Notetaking is an important skill in college -- some will
find that this one of the biggest differences between high school and
college. Dr. Einerson reviews notetaking procedures and practices
with our Summer Transition Program students. Building these skills
can be an important factor in being successful in college and in many
I have decided to give my students, full-text notes on
the topics that I have reviewed. I hope that my
"newsletters" will provide students an opportunity to
"refresh" their memories during the course of their first year
in college. The content of these newsletters is presented in a Web
format (links to left), printable Today's Collegian newsletters, and as
brief outlines presented in PowerPoint format (last link on left).
My goal is to make sure that students will be able to
quickly and easily find the material that we worked with in
summer. Perhaps some will find it comforting to know that help
with the college transition and learning strategies is only a
"point-and-click" away. I have enjoyed working with
everyone this summer and will continue to maintain this Web page as my
way to say, "THANK YOU" for being a great group to work with!
High School Versus College. Some have
compared the difference between high school and college as being like
the difference between chess and checkers. Sure, they are played
on the same board, but they are 2 completely different games.
Different Laws Apply. For those with
special needs, the differences between high school and college also
reflect different laws about accommodations.
College Terms & Definitions. Getting
comfortable anywhere is easier when you can speak the language -- here
is some of the post-secondary lingo.
Self-Knowledge. In this Webmaster's humble
opinion, this is the key to success in college. If I understand my
needs and learning styles, I can make better decisions. I can also
use my strengths to build skills in areas where I am less confident and
Self-Advocacy. Once I understand my rights,
responsibilities, and needs, I am ready to more effectively advocate for
myself -- a valuable life-skill.
Memorizing Information. Here are some
"tips and tricks" to help get started absorbing the material
that is part of a good education.
Learning Differences. We do not all learn
the same -- probably a good thing to. Each of us has a unique set
of skills and abilities. Thinking about differences in learning
will be more productive than worrying about our learning needs.
Time Management. Once we start developing
an understanding of our learning needs, it is time to start planning how
we will use time to achieve our goals. Here are links for a
downloadable "semester planner" and "weekly
planner." Personally, I recommend using a notecard to outline
my plans for the day -- a 3 x 5 card fits in a pocket and is "ready
Time Tips. Do we want to work harder to
meet the higher expecations of college or should we learn to work more
efficiently. Here are some tips to help get the most out of time
while at college.
Stress. For some, learning accept and meet
the expectations of professors in different classes is the most valuable
part of the college experience. College will have its stressful
moments. The more I know about stress, the better prepared I am to
deal with it.
Managing Stress. Life is full of stressful
moments -- we can learn to deal with them while in school or in
the "real-world." Stress management is an important
skill that we can learn in college and not on our first professional
Get Results; Set Goals. Knowing where we
want to go and how we are going to get there is important. Most of
us would not think of driving across country without a roadmap -- why
not create a "map" for success?
Motivation: A Powerful Tool. When we
really want something, we become willing to go to any length to get
it. Put that power to work for you -- here are some ideas about
practical strategies that get results.
Getting More Out of Math. Often called
"the gateway to higher education," math skills are necessary
to earn degrees. College math courses are very different than the
ones in high school. Math is distinctly different from other
HELP! When to Get Help in Math and Where to
Find It. Deciding that I need help and getting it BEFORE there
are problems is important -- especially in math classes. Here are
some ideas to prevent problems and more fully ensure success.
Connection: Let's Get Started.
This is actually one of the resources I created to help my Beginning
Algebra class. We "previewed" many of these resources
this summer. You can find more at Mr.
B's Algebra Page.
Etiquette: Watch your P's and Q's. Most students
want to get along with their professors. Being polite, courteous,
and respectful are all important lifeskills. Minding our
manners" can also make college easier.
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