This course will help students to prepare for the learning and study skills needed in first-year coursework. The course will provide opportunities to develop and practice effective strategies, skills, and approaches to learning that focus on improving learning and academic performance at a college-level. Learning strategies will be covered as well as the use of specific external study aids and techniques (for example, study formulas, notetaking methods for both texts and lectures, and exam writing). Emphasis will be on study aids and techniques. Students taking this course should already have the ability to learn independently.
Students will receive instruction in the following skill areas:
- Evaluation of college-level academic demands
- Organization and scheduling
- Learning strategies
- Study formulas
- Listening skills
- Underlining and marking text
- Structure of textbooks
- Methods of notetaking from texts
- Lecture notetaking
- Notetaking from audio-visual presentations
- Understanding and utilization of memory
- Preparation for exams
- Exam-writing techniques
- Techniques for developing reading-speed flexibility
- Managing academic demands and stress
- Using a college library
Methods of Instruction
Classroom instructional mode will vary with instructional goals. Lecture, large-group discussions, small-group discussion and learning activities, cooperative learning, and individual learning activities may be employed. Lab tutorial and scheduled individual appointment time will be available as appropriate.
Student-directed learning outside of the classroom will also constitute a component of instruction.
Means of Assessment
A mastery model of evaluation will be used. Progress will be monitored in an ongoing and cumulative fashion by the instructor, based on written and oral demonstrations of skill. Course credit will be granted on the basis of achievement of course objectives as demonstrated by satisfactory completion of course assignments. Satisfactory progress and undertaking of independent learning are expected. Specific feedback will accompany completed assignments, and more general feedback on progress will be provided periodically by the instructor as appropriate.
The aims of the course are for students:
- To develop positive approaches to learning and study.
- To explore and develop a repertoire of strategies, skills, and approaches to learning and study that are appropriate to the individual.
- To develop, practice and demonstrate effective strategies, skills, and approaches to learning and study that are directed at improving learning and academic performance at a college level.
- To demonstrate learning and study strategies, skills and approaches in practical as well as academic contexts.
- To work cooperatively in a classroom setting.
ENGU 0355 or (ENGU 0350 and ENGU 0360) or ENGU 0356 or permission of instructor
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Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.
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