College Success



The first step to take to becoming a master student is to be truthful about you and recognize your strengths and weaknesses.



QWe learn by perceiving and processing information.



A mode 1 learner always asks WHAT? They want to know main facts, ideas and procedures and explain events or ask experts.



Learning is continuous. It is a process.



The 4 modes of learning are concrete, experience, reflective, abstract thinking, and inquisitive.

Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic
VAK means:

– Goes beyond technique.


– Methods and procedures are automatic responses to the needs of the task.


– Brings more of themselves to their work.

A master student have attained a level of a skill that;
Negative attitude
Master Students share some traits except;
30, 100
Your college education is one of the most expensive things you will buy. You are paying ___ to ___ per hour to sit in class.
Awareness Awareness of where you are now.
A discovery Statement is;

– Working harder, write more, and have more to remember.

– Fewer  reminders from instructors and feedback on how well you are doing in class.

In making the transition to higher education, you will probable encounter;
To a counselor or academic advisor
College experience can be intimating to new students. When emotions fares, who should you talk to?
It is recommended that you schedule ____ hours of study time for each hour you spend in class.
You see yourself as a student.
The Discovery Wheel circle is a picture of how;

– Preventyou from taking responsibility for your education.


– Prevent changes in your attitude and adopting new behaviors.


– Prevent your learning from any instructor.


– Will fester complaints and say my instructor doesn’t teach to my learning style. 

Refusing to learn the 4 modes will result in;




Time is an equal opportunity resource.

We get __hours to spend each week – no more, no less.



You must approach time as if you are in control.

– Monitoring your activities to get a detailed picture of how you spend your time.


– Record how much time you spend sleeping, eating, studying, attending lecture, traveling to and from class, working, watching TV, listening to music, taking care of the kids, running errands – everything.


– Evaluate how you spend your time.

Controlling time means:





Writing down your goals increases your chances of meeting them.

To become a better student, I must study ___ hours for every hour I’m in class.
Long-term goals
To get a comprehensive vision of what you want to accomplish in your future, such as education, careers, personal relationships, travel, and financial security are considered as



Shrot-term goals are goals that you can accomplish in a year or less like completing a course or group of courses less than a year or organizing a family reunion.

– Keeps activities in context.


– Visually seeing your daily goals relating to your long-term goals.


– Fosters a sense of accomplishment.


The power of planning weeks in advance



Surfing Websites, sending e-mails, and instant messaging can be fun but they can also make hours disappear.

Get moving NOW
Procrastination means putting off. To stop procrastinating, you:
Study boring subject first during daylight, have a regualr study area with good lighting, low noise level and use waiting time to review notes.
When should you study for a boring subject, the best time of day to study, and use waiting time for what?



TIke management means planning. Planning is about getting the important things done, so, mind planning is a way of plotting your day.




Planning allows you to avoid scheduling conflicts and periods of exhaustion.




Educational psychologists recently discovered that all long-term memories are set by emotional markers (connections between neurons) when new information learning fires or connects with existing information.




Memory is a process. Each of those memories involves millions of nerve cells, or neurons, firing chemical messages to each other.




Short-term memory allows you to recall information from day to day, week to week, and year to year.




Paths are called neural traces. The more well-worn the neural traces, the easier it is to retrieve (find) the thought.

The human brain weighs ___ pounds and is roughly the size of a grapefruit.
100 billion, 100 million
The human brain consists some ________ neurons, or nerve cells and just one neuron may be connected to __________ others.
This wiring gives the brain the potential to process and retain a vast amount of information. The challenge is for a person to ______ the information when it is needed.



Remembering is a process in whichyou encoded information as links between active neurons that fire together. You also decode, or reactivate, neurons that were wired together in the past.




Physically your brain changes by growing more connections between neurons whenever you learn something new.

24 hours
To recall 80% of information learned, you must review within;



When reading, always look at chapter review, summaries, and review questions. Visual elements such as tables, charts, graphs, and illustrations.

