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Success Boot Camp: Tools and Tips for Navigating Academic Pressures. Timothy P. Scott, Ph.D. Associate Dean College of Science. The “secret” to success is…. Commitment Investment of Time Hard Work Balance Utilization of Resources Sacrifice Assertive. Goals after Graduation.

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Success boot camp tools and tips for navigating academic pressures

Success Boot Camp: Tools and Tips for Navigating Academic Pressures

Timothy P. Scott, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

College of Science


The secret to success is

The “secret” to success is…

  • Commitment

  • Investment of Time

  • Hard Work

  • Balance

  • Utilization of Resources

  • Sacrifice

  • Assertive


Goals after graduation

Goals after Graduation

  • Dental School, Medical School, Veterinary School, Allied Health, etc.

    • 3.5/3.6 & competitive MCAT, DAT, etc.

  • Graduate School

    • 3.0 (emphasis on last 60 hours & competitive GRE

  • Teaching

    • 2.5 & pass TExES exam


Grade goals

Grade Goals

  • Multiply # hours registered for by hoped for GPA

  • Examples:

    • 15 hours x 4.0 = 60 hours*/week (45 hrs. min.)

    • 15 hours x 3.5 = 52.5 hours*/week (37.5 hrs.)

    • 15 hours x 3.0 = 45 hours*/week (30 hrs.)


Grade goals continued

Grade Goals Continued

  • BIOL 101(3 hrs) x 4.0 = 12 hours per week

  • BIOL 101 Lab (1 hr.) x 4.0 = 4 hours per week

  • CHEM 101 (3 hrs) x 3.0 = 9 hours per week

  • CHEM 101 L (1 hr.) x 4.0 = 4 hours per week

  • HIST 101 (3 hrs.) x 4.0 = 12 hours per week

  • MATH 101 (4 hours) x 3.0 = 12 hours per week

    ***attending SI’s and tutoring counts towards study hours


Typical study schedule for science course

Typical Study Schedule for Science Course

  • Monday – read textbook in preparation for tomorrow’s lecture

  • Tuesday – attend lecture and take excellent notes (use tape recorder, study buddy, etc. if necessary); review notes and fill in holes before the end of the day

  • Wednesday – read textbook in preparation for tomorrow’s lecture; review Tuesday’s notes

  • Thursday – attend lecture/take excellent notes and review notes and fill in holes before end of day; review Tuesday’s notes

  • Friday – review notes

  • Saturday – review notes; write lab report, read for next lab*


Time management study schedule

Time Management/Study Schedule

  • Identify all time available for study

  • Take advantage of breaks between classes, travel time, etc. to studyKeep a planner and note all assignments, tests, quizzes, assignments

  • Post games, travel and other fixed commitments


Time management study schedule1

Time Management/Study Schedule

  • Write down times you commit to study 6 days per week

  • Choose times where you are mentally sharp

  • Remove distractions (cell phone, texting, facebook, certain friends, etc.)

  • Cannot afford to travel every weekend


Deep study

Deep Study

  • Set aside one hour block of undisturbed time

  • First 5 minutes are to get organized and decide what you want to accomplish

  • Next 50 minutes are to study intently

  • Last 5 minutes are for break for food, bathroom, etc.

  • If setting aside several hours, study different subjects (science, math, history)


Forgetfulness

Forgetfulness

  • 50% of what is heard in lecture is forgotten in 24 hours without review

  • 80% of what is heard in lecture is forgotten in two weeks

  • 95% of what is heard in lecture is forgotten in four weeks

    Question: In General, how many weeks of lecture are there for an exam?


Class attendance notes

Class Attendance & Notes

  • The number one factor in student success is attendance

  • Sit in “T” zone – front row(s) and/or center of class. Avoid back rows. Make eye contact with professor, ask questions, see them after class (put up phone, laptop, ipod)

  • The number two factor in student success is good lecture notes


Lecture notes

Lecture Notes

  • Active listening – completely focused; well rested

  • Thorough notes – Outline, Cornell, Block

  • Allow space to fill in holes and make something noticeable where you missed details so that you know you need to get information to make notes complete

  • Rewrite or retype notes, say them out loud

  • Review them often


Forms of help

Forms of Help

  • Professor

  • SI’s

  • Tutors – on campus and private

  • Graduate Assistants

  • Study Groups


Textbooks

Textbooks

  • Read no more than 10 pages at a time

  • If you highlight, be sure that you are highlighting a fraction of the information; if you highlight everything, what is the use

  • Highlight from left to right, just as you read, and use pastel highlighters (underlining also works well)

  • Monitor comprehension (end of chapter questions)


5 day study plan for exams

5 Day Study Plan for Exams

  • Budget at least 2 hours per day for 5 days prior to exam

  • Start with oldest material first

  • Review previous days work each day

  • Save last day for review and to address areas you continue to struggle with

  • Active Study Strategies (ICOW – identify, condense, organize, write it out)


Example of 5 day study plan

Example of 5 Day Study Plan

  • Tuesday Ch. 1 2 hours

  • Wednesday Ch. 22 hours

    Ch. 130 min.

  • Thursday Ch. 31.5 hours

    Ch. 230 min.

    Ch. 1 15 min.

  • Friday Ch 41 hour

    Ch. 330 min.

    Ch. 215 min.

    Ch. 110 min.

  • Sunday Ch. 430 min.

    Ch. 320 min.

    Ch. 210 min

    Ch. 110 min.

    Self-test1 hour


Exams

Exams

  • To reduce or eliminate test anxiety, BE PREPARED

  • Carefully read and follow directions and all items on exam (“except”, “incorrect”, “best”)

  • Pace yourself

  • Skip questions you cannot easily answer, but make large mark to draw attention back to this question

  • Use questions for clues

  • Recheck your answers


Diagnostic after testing

Diagnostic After Testing

  • Use notes when looking at items missed on exam

  • If you could answer question with your notes, it indicates a study or preparation problem

  • If you cannot answer the question with your notes, it indicates a problem in the lecture class or keeping up with assigned readings


Preparing for final exams

Preparing for Final Exams

  • Calendar all commitments 2-3 weeks in advance of final exams

  • Know that you need a minimum of at least 5 days (5 day study plan) for each final exam

  • Push hard last 1-2 weeks of semester

  • Evaluate needed grades and where to invest efforts

  • Attend all classes for possible reviews/hints


Case study 1

Case Study #1

  • Class A 82, 84, 83

  • Class B81, 76, 79

  • Class C74, 85, 77

  • Class D14, 40, 56

    Assume standard 10 point scale and final exam worth ¼ of grade. Rate classes in terms of those needing most attention to those needing least.


Case study 2

Case Study #2

  • If the final exam will contain 25 new questions on chapters not covered on a previous exam (chapters10-12) and 75 questions evenly distributed over chapters 1-9, what would the 5 day study plan look like for this final?


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