ARE YOU READY FOR THE FUTURE?. Top 10 Skills SFU & UBC Librarians and Profs Want 1 st Year Students to Have. Prepared by Chris Ball, UBC Library and Hope Power, SFU Library. How to search for a book, then use the call number to locate it in the stacks.
Prepared by Chris Ball, UBC Library and Hope Power, SFU Library
“It would be a huge help if students came into the university system with at least one of these skills!” – Vancouver Island University
“Comparing your Top 10 list to our list of undergraduate research tips, we are pretty much on the same page!” – University of Victoria
“This is a pretty comprehensive list and frankly, I’d be happy if 2nd+ Year students could do all of this!” – Royal Roads University
“Another point you might make is searching for and within an electronic book” – Vancouver Island University
“One final skill that is not explicit in your list is an understanding of the information cycle -- both for content and time frame … Can you list the Top 11??” – Langara College
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations questionnaire (2009) of faculty and librarians:
Over 55% think that 1st year students are less prepared for university education than students from just 3 years ago
What Today’s College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age:Head-Eisenberg survey (2009) identifies common, course-related research challenges:
Information overload (e.g. the more you know, the less you know; it is depressing)
Too much irrelevant information; cannot locate what is needed from the online results
Trying to find the ‘perfect source’
Trouble finding books needed on library shelves
Can find the citation online, but cannot find the fulltext article in a database
Finding statistical information online, etc.
“The job will always stretch to fill the time available.”
If you establish a schedule where you routinely stay up late at night, it will seem normal to stay up late, and in fact you will stay up late!
Organize your notes: Turn your notes into diagrams, cartoons, concept maps or flow charts – use lots of colour
Information is rapidly forgotten – to counter this you must convert short term memoryinto long term memory
Short term memory has become long term memory
If it has no significance or meaning to you why would your brain retain it?
Find a way to make the information important. Does it fit with your life’s plan?
Students who read for pleasure regularly do better in all subject areas.
As Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.”
Sasse, Arthur. Einstein\'s tongue. 1951. Flickr. Web. 5 Jan. 2009.
"Amazon.com: Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!: Nintendo DS." N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010. <http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B000EGELP0/ref=dp_otherviews_2?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&img=2>.
Researching is like being an information detective; you will have to:
History: History Today, Journal of American History, Journal of Social History
"Academic honesty must be seen as a set of values and skills that promote personal integrity and good practice in teaching, learning and assessment."
Academic Honesty, IBO document
Library Web Page Highlights*Link to Webcat and Databases (Our Digital Library)*Fine Literature List*2009 MLA guidelines*Research Tools*This Powerpoint & Top 10 list!
Point #10: Help is available and it’s OK to ask for guidance. The only “stupid question” is the one that doesn’t get asked!