When introduce to new data, you remember it better if you _________ it with similar or related data.
Pictures, draw diagrams, or make cartoons.
Connect facts and illustrate relationships, so you should always create them. This will help with understanding/comprehension.
The most common memory device is _________because it blazes a trail through the pathways of your brain.

Tricks the increase memory ability to recall. Such as: s

Sentences and Songs.

Mnemonic Devises are defines as? List some mnemonic devices.
Efferent and Aesthetic
Ms Louise Rosenblatt named two types of readers, they are:
Stay alert, poses questions about he/she reads and looks for the answers.
The image of an active reader is:
Preview and Question
In Phase One, before you read, you should:
Look over the table of contents, summary statement, chapter headings and subheadings, inspect drawings, diagrams, charts, tables, graphs, and photographs.
Previewing the entire assignment means:

– Is an instrument for searching for answer.

– It can help deepen your understanding of the text while allowing information to be transferred into long term memory.

– Helps you to get a “feel” for the subject. 


Questions not only helps visualization and makes a mental picture, but it also:
Take a few moments to reflect on what you already know about the subject.
Before reading the first paragraph, it is best to:

– Read for a half-hour and take a break.

– Visualize the material (mental pictures)

– Read the material aloud.

– Sit up, keep your sine straight, use the edge of your chair, and avoid reading in bed.

For more difficult reading, you are to:
Recalling important concepts or information that you will need to review later and with a pencil in hand, you involve your senses of touch and motion.
Underlining is good for:

– Circlling key terms and words.

– Write a short definition of key terms in the margin.

– Draw diagrams, pictures, tables or maps that translate text into visual terms.

– Remember each step in a list or series of related points.

In addition to underlining, you can mark key points by:
After you read, you should talk to yourself about what you’ve read, by this you are combining individual ideas and facts into a meaningful whole is called,
Reviewing reading material within ___ hours moves information from your short-term memory to long-term memory.
Reviewing can be short. Spend as little as ___ minutes reviewing a difficult reading assignment can save you hours later when studying for exams.
You can conduct a __ minute review while waiting for a bus by pulling out your notes on 3×5 cards.
Talk with your instructor.
When you are stuck on a reading and find the reading tough or hard to understand, it is always best to:
Looking up unfamiliar words in a dictionary.
You strengthen your vocabulary by:
Use regular vs. more complete information about word and definition.
Compare and contrast abridged and unabridged dictionaries.
Dividing a word into parts is called:
Constangent – constanent
The rule for dividing a word into syllables or parts is to divide between.
Definitions, examples, list comparisons and contrasts.
To inferthe meaning of words from their context by looking for:

– Arranging study time at a school before goings home.


– Spend 10 minutes of study break with your children for every 50 minutes that you study.


– Developing and keeping a regular study time and let children, family and friends know your schedule.


– Ask spouse, parent, neighbor or a fellow student take care of your children.

Effective study time can best be utilized by:



Grades are NOT a measure of intelligence or creativity and test scores tend to determine how we feel about ourselves.

Put undue pressure on your performance.


Cause mental blockage and or sickness.

Exaggerating worrying about tests and grades can:
Neglect all reading assignments, lecturers, daydreaming in class, surfing the web, and texting.
Cramming will NOT work if you:



predicting tet questions for upcoming tests will not only keep you focused but also alert to possible test qusetions.

– Instructor’s gestures, a pause, look at notes or reading word for word.


– When the instructor have any strong point of view on certain matter.


– Instructor’s body language 

Staying alert during lectures and looking for clues to possible test questions involves:



Quiz questions have a way of reappearing possibly on an altered form on final exams.




You should NOT save all quizzes, papers, lab sheets, and graded material of any kind.

Arriving early
You prepare yourself for taking tests by:



If any part of the true/false question is false, then the entire statement is false.




Checking for numbers, fact, and dates are very critical because the facts could be altered making the statement false.

Pencil markings
Computer-graded tests are very sensitive to:



On matching tests you should first read the phrase and then look for the word that logically completes the phrase.

