COURSE TITLE: Educational Strategies for Learning and Life
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will focus on the awareness of self as a learner grounded in theories of learning. This course balances learning theory with the practice of developing study and self-management skills primarily for student success in higher education. Students will study strategies for academic success and explore learning styles and techniques to become an effective student. Topics for the course include strategies for goal setting, time management, memorization, reading, note taking, active listening, communicating, and healthy living.
  • Covey, Stephen. 1990. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. New York: Free Press.
  • Downing, Skip. 2014. On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life, 7th Edition. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2014.
  • Ellis, Dave & Toft, Doug & Dawson, Debra. 2016. Becoming a Master Student, 6th edition. Toronto: Nelson Education Ltd, 2016.
  • Gardner, Howard. 2006. Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. New York: Basic Books.
Unit Quizzes 25%
(Name) as (Unit Title) Reflections 20%
Study Skills Tune Ups 20%
Success Journal 10%
Final 25%
COURSE OUTLINE: UNIT 1: Weeks 1 & 2: The Proactive Student
  • Covey – Intrapersonal Habit #1: Be Proactive (1)
  • Downing – Getting On Course (1) / Accepting Personal Responsibility (2)
  • Ellis et. al – First Steps (1)
    • The Big Picture / Getting Started / First Steps – ideas: transitioning to Post-Secondary; taking a look at the semester as a whole and learning how to map out your course work for the entire semester. Planning your semester. Meeting your professors and talking to them, taking initiative. Learning about school resources. Map out your whole semester – survey all your assignments, essays and exams and identify the places in your semester where several assignments are due or tests are scheduled within a short time. Styles and discovering how you learn , and employing strategies based on how you learn (page 224-229, On Course)
      • Choices of Successful students vs struggling students (page 9, On Course)
      • Consider: what is success? What does success mean to you? (i.e. good grades or focus on learning instead of getting good grades; discover my personal values; etc)
      • Wise Choices in college – page 34, 35 in “On Course” – tips for success
      • Learning creator language verses victim language (page 42-54 in On Course) – taking personal responsibility; mastering your inner critic, responsibility and choice. Changing your inner conversation
  • Practice: Memory (Ellis et. al Chapter 3)
UNIT 2: Weeks 3 - 5: The Missionally Organized Student
  • Covey – Intrapersonal Habit #2: Begin With The End In Mind (2) /
  • Intrapersonal Habit #3: Put First Thigs First (3)
  • Downing – Discovering Self Motivation (3) / Mastering Self Management (4)
  • Ellis et. al – Time (2)
    • Time Management
      • What this means
      • Setting and achieving goals
      • Strategies for success
      • Strategies for planning
      • Stopping procrastination, discovering self motivation (page 77-79, On Course)
      • Ways to get the most out of NOW/staying focused (page 128, On Course)
      • Setting limits on screen time
      • Useful apps and technology
  • Practice: Reading (Ellis et. al Chapter 4)
UNIT 3: Weeks 6 - 8: The Interdependent Student
  • Covey – Habits 4, 5 & 6 – Think Win / Win, Seek First to Understand, Synergize
  • Downing – Employing Interdependence (5); Developing Emotional Intelligence (8)
  • Ellis et. al – Communicating (8) and Diversity (9)
    • Communication – communication can be defined as the process of creating shared meaning (page 261, master student)
      • What is communication and why is it so important
      • Choosing to listen; verbal and non verbal listening/Active Listening (pages 158-160 in On Course)
      • Choosing to speak; replacing “you” messages with “I” messages
      • Developing emotional intelligence; understanding emotional intelligence (pages 255 – 259, On Course).
      • Managing conflict
      • 5 ways to say no
      • effective complaining
      • collaborate for success
  • Practice: Notes (Ellis et. al Chapter 5)
UNIT 4: Weeks 9-11: The Disciplined & Healthy Student
  • Covey – Habit 7– Sharpen The Saw
  • Downing – Gaining Self-Awareness (6) / Staying On Course to Your Success (9)
  • Ellis et. al – Health (11)
  • Practice: Tests (Ellis et. al Chapter 5) and Thinking (Ellis et. al Chapter 7)
Weeks 12-13: The Lifelong Student
  • Downing –Adopting Lifelong Learning (7)
  • Ellis et. al – What’s Next? (12)
    • Career Planning & Goal Achieving (chapter 12 of becoming a master student)
      • Create your career/career plans
      • Employability skills
      • Resume building
      • Job interviewing
      • Furthering your education
      • Contributing to society
UNIT 5: Weeks 14& 15: Multiple Intelligences
  • What is Intelligence?
  • Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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