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Course: The Outstanding Student's Skill Kit

The Outstanding Student's Skill Kit

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About this Course

This course gives students tools for effective, efficient studying. After taking this course, students will have an understanding of proven study skills, an understanding of why the skills work and how to apply them, and a new appreciation of their own ability and potential.

The course covers a wide range of essential topics, including academic rigor, time management, the library and other learning resources, collaborative learning, reading strategies, semantic feature analysis, critical writing, oral communication, and preparing and giving oral presentations.

Who is the target audience?

  • This study skills course is for high school, college, and university students
Basic knowledge
  • For success in this course, students need to be able to read and listen to English and be willing to apply what is taught
What you will learn
  • Produce high quality academic work through the use of proven study skills
  • Understand how to be a rigorous student
  • Understand how to write an effective critique of an academic article
  • Understand the elements of the oral communication process and how to use them effectively
  • Understand the process of preparing and delivering an effective oral presentation
  • Learn the semantic feature analysis technique
  • Create a personalize time management schedule
  • Identify learning resources appropriate for different assignments
  • Learn a variety of reading strategies for use in different situations
  • Understand how to use the Cornell Method of taking notes
  • Make use of the various services of the library
  • Write an effective summary-reaction paper
  • Use empathic listening effectively
  • Select a variety of graphic organizers for information analysis and display
  • Understand collaborative learning and how it can be used effectively
Curriculum
Number of Lectures: 43
Total Duration: 03:00:56
Introduction
  • The Outstanding Student's Skill Kit - Introduction  

    Purpose

    • To provide a welcome to the course and to set expectations

    Focus:

    • What the student should expect in this course
    • How the student will benefit from the course
    • The level of commitment that will produce the best results
Introduction to Academic Rigor
  • Academic Rigor - Part 1  

    Purpose:

    • To explain the importance of a rigorous approach to education, both on the part of the student and the institution

    Focus:

    • Why academic rigor is important
    • What academic rigor involves on the part of the university and faculty
    • What academic rigor involves on the part of the student
  • Quiz - Academic Rigor Part 1  
  • Academic Rigor - Part 2  

    Purpose:

    • To explain the importance of a rigorous approach to education, both on the part of the student and the institution

    Focus:

    • Why academic rigor is important
    • What academic rigor involves on the part of the university and faculty
    • What academic rigor involves on the part of the student
  • Quiz - Academic Rigor Part 2  
  • Academic Rigor - Download Materials  
Semantic Feature Analysis Demonstration
  • Semantic Feature Analysis - Part 1  

    Purpose:

    • To explain how to use the semantic feature analysis technique for information analysis

    Focus:

    • How to structure the table
    • How to carry out the analysis
    • How to use the patterns that emerge from the analysis
  • Semantic Feature Analysis - Part 2  

    Purpose:

    • To explain how to use the semantic feature analysis technique for information analysis

    Focus:

    • How to structure the table
    • How to carry out the analysis
    • How to use the patterns that emerge from the analysis
  • Quiz - Semantic Feature Analysis Parts 1 & 2  
Summary-Reaction Paper
  • Summary-Reaction Paper Part 1  

    Purpose:

    • To explain how to write a summary-reaction paper

    Focus:

    • The purpose of the summary-reaction paper
    • How to write the summary section
    • How to write the reaction section, ensuring that the two sections are linked appropriately
  • Quiz - Summary Reaction Paper Part 1  
  • Summary-Reaction Paper - Part 2  

    Purpose:

    • To explain how to write a summary-reaction paper

    Focus:

    • The purpose of the summary-reaction paper
    • How to write the summary section
    • How to write the reaction section, ensuring that the two sections are linked appropriately
  • Quiz - Summary Reaction Paper Part 2  
  • Summary Reaction Paper - Download Materials  
Writing a Critique of an Academic Article
  • Writing a Critique of an Academic Article - Part 1  

    Purpose:

    • To explain how to write a critique of an academic article

    Focus:

    • The purpose of the critique
    • How to write the summary section
    • How to structure the critique section, ensuring effective linkage with the summary
  • Quiz - Writing a Critique of an Academic Article Part 1  
  • Writing a Critique of an Academic Article - Part 2  

    Purpose:

    • To explain how to write a critique of an academic article

    Focus:

