Engineering Summary 3

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4. Making the Most Out of How You are Taught

 

 

Chapter Overview

• Early course preparation • Preparing for lectures • During your lectures • Making effective use of your professors • Utilizing tutors and other academic resources

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Early Course Preparation

• Start of a course can be likened to the start of a race.

• Using the course syllabus.

• Acquiring textbooks and other materials.

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Preparing for Lectures

• Review notes, read text, attempt problems, formulate questions.

• Little like “warming up” for a physical workout.

•Makes lectures a reinforcement rather than an initial exposure.

• Small effort can have a big payoff.

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During Your Lectures

• Sit near the front • “Be here now” (concentrate) • Practice good listening skills • Take good notes • Ask questions in class

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Sit Near the Front

Interesting paper about student success and where they sin in the classroom:

http://org.elon.edu/ipe/durr.pdf Carol Jo Durr, Southwest Missouri State University

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Characteristics of a Good Listener

• Works at finding value in all topics. Listens to discover new knowledge.

• Judges value of the content rather than the delivery.

• Listens for central themes. Uses them as anchor points for the entire lecture.

• Works hard at listening; remains alert. • Focuses on understanding completely rather

than coming up with opposing views.

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• Fights distractions; ignores bad habits of other students; knows how to concentrate.

• Welcomes difficult material as exercise for the mind.

• Does not get hung up on emotionally charged words or ideas; listens with an open mind.

• Uses extra time to think more deeply about what the lecturer is saying; summarizes what has been covered.

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Characteristics of a Good Listener

 

 

Note-Taking

• Good notes give you a record of what’s important.

• Spiral notebook vs. three-ring binder.

• Cornell Note-Taking System.

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Cornell Note Taking Method

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Asking Questions in Class

• Memory level questions.

• Convergent thinking questions.

• Divergent thinking questions.

• Evaluation thinking questions.

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Making Effective Use of Your Professors

• Important roles your professors can play.

• Characteristics of your professors you can count on.

• Behaviors to avoid.

• Winning behaviors.

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Important Roles for Your Professors

• One-on-one instruction. • Academic advising, career guidance, personal

advice. • Monitor your progress; hold you accountable. • Give you the benefit of the doubt on borderline

grades. • Help you find a summer job. • Hire you on their research grant. • Serve as a reference. • Nominate you for scholarships or academic

awards.

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Characteristics of Your Professors

• Believe their areas of technical specialty are important and interesting.

• Chose an academic career over professional practice; believe they are outstanding teachers.

• Are very knowledgeable, and love to convey what they know to others.

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Understanding What Your Professors Do

• Teaching • Research • Service

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Unofficial Professor Rating System • The Boat The Boat helps you “pass to the other side”. Although it is easy,

it will hurt you with future classes.

• Drill Sergeant Kicks you out no matter what. Usually too strict it makes it

literally impossible to learn.

• Story/Joke Teller Spends most of the time in class talking about anecdotes or

telling jokes. However, none of these are on the midterm exam.

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Utilizing Campus Academic Resources • Academic resource center (tutoring, writing skills,

study skills). • Library (books, periodicals, on-line materials,

reference librarians). • Student computer labs (hardware, applications

software, Internet access, resource materials, training).

• Academic advising (monitor progress; course selection).

• University catalog (Rules and regulations, college and department information, curricular requirements, course descriptions).

• Registrar’s office (transcripts, registration information).

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After this Class: • Read Chapter 5. • Begin working on Team Project 2.

Next Class: • Homework Assignment 4 is due. • Study for Quiz 5.

 

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