January 16, 2014
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
Instructor: Vincent W. Hevern, S.J., Ph.D.
READ "Improving Academic
Performance" (pp. 23-25) in our textbook (Weiten,
2014, 9th edition; pp. 25-29 in 2011 8th edition)
In a 3-credit class, most faculty members including me expect you to study roughly two hours for every hour you spend in class. In preparing for an hour-long class examination, the standard for study is about five hours in order to get a good-to-excellent mark. Of course, individual students and their abilities vary. So, these guidelines are not absolute. However, if you are not regularly devoting approximately six hours of study per week to each of your classes, you may do more poorly than you otherwise would be able to achieve.
SQ3R: What to do BEFORE you come to class if you have a reading assignment
|Lectures, Notes, and Class||
NOTES. Students in this course tell me that they appreciate my posting my lecture notes online. However, I am concerned that what is happening in class is simply that students copy every single word projected on the screen without giving those ideas and concepts much thought or comprehension. Hence, I am going to change my approach in two ways:
ACTIVE LISTENING. During class , it is important that you give your attention to the material we cover. Your listening should be active. You should try to figure out what are the most important things I am presenting. Ask yourself regularly if you understand what you are hearing. You might want to copy down in your notes examples or phrases which convey what concepts are about.
ACTIVE QUESTIONING. If you don't understand something, ask a question. If you think you understand some part of a concept, but not all of it, ask a question. Actively questioning helps YOU learn better.
ACTIVE RESPONDING. When I ask questions in class, I am NOT trying to show you up or trick you or otherwise make you feel uncomfortable. Usually what I am asking you to do is to link up your own experience in daily life with the material we are covering in class. I want you to use your imagination, experiences, or recollections as a way of making many of our concepts real. So, please attempt to respond to questions actively. Say what comes to mind. Trust your own instincts. And, if what you say turns out to be off the mark, so what? Your grade will certainly not be harmed for taking a chance!
|Test Preparation||In order to assist your preparation for the next exam, I will post online a set of important concepts, terms, and persons which/whom I will expect you to know something. Along with your notes, I am hoping that you will find these helpful to guide what you should study for the test. Some members of the class asked me to do this. I'll do so for the next test to see if it is helpful to you.|
I'd ask you to consider some other suggestions:
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