    • The purpose of the critique
    • How to write the summary section
    • How to structure the critique section, ensuring effective linkage with the summary
  • Quiz - Writing a Critique of an Academic Article Part 2  
An Introduction to Oral Communication
  • Oral Communication - Part 1  

    Purpose:

    • To understand factors that affect interpersonal communication

    Focus:

    • The communication process
    • Barriers to communication
    • Effective listening and the empathic listening technique
  • Quiz - Oral Communication Part 1  
  • Oral Communication - Part 2  
  • Quiz - Oral Communication Part 2  
  • Oral Communication - Part 3  
  • Quiz - Oral Communication Part 3  
  • Oral Communication - Part 4  
  • Quiz - Oral Communication Part 4  
Preparing Your Oral Presentation
  • Preparing Your Oral Presentation - Part 1  

    Purpose:

    • To understand the elements and procedures to take into consideration when preparing
    • an oral presentation

    Focus:

    • The elements of the presentation
    • Researching the topic
    • Using time efficiently
    • Organization of the presentation
    • Transitions
    • Audience awareness
  • Quiz - Preparing Your Oral Presentation Part 1  
  • Preparing Your Oral Presentation - Part 2  
  • Quiz - Preparing Your Oral Presentation Part 2  
  • Preparing Your Oral Presentation - Part 3  
  • Quiz - Preparing Your Oral Presentation Part 3  
  • Preparing Your Oral Presentation - Part 4  
  • Quiz - Preparing Your Oral Presentation Part 4  
  • Preparing Your Oral Presentation - Download Materials  
Giving Your Oral Presentation
  • Giving Your Oral Presentation - Part 1  

    Purpose:

    • To understand the elements you need to consider when deciding how to give your oral
    • presentation

    Focus:

    • Practice
    • Preparing for questions
    • Handling questions
    • Equipment
    • The room
    • You~A Pro
  • Quiz - Giving Your Oral Presentation Part 1  
  • Giving Your Oral Presentation - Part 2  
  • Quiz - Giving Your Oral Presentation Part 2  
  • Giving Your Oral Presentation - Part 3  
  • Quiz - Giving Your Oral Presentation Part 3  
  • Giving Your Oral Presentation - Download Material  
Time Management
  • Time Management - Part 1  

    Purpose:

    • To understand ways to organize for productive use of your time

    Focus:

    • Prioritizing and goal setting
    • Time scheduling and time management
  • Quiz - Time Management Part 1  
  • Time Management - Part 2  
  • Quiz - Time Management Part 2  
  • Time Management - Part 3  
  • Quiz - Time Management Part 3  
  • Time Management - Part 4  
  • Quiz - Time Management Part 4  
  • Time Management - Part 5  
  • Quiz - Time Management Part 5  
  • Time Management - Download Materials  
  • Time Management - Download Materials 2  
Learning Resources
  • Learning Resources - Part 1  

    Purpose:

    • To understand the effective use of available learning resources

    Focus:

    • Identify learning resources
    • Using of the resources
  • Quiz - Learning Resources Part 1  
  • Learning Resources - Part 2  
  • Quiz - Learning Resources Part 2  
  • Learning Resources - Part 3  
  • Quiz - Learning Resources Part 3  
  • Learning Resources - Part 4  
  • Quiz - Learning Resources Part 4  
  • Learning Resources - Download Materials  
Library
  • Library - Part 1  

    Purpose:

    • To understand typical library resources and their use

    Focus:

    • Library resources
    • Search techniques
  • Quiz - Library Part 1  
  • Library - Part 2  
  • Quiz - Library Part 2  
Reading
  • Reading - Part 1  

    Purpose:

    • To understand ways in which reading is a meaning-making process

    Focus:

    • Several reading processes
    • Metacognition as a part of reading
    • Bias in writing
  • Quiz - Reading Part 1  
  • Reading - Part 2  
  • Quiz - Reading Part 2  
  • Reading - Part 3  
  • Quiz - Reading Part 3  
Collaborative Learning
  • Collaborative Learning Part 1  

    Purpose:

    • To understand what it means to learn collaboratively

    Focus:

    • The nature of collaborative learning
    • Collaborative learning vs other types of learning situations
    • The role of the facilitator
    • Several key elements of an effective collaborative learning environment
  • Quiz - Collaborative Learning Part 1  
  • Collaborative Learning - Part 2  
  • Quiz - Collaborative Learning Part 2  
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