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Strategies for College Success Training Slide Show. Mark J. Sandidge FIPSE Coordinator. Agenda. v      Course Syllabus v      Course Calendar v      Module Assignments v      Surveys v      Spotquizzes v      Discussions v      Grade book v      Portfolios

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strategies for college success training slide show

Strategies for College SuccessTraining Slide Show

Mark J. Sandidge

FIPSE Coordinator

  • v     Course Syllabus
  • v     Course Calendar
  • v     Module Assignments
  • v     Surveys
  • v     Spotquizzes
  • v     Discussions
  • v     Grade book
  • v     Portfolios
  • v     The 3 Different Types of Questions
  • v     A Hope In The Unseen
  • v     Resource Sharing
course syllabus1
Course Syllabus
  • Text: The primary textbook for the course is Learning and Motivation Strategies: Your Guide to Successby Tuckman, Abry, and Smith, 2002.
    •   This book is required.
    • Student Study Skills handbook is not required but is attached for extra help.
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Course Syllabus
  • Supplementary Text:  EPL uses A Hope in the Unseen by Suskind, 1998, as a supplementary text. 
    • This book is required.
a hope in the unseen

A Hope in the Unseen

Strategies for College Success

what s it all about
What’s it all about?
  • This is the story of Cedric Jennings, a young man attending an inner-city high school in Washington, D.C. who ultimately enrolls at Brown University
why teach this book
Why teach this book?
  • The book is utilized as a vehicle to advance the four strategies that are taught in the class: Take Reasonable Risk, Take Responsibility for your Outcomes, Search the Environment and Use Feedback
how is it used
How is it used?
  • Students will complete four “papers” and four “discussions” based upon the book.
how is it used1
How is it used?
  • Students are responsible for keeping up with the reading as directed in the course calendar – this will be necessary if they are to complete the required assignments in Blackboard
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Course Syllabus

This course is designed to teach students what are often referred to as "study skills," those strategies or approaches that enable one to better learn, understand and retain what is being taught, and the ways to manage one’s time and life, in the new environment of college.

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Course Syllabus
  • The strategies and approaches covered utilize the following basic skills: 
  • Taking Reasonable Risk 
  • Taking Responsibility 
  • Searching the Environment
  • Using Feedback 
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Course Syllabus
  • Learning and Motivation Strategies (LMS) Activities:These include the following types of activities:
  • Quickpractices 
  • Self-surveys 
  • Self Assessments 
  • Assignments
  • Applications
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Course Syllabus
  • Course Evaluation:
    • There is a course evaluation to be completed in the last module of the course, worth 10 points.  The course evaluation is required.
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Course Syllabus
  • Attendance:
    • Attendance is essential to success in EPL 259. 
    • During class time students not only work on their performances, but also benefit from mini-lectures on key concepts, group discussions with other students on central topics, and one-on-one assistance in personal areas of difficulty.
    • You need to determine how you will divide up the points for each class including deductions for tardiness if necessary.
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Student Evaluation: 

Grades will be determined using the following weights: (Total Class Points = 859):

Portfolios = 180 points

Hope Papers = 120 points

Assignments = 141 points

Quickpractices, Applications, Self-Surveys & Self-Assessments = 99 points

Spotquizzes = 135 points

Participation in Discussions = 24 points

Attendance = 60 points

Final Exam = 100 points

Course Syllabus
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Minimum Points for Final Grade

































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Course Syllabus
  • Grade Scale:
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Course Syllabus
  • Netiquette (Network Etiquette) Policy for Strategies for College Success:
    • 1. What is inappropriate in the real world is inappropriate in the cyber world.
    • 2. Anonymity does not mean anarchy or lack of responsibility. 
    • 3. Don't steal!
    • 4. Don't hack!
    • 5. Don't flame!
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Course Syllabus

Let’s do it!!!

Take a break here and

explore around the “Syllabus” on your institutions course platform.

course calendar

Class 3



(During class…)

Module 2 Activities in CS

Portfolio 2


Reading inLMS: Module 2, pp. 17-29

Portfolio 1

Reading inHope: Chapter 3, pp. 44 - 76

LMSDiscussion 1

(Get started on…)

Read Module 3 in LMS: pp. 31-50

Module 3 Activities in CS

Reading inHope: Chapter 4, pp. 77-100

Hopepaper 1

Course Calendar
  • This is an example.
    • 3 Parts
    • (During class)…
    • Due:
    • (Get started on…)
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Course Calendar

Let’s do it!!!

