. Building Relationships with Other Students
1. In-person and online class environments
2. Study groups
3. Respecting differences
VI. Life Management
A. Life and time management
B. Setting short and long term goals and priorities
C. Decision making
D. Learning and motivation theory
E. Organizational techniques
F. Effective self-management strategies
G. Self-esteem and self-awareness
H. Taking responsibility and overcoming fear
I. Money management
VII. Health and Wellness
A. Physiological effects of stress
B. Managing stress
C. Relaxation techniques
D. Impact of diet, sleep, and nutrition on learning
E. Physiological effects of drug and alcohol usage
Students please note: do not buy textbooks before checking with the SRJC bookstore. These titles are representative only and may not be the same ones used in your class.
Your College Experience: Strategies for Success, 13th ed. Gardner, John, Barefoot, Betsy. Macmillan Learning: 2018.
On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life, 8th ed. Downing, Skip. Cengage Publishing: 2017.