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Success Strategies. Nursing 101 Fall 2013. Identify your Learning Style. Study Strategies. Visual Learners Recopy your notes Use outlines, pictures, diagrams to review notes Use highlighters to color-code key concepts, terms Make a visual image of what you are learning - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Success StrategiesNursing 101Fall 2013

1Identify your Learning Style

2Study StrategiesVisual Learners

Recopy your notesUse outlines, pictures, diagrams to review notesUse highlighters to color-code key concepts, termsMake a visual image of what you are learningMake lists of important concepts, termsUse flashcards to remember important details, facts

Auditory Learners

Speak your answers aloudTalk with others about topic of studyRead your notes aloudParticipate in group discussionsTape record your notes after writing themMake up rhymes, raps to recall information

Kinesthetic Learners

Put plenty of examples in your notesMake and use flashcardsRole play the informationMove around while studyingWrite out your notesTake frequent breaks and study in different locations

3VARK Learning Inventory 4Time managementSet priorities

Choose major goals, and make them first priority

Coursework should be your first priority

5Choose a good study spaceAt home, pick a desk or table near natural lightStudy with quiet or white noise, not music or T.V.Turn off or silence your phoneSome people like the same space always, some not; see what works for youLibraries, coffee shops, bookstores; try different places

6Study time Include study timeOne hour in class = three hours of study out of classA tough class may require more study time, or different study methodsYou can budget study time in amounts, rather than specific times

Plan how much time per day must be spent studyingStudying right after class is very effective; Plan on itStudy during daylight hours, in the library, on campus, at home

7The Semester Schedule

While referring to each syllabus from your classes, mark all major due dates, quizzes, exams, holidays, special events, and other deadlines on a calendar that shows the whole semester at a glance. It is one of the best ways to keep mindful of the BIG PICTURE. You will start to notice certain weeks that will be very busy-- and those weeks that are not as crazy. This overview is extremely important as you to plan your study time.

The semester schedule is an excellent tool. Most students find it helpful to complete one each semester. This overview of your entire semester is essential to good planning. Tests and other due dates will not sneak up on you when this is hanging on the front of your refrigerator, tacked over your desk, or taped to your front door for easy and frequent reference.

Weekly Schedule

Weekly Grid: Block out obligations highlight in pink Block out maintenance highlight yellow Block out free time highlight green

Schedule categoriesObligatory - Classes and Labs: These start and end at specific times. Work, regular appointments, commuting Maintenance - Study Time These events are for maintaining lifestyle. Housekeeping, religious meetings, fitnessFree Time: Everyone needs this. Your brain needs to rest. Family, friends, rest and relaxation, favorite activities, SLEEP time

10High PriorityTheory, Labs, & Clinicals Be on timeCome preparedGet yourself focusedBe active in theory and labsSit up front

11MetacognitionThe ability to:

think about thinkingbe consciously aware of yourself as a problem solvermonitor and control your mental processingbe aware of the type of learning that you are doing

Its all about the strategies, and getting them to engage their brains!

Other ways that readers monitor comprehension during reading are to:make connectionsmake predictionsmake inferencesuse context cluesuse text featuresidentify text structuresuse graphic organizers to pinpoint particular types of text informationwrite comments or questions on self-stick notes or in the marginsReaders become confused during reading for a variety of reasons (Tovani 2000):The voice inside the readers head is not talking to him any longer about the text. It may simply be reciting the text.The readers mind begins to wander; he is no longer reminding himself to pay attention.The reader cant remember what has been read.The reader cant answer his own questions.The reader re-encounters a character but does not remember how or when the character was introduced in the story.

12Knowledge About CognitionDeclarative KnowledgeProcedural KnowledgeConditional Knowledge

Regulation of CognitionPlanningInformation Management StrategiesComprehension StrategiesDebugging StrategiesEvaluation

Metacognitive Awareness Inventory13

Monitoring MetacognitionWhat is the purpose of learning these concepts and skills?

What do I know about this topic?

What strategies do I know that will help me learn this?

Am I understanding these concepts?

What are the criteria for improving my work?

Have I accomplished the goals I set for myself?

Its all about the strategies, and getting them to engage their brains!

Other ways that readers monitor comprehension during reading are to:make connectionsmake predictionsmake inferencesuse context cluesuse text featuresidentify text structuresuse graphic organizers to pinpoint particular types of text informationwrite comments or questions on self-stick notes or in the marginsReaders become confused during reading for a variety of reasons (Tovani 2000):The voice inside the readers head is not talking to him any longer about the text. It may simply be reciting the text.The readers mind begins to wander; he is no longer reminding himself to pay attention.The reader cant remember what has been read.The reader cant answer his own questions.The reader re-encounters a character but does not remember how or when the character was introduced in the story.

14Do think aloud exercises

Always test your understanding by verbalizing or writing about concepts; practice retrieval of information

Constantly ask yourself why and what if questions

Move your activities higher on the Blooms taxonomy scale

Use Metacognition to Study Smarter15EvaluationSynthesisAnalysisApplicationComprehensionKnowledgeMaking decisions and supporting views; requires understanding of values.Combining information to form a unique product; requires creativity and originality.Using information to solve problems; transferring abstract or theoretical ideas to practical situations. Identifying connections and relationships and how they apply.Restating in your own words; paraphrasing, summarizing, translating.Memorizing verbatim information. Being able to remember, but not necessarily fully understanding the material.Blooms TaxonomyHarford Community College * Tutoring Center F103 Fallston Hall 443-412429 www.harford.edu/tutoringIdentifying components; determining arrangement, logic, and semantics.Graduate SchoolUndergraduateHigh SchoolThis pyramid depicts the different levels of thinking we use when learning. Notice how each level builds on the foundation that precedes it. It is required that we learn the lower levels before we can effectively use the skills above.Use Goldilocks & Three Bears16How do you move yourself higher on Blooms Taxonomy?

Use the Study Cycle with Intense Study Sessions!

174ReflectThe Study Cycle 1Set a Goal(1-2 min)Decide what you want to accomplish in your study session 2Study with Focus(30-50 min)Interact with material- organize, concept map, summarize, process, re-read, fill-in notes, reflect, etc. 3Reward Yourself(10-15 min) Take a break call a friend, play a short game, get a snack4Review(5 min)Go over what you just studied*Intense Study Sessions AttendReviewStudyAttend class GO TO CLASS! Answer and ask questions and take meaningful notes. Preview before class Skim the chapter, note headings and boldface words, review summaries and chapter objectives, and come up with questions youd like the lecture to answer for you. Review after class As soon after class as possible, read notes, fill in gaps and note any questions.Assess your Learning Periodically perform reality checksAm I using study methods that are effective?Do I understand the material enough to teach it to others?PreviewAssessStudy Repetition is the key. Ask questions such as why, how, and what if.Intense Study Sessions* - 3-5 short study sessions per dayWeekend Review Read notes and material from the week to make connectionsConcept maps facilitate development of higher order thinking skills

19So, What Can You Do, Starting Now, to Ensure Your Success this Semester?

What behavior will you commit to changing?Spend more time studying: (at least 2 hours/week for every hour in class)Aim for higher learning levels and 100% understandingUse office hours and study groups productivelyUse the Study Cycle with Intense Study SessionsUse Metacognition to Study Smarter!!!

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