Thursday, August 26, 2010

Metacognitive Skills MNST 5102

It's the same at the end of August every year - full of promise, hope, fun, new friends, food, moving, and INFORMATION OVERLOAD. Today we are in orientation week and heads are beginning to spin all around me. On Monday classes start, with a whole ADDITIONAL ton of information to master.

Here's a quick three part strategy to help get better grades, do better work, learn more, and do it all in less time (really!):

Know Yourself: What is your learning style? Figure it out and use it. What is your academic background and skill level? Begin to fill in the gaps. What organization system works for you? Whatever it is, begin to use it TODAY for all your work.

Know Your Requirements: What is your degree program at seminary? Read the fine print in all that paper so you won't have any surprises later. What's in your syllabi? It gives you the secret codes for every course. What are the Academic Expectations? Honesty, Timeliness, Proper Formats, Proofreading, for starters!

Know Your Resources: Your professors, librarians/library, deans, THIS BLOG, Vetted websites (see CHECK OUT THESE LINKS!) 2nd and 3rd year students, your advisor, . . . . .