– Brainstorm and make a quick outline using key words. 

– Begin your answer with part of the question and expand your answer with supporting ideas and facts.

– Remember that sloppy written work, poor grammar and numerous spelling errors may lower your grade.


When answering an essay question on a test you should:
Matching, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, multiple choice, and an essay.
Basically there are (5) types of objectionable tests given:



When trained, a critical thinker processes inside the head the basic elements of communication when reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Uncovere bias and prejudice, reasons long-term consequences, ans is constantly on the lookout for thinking that iinaccurate, sloppy, or misleading.
A critical thinker is one:



Critical thinking is a path to freedom from half-truths and deception. You have the right to question everything that you see, hear, read.




A critical or thorough thinker is also willing to change his/her opinion(s) while in the process for seeking the truth.

He/she distinguish between opinion and fact, ask probing questions and make detalied observations, uncover assumptions and define their terms, make assertions carefully and basing them on sound logic and solid evidence.
A thorough thinker is a skilled thinker when:



A critical or thorough thinker will take the time to understand a statement of opinion before agreeing or disagreeing with it.

Homeless people are lazy

Hot spots are topics that provoke strong opinions and feelings. Which is NOT a hot spot?


– Mike Tyson is a better boxer than Mohammad Ali.

** Homeless people are lazy.

– The state should boring back the death penalty for all sex offenders.




One technique to a way to create ideas is to brainstorm.




Standing improves our ability to problem solve.

Common mistakes in logic.
“Looking at you, you look guilty, what have you done?” or “Look at him, he thinks he’s something drivinAna new truck!” or “Vote for me and I’ll set you free!”  are statements that are:



Assumptions are unconscious assertions that guide our thinking and behavior.

Define the problem, generate possibilities, create a plan, and perform your plan.
To solve a problem you must:



Looking for documentation, you should look for credible quotations form authorities in the field, documented statistics, or summaries of scientific studies.




Asking questions are also a great way to improve relationships with friends and coworkers. When you asks a question, you offer an opportunity for them to speak and for you to listen to their answer.

– The person or organization credibility posted on Website.

– List of author credentials and publications.

– Distinguish among information from profit commercial enterprise (URL ending In .com).

 – Nonprofit organization (.org); a government agency (.gov); and a school, college, or university (.edu).

Searching for information on the internet, you should look for:
Verbal, Sending messages with our bodies, and the tone of voices.
List the many ways we communicate:

– Being quiet while the other person is speaking.


– Maintain good eye contact.


– Make acknowledgement.


– Give feedback and ask questions to clarify.

Effective listening means:

– Demonstrate your attentiveness.

– Helps keeps your mind from wandering.

– Let’s you observe the speaker’s body language and behavior.

List the reasons for maintaining good eye contact when listening.

– People watch your actions.


– Your posture.


– The way you dress.


– Hand gestures.

List the ways in which nonverbal messages speak louder than words.
Tone of voice, gestures, and inflections.
Our _________, _______, and ________ work together and sends a united message.



In dealing with conflict, our objective is to win and solve the problem later.

– Dealing with the content of a conflict.


– Defining the problem.


– Exploring viewpoints.


– Discovering solutions.


– Finding a process for resolving any conflict.

List the steps to solve a conflict.

– Home address – School address – Phone number 

– Birth date – Screen name – Class schedule

– Financial info (SS#, bank account#, ; Credit card #)

– Info about places that you regularly go @ certain times

-Info about places you plan to visit in the future

– Provocative picture or messages with sexual innuendos

-Picture of you at school or work 

– Plans for vacation or out-of-town visits

In order to stay in charge of your safety, reputations, and integrity at times when you connect with other people online, list what formation NOT to put on the Internet.



A thesis statement is a summary in one concise sentence.




50% of writing time is planning, research, and writing the first draft. The other 50% of your paper is revising, revising, and revising, and checking for details, grammar mistakes, spelling, and using action verbs.

Organize your speech into 3 parts.
For public speaking, the first thing you are to do is:




The main body of your speech accounts to 70% – 90%.