Take a break here and

explore around the “Calendar” on your institutions course platform Calendar.

module assignments 6 types of questions
Module Assignments6 Types of Questions
  • 1. “Multiple Choice” Questions.
  • 2. “Short Answer" questions.
  • 3. “Essay” Question.
  • 4. “Single Submission" activity
  • 5. “Model Answers“
  • 6.”Cut & Paste”

Module ActivitiesLet’s do it!!!Take a break here and explore around the “Modules” on your institutions course platform.

  • Students get points for completing these; not for the answers.
  • This is a great tracking system so that they may monitor their personal development.
  • You do not grade these.
  • These are part of the modules.
  • These are not closed book.
  • Located at the end of every module.
  • You grade ½ and the computer grades the other.
  • Heavily weighted compared to other module activities.
  • One time submissions!!


Participation in the six on-line discussions is required. 

The purpose is to allow you to develop your own ideas and to be able to articulate and defend these.

Students must post 2 original messages addressing the questions posed for each discussion.

Students must also post 2 replies to messages posted by other students. 

These four postings (total) must each be at least one complete paragraph. 

These four postings (total) must be made by the class period indicated on the Calendar.

Students may make as many other postings as they wish to participate in the discussions.



Let’s do it!

Take a break here and

explore around the “Discussion” section on your institutions course platform

grade book
Grade book
  • Assignment
  • Submitted Dates by Students
  • Pts Earned
  • Max Pts Earned
  • The points for the Spotquizzes will appear graded.
    • Remember, you have to assign your points to them as well.
the grade book

The Grade book

Let’s do it!!!

Take a break here and explore around the “Grade book” on your institutions course platform

  • These are a series of short essay questions.
  • There are two kinds of Papers:
    • LMS-Based Papers
    • Hope In The Unseen Papers

The QuestionsThere are 3 different types of questions taught in the Strategies for College Success Course.

Reflection Questions

Recap Questions


Reasoning Questions

the questions

The Questions!


Reflection Question

reflection questions
Reflection Questions
  • These questions “reflect” the main points (NOT the details) in the notes.
rules for reflection questions
Rules for Reflection Questions
  • Make sure they write QUESTIONS.
    • They end with a “?”.
  • Write their questions as complete sentences.
    • This helps to develop their thinking skills, so that their thinking takes the form of complete sentences.
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Rules for Reflection Questions
  • Create 3-6 questions per page of notes
    • These questions are to cover a large body of information!
    • This should allow you to deal with all the major ideas in the notes, and not the unimportant details.
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Rules for Reflection Questions
  • Make sure that the questions “reflect” the information in the notes.
    • If they do not, likely they are different kinds of questions (to which I will discuss later).
different types of questions
Different Types of Questions
  • Reflection Questions (Studied before the break)
  • Recap Questions
  • Reasoning Questions
recap questions
Recap Questions
  • “Recap” an entire page (or topic) of your notes.
  • The number of Recap Questions necessary depends on the information.
    • Most times an entire lecture.
    • Sometimes you need several because you are covering very diverse topics within the same lecture.
reasoning questions
Reasoning Questions
  • These go beyond the facts and call for judgments about the information.
  • Never answered in the notes.
  • Uses?
    • Applying information to real-world examples.
    • Remaining engaged in the material.
    • How does this apply to me?
if you still need help with the 3 types of questions contact me
If you still need help with the 3 types of questions…. Contact me!

Mark J. Sandidge


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A Hope in the Unseen
  • Students really like this book!
  • Illustrates the 4 principals of the course.
  • Cedric is real, and welcomes feedback concerning the book.


Review materials, Supplemental materials, PowerPoint presentations for each class, final review sheets, and other helpful supporting documents are all available for you to use on the FIPSE website!

you are now a part of the strategies for college success course teaching team

You are now a Part of the Strategies for College Success Course Teaching Team!

Look for ongoing e-mails from me concerning the course.

“Please, feel free to call or e-mail me for assistance.”

thank you

Mark J. Sandidge

Coordinator, FIPSE Grant

The Ohio State University

250F Walter E. Dennis Learning Center

1640 Neil Avenue

Columbus, OH 43201-2333

Phone: 614-688-3913

Fax: 614-688-3912

Department Email:

Personal Email: for Mark Sandidge




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