The Study Smarter Series - Six Study Courses Rolled Into One
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The Study Smarter Series - Six Study Courses Rolled Into One

Time Management, Note Taking, Memory, Test Taking, Textbook Reading, Vocabulary
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Created by Karlene Lesh
Last updated 1/2016
English
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 30 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Turn yourself into a professional student who:
Manages time to balance school, work, and self.
Takes notes using the Cornell System, Mind Maps, and Timelines.
Reads textbooks using previews, SQ4R methodology, note taking, and summaries.
Builds vocabulary using root words, expressive vocabulary, and context clues.
Takes tests with a minimum of anxiety, effective preparation, and strategies for question types.
Sharpens memory through structure and association.
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Requirements
  • No prerequisites required.
Description

I designed this course to turn you into a trained, efficient, professional student. You will learn skills that will matter throughout your entire life, both at work and in your private life. But most importantly, if you master these skills, you will make it through your freshman year.

The course is actually six short courses bundled together into one longer course. If you are only interested in taking one of the topics you will find it listed as a separate course. The course titles are:

Managing Your Time

Taking Better Notes

Reading Textbooks Efficiently

Building Your Vocabulary

Taking Tests Effectively, and

Sharpening Your Memory

Each course consists of five Power Point lectures and a student packet. Ideally you will print the student packet for each topic. During the lectures, I will refer to the student packets, which contain exercises and examples. You need to put the principles in the lectures into practice in the student packets.

Who is the target audience?
  • Ideal students are college freshman, and high school students in college-prep. However, any adult planning to return to school for additional education should take this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 31 Lectures Collapse All 31 Lectures 03:29:50
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Introductory Lecture
1 Lecture 09:52
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Managing Your Time
5 Lectures 28:43

This lecture looks at the purpose of time management and the various ways that we waste time.

Preview 02:32

We develop a balance between the time we spend in School, Work, and Self.

Balancing Your Time
06:03

We inventory our time across a breakdown of the three domains (School, Work, Self). Discover our Peak and Slump times. Examine distractions. And list 40 tips for managing our time.

Peak vs Slump Times, Distractions, and 40 tips for Managing Time
05:17

We develop a weekly schedule that can evolve over time.

Goals for Time Management
06:38

We examine goals, motivation, and procrastination. What are short-term versus long-term goals? What is the difference between a bad goal and a good goal?

Goals, Motivation, and Procrastination
08:13
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Taking Better Notes
5 Lectures 37:38

Note taking begins with listening. What is the distinction between hearing and listening? How can we improve our listening skills?

Preview 07:11

Note taking begins before class with preparation. We also introduce the Cornell System for taking notes.

The Importance of Being Prepared to Take Notes
07:20

We examine the Cornell System for taking notes in detail.

The Cornell System of Note Taking
09:55

Now that we have a system, we can look at technique - abbreviations, drawings, charts, outlines, statistics, etc.

Eight Basic Note Taking Skills
09:00

Some people respond best to visual note taking systems, including mind maps and timelines.

Visual Note Taking Systems - Mind Maps and Timelines
04:12
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Reading Textbooks Efficiently
5 Lectures 29:45

We outline a system for reading a textbook - preview, skim, read actively, read analytically.

Preview 05:21

The "preview step" - how to preview the reading.

Textbook Preview
05:50

The SQ4R system for reading - Survey, Question, Read, Record, Recite, Review.

Using the SQ4R Method to Read Effectively
05:11

Marking texts and reading for comprehension.

5 Methods for Note Taking from a Textbook
10:48

How to summarize a textbook reading - both the value and technique.

Writing Effective Summaries
02:35
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Building Your Vocabulary
5 Lectures 28:27

Developing your two vocabularies - your Receptive vocabulary, and your Expressive vocabulary.

Preview 03:31

Methods to improve your expressive vocabulary - glossaries, flashcards, the vocabulary study sheet.

Increasing Your Expressive Vocabulary
09:47

Root words, and how prefixes and suffixes change their meaning.

Prefixes, Suffixes, Root Words
05:08

Developing effective vocabulary improvement strategies related to academic success in college.

Working with Context Clues
05:02

Selecting the right word from among homonyms.

Choosing The Right Word
04:59
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Taking Tests Effectively
5 Lectures 40:46

Test anxiety - how to manage, reduce, and put to good use.

Preview 05:20

Preparing for tests - a five day plan.

Test Preparation
09:55

Behaviors in the days leading up to the test, and an action plan for taking the test.

Developing Good Study Behaviors
09:31

Uh-oh. You don't know the answer. Strategies to improve your chances for each type of question.

Strategies for Answering Various Types of Test Questions
09:48

A system for answering an essay test.

The Essay Test
06:12
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Sharpening Your Memory
5 Lectures 34:39

How your brain processes and stores information.

Preview 06:54

The first 6 (of 12) methods to improve your memory retention.

Memory Principles: Part I
07:22

The second 6 (of 12) methods to improve your memory retention.

Memory Principles: Part II
09:50

Why do we forget? Or do we?

Theories of Memory
05:37

Using association and mnemonic techniques to improve our memory.

Strengthening Memories Through Association
04:56
About the Instructor
Karlene Lesh
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11 Students
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Study Smarter Series

I grew up in California and have taught a variety of subjects, as well as, every grade from kindergarten to community college. I first received a multiple subject credential and taught first grade. I was introduced to special education and loved it, therefore, I got my mild/moderate special education credential and have taught every grade from kindergarten to high school. I knew I wanted to help students more, so I decided to get my counseling credential and a masters in education. I started teaching in the year 2000 and my last teaching position was at a community college for 2 years. As a professor, my job was the improvement of teaching and learning by “fill in the gaps” and building study skills, reading skills, math skills, as well as, strategies for transfer level, developmental education, and occupational/vocational education students. The study skills courses I taught are: Time Management, Test Taking, Note Taking, Textbook Reading, Memory and Vocabulary. I also taught advanced reading and critical thinking, as well as, 9 study skills workshops each semester and a first year success course. The community college had budget cuts so I decided to move to Chicago and I am currently teaching as a part-timeTitle I teacher, which allows me to focus on teaching online courses. Teaching is my passion and I learn something new every year!