– Research topic thoroughly.


– Know it well.


– Focus on the content and not the delivery.


– Practice, practice, and practice your presentation. 


To overcome fear of public speaking, you must:

– Differences of any type.

– Differences in physical appearances, language, social, economic background, and behavior.

Diversity means:

– Keep your temper in check


– Talk in private.


– Allow the other person his/her space.


– And address the other as equal.

In conflict with a person from another culture, you should try to remember:




Walking by and I see discrimination, I should say nothing.





Looking over individual differences and assuming that every member of a group is the same is called stereotyping?

– Arranging for priority registration.


– Reducing a course load.


– Substituting a course for another. 


List the provisions the Government have made for those with disabilities.




There are Lon laws against sexual harassment in schools, stores, and the workplace.





When women are not called on in clason and their comments are ignored or they are overly praised in some way is called sexism.

Speak slowly, avoid slang, stay calm, and avoid frustration.
When speaking and listening with the cultural sensitive, you must:




Instead of seeing people based on skin color, look at them from their heredity.




Money produces more unnecessary conflict and worry than almost anything else. Most money problems result from spending more than is available.

Tell the truth about how much money you have and how much you spend, commit to spend no more than you have, and take action and apply what you have learned and spend less money.
The three step solution in money management are:



prioritizing spending with a simple budget csn help students avoid paying late fees.




Setting up a separate account to have set bills paid automatically from their bank account relieves writing monthly checks and mail delivery hassles and worries. 

– Buy a shredder and destroy all ATM receipts as soon as the monthly transactions appear.


– Never give your card or PIN to anyone.


– Ask to swipe your own card in department stores or watch your card when it leaves your hand and until it returns to your hand from the clerk.


– Make sure the clerk is not copying or imaging your card.


To protect yourself from identity theft and avoid the financial nightmares that comes with it, you should:

– Note you plans for next month.



– For recording the details about what you earn and spend each day of the month.

Money monitoring is designed for:



The potential problem and downfall for many people is that they continue spending more than they make even at higher incomes.




The most important assest you have is what Henry Ford said in his statement, skill, knowledge, experience, and ability. Without these qualities, money is practically useless. 

– Keep account information and SS# private, use a secure URL, don’t manage your money on public computers, and don’t store passwords and login information for sites that you use to manage money because anyone could hack into  your account.


– Do not click link verifying your account number, PIN, password, SS#, and other private information.

Phishing scams Re online schemes by con artists to steal your identity and money. To guard your identity and money you should:
Spend $200 per month on alcohol and fast food.
One way NOT to spend less money is to:



Comserving energy in the home means NOT to turn off the light in unoccupied rooms, keep windows and doors closed in winter and cook for yourself by preparing and cooking your favorite meals.





A GOOD Credit rating will serve you for a lifetime but a POOR Credit Rating can keep you from getting the car of house of your dreams.




Credit Cards often come with a hefty interest rate, sometimes as high as 20%. When you rely on high- interest credit cards month to month, you can lose one-fifth (1/5) of your monthly income to interest charges.




Freely use credit cards offering low interest rates for they are a great source for spare cash.

To start saving now for the future, you should take a percentage of every paycheck you receive and deposit that amount in a savings account. You should begin depositing in a savings account ___% of your income.



The word health in origin means whole which includes alertness, vitality, vigor, sound in body, mind, and spirit.




Health is a continuum and is not a fixed state, so the health that you create is your personal responsibility. 

Fuel it, exercise it, rest it, observe it, and protect it.
For the human body to function as a well-oiled machine, there are five must things to keep the human machine functioning at its high level of performance, they are:
Physical activity, exercise
To keep the brain functioning well and prevent heart disease, control cholesterol levels, diabetes, slow down bone loss with aging, and reduce anxiety and depression, the human body machine needs:
The human body needs _____. Without it your immunity to illnesses decreases and you impair your performance in school.
Exercise before going to bed.
Having trouble sleeping? You should NOT:

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