6 Good Reasons You Should be Going to Class Every Day!

This is Where it's HappeningYou want a good reason to go to School?  Here are six right here:

1.  It’s expensive to pay and not go.

It’s your money.  Okay, maybe your parents are helping too?  Either way, don’t you just hate it when you pay for something and then don’t use it?  Like that text book you bought and never looked at again?  Make sure you get the most of your investment by going!

2. Your professor may put a high premium on attendance.

Funny thing is, she may even say she doesn’t care if you come or not.  But I don’t recommend you test her.  Not going shows you don’t care, and you sure don’t want the teacher thinking you don’t care about what she has to say.

3. It’s a responsible habit that can have long-term payoffs.

We’re grown ups now.  We keep our commitments.  Signing up for a class is like saying, “I’ll be there.  Count me in.  See you there.” Few people stand behind their commitments, so if you’re someone who does, you will distinguish yourself from the masses out there, and be well respected at school, then in your chosen career.

4. You will learn more than if you stay away.

You are working way too hard to make good grades if you start missing class.  It’s one of the biggest kept secrets to making the grade in college.  Prep before class, and when you are there listen, and review soon after.  Piece of cake, and a lot less work than any other method out there.

5. You get to know other students in the class.

And this is a good thing.  Not only do you get to hear the great questions of others that you might not have thought to ask, you may also find others to study with so you don’t have to struggle in a subject you find more difficult.  Let’s not forget either that school isn’t just about making the grade and graduating, it’s also about making friends you may keep the rest of your life.  A good place to find those friends is right there in class.

6. It’s where the answers are.

How else will you know what’s on the test?

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College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio Link

Hi, I’m Crystal Jonas,

As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to make college students more successful, enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.

There Actually is Such a Thing as Asking a Stupid Question!

One thing that teachers won’t tell you is that actually there are such things as stupid questions. And teachers inwardly roll their eyes when they hear one.

Teachers don't want to hear stupid questions from students

You’ve seen this happen: You’re in class, a student who usually not only sleeps but also snores through most of the period, raises his hand and begins, “This is probably a stupid question.”For some reason, the teacher answers, “Now, there are no stupid questions.” And sure enough, here it comes, the most ridiculous question you’ve heard all year.

If you’re thinking there are such things as stupid questions, you’re right. Only to soften the blow, let’s call them ill-advised questions, shall we?

Let’s go over some questions that, as a student, you don’t want to be caught dead asking. Right off the bat, let me say that anytime you do not read the assignment for the day, you may not ask questions.

Not trying to be a control freak here, just looking out for your best interest as a student. Why not ask if you haven’t read? Quite simply, students can end up really looking silly if the question is already answered in the text. It’s a big, black mark against them. Makes you look not only ill-prepared, but lazy. Your teacher is thinking, you didn’t do your part, now you want to use class time for something you should have done yourself. Bad idea. Also, if you have one of those teachers who like to rub it in when it’s obvious that a student hasn’t prepared, you may be in for some serious teasing throughout the term.

You can also forget getting others to be your partner on a group project. Once others know you don’t do your work, they won’t want to let you ride on their coattails. And obviously, no body wants someone in a study group who won’t carry his own weight, either. See?

As a student, some questions are best left unasked. Now that I’ve got some of you sufficiently paranoid, two important points:

  1. If you have prepared, yes, please do ask a question, if you need a point clarified. Jump right in there
  2. If you do ask a question, DO NOT, under any circumstance, begin by saying, “This is probably as stupid question.”  Why leave off the “stupid question” disclaimer? Because it’s weak, and makes you look like you don’t have confidence in yourself.  Be bold, it earns you more respect as a student and in life.

You know, we teach people how to treat us. We do this by how we treat them, and ourselves. And as a student, this includes how you talk about yourself. Saying you have a stupid question really undermines credibility.

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College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio Link

Hi, I’m Crystal Jonas,

As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to make college students more successful, enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.

5 Reasons Prepping For School Saves you Time

Prepping For Class Saves Time. A little investment  goes a long way in saving you time in school.

Prepping for school saves you time studyingPrime your mind to store and retain information.   Here are five reasons prepping for class makes learning in school a whole lot easier and saves you tons of time.

1.    Big Picture Overview primes memory.  Our memory works by associating new ideas with old ones.  When students read the assignment for school, and review the notes from last class, it paves the way for new information to be connected with this big picture concept that has just been studied. It gives the students mind an overall picture of what the main themes of the class will be.  Our brains naturally store and recall information more effectively when students start with a big picture concept of the key ideas, and then fill in with specific examples and applications used in school.

2.   You’ll recognize and understand key terms more readily.  Remember, understanding key terms, and their interconnection with key concepts is the basis for students taking brief, memorable notes in school. For example, say your Psychology class is studying Freud.  Students need to know about the ego, superego, and the id, and when Freud says they develop.  In reviewing ahead of time for class, the students mind has been  primed  to pick up on the teacher’s mentioning any of these key terms.  Students will be able to listen more carefully during class, and to take more meaningful notes on how these three concepts influence each other and psychological development.

3.   It allows note taking shorthand. Reading ahead allows students to check off directly in their book when the teacher covers something that is in there from the class lecture.  Those students unprepared will be writing like mad; whereas students who have read ahead will simply be putting a symbol beside anything the teacher mentions from the book.  I recommend the letter “c” with a circle around it, so the students can quickly notice that this is information covered in class.  Anything mentioned both in the book and in the class lecture is worth making a special note of.

4.  It primes active listening.  Finally, coming prepared sets students up for active listening in the class.  The golden nuggets that students want in your notes are contained within the key words and key concepts in 10% of the lecture. Let me cover the idea of key words and concepts in more depth here. Say you just saw a great movie and you want to tell some friends about it.  How much do you tell them?  Certainly, not all the dialogue, in fact, you probably wouldn’t mention the dialogue at all unless it contained a funny joke. Nope, you’d stick with the synopsis, just the highlights.  You would condense a two-hour show into a five-minute description. The review you would give the movie contains the essence of the key words.  That’s exactly what you’ll want to write down when you’re taking notes during the class lecture, the main ideas, not every word.  Imagine that you’re going to tell a fellow classmate who had to miss class what the lecture was about.  Those ideas you’d tell her are what you want in your notes.

5.  Prep makes taking notes a lot easier. Perhaps the best way to take notes in school is a process of three-dimensional, one-page note taking, sometimes called brain webs or mind maps.  In this process, the central idea is placed in the middle, and the main themes radiate outward with subcategories attached to their respective themes. When students have looked at the material before class, they have a much better idea of how the key points interconnect.  This helps students to write your notes in a way that shows you how the concepts relate to each other. _________________________________________________________________

College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio Link

Hi, I’m Crystal Jonas, As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to make college students more successful, enjoy school whole lot more. Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.

Making that Good First Impression to Start the School Year Off Right

First impressions stick 80% of the time.  Make sure you start classes off on the right foot.

Making good first impressionsAbout 85% of your success in life, rests on your ability to get along well with others.  This includes gaining and keeping good rapport by having a good first impression with the teacher.  If he likes your attitude, you’re much more likely to max out that discretionary 10% that has a significant influence on your grade. Here are three good ways to make that first impression memorable.

 

 

Numbers #1 and #2:

Go early; stay late

Okay, steps one and two of getting off to the right start with a good first impression.  Now you don’t have to keep sitting there minutes after the class ends.  You should, however, come a few minutes early and stay though the entire class.  No need to be the last person to leave, just don’t create Continue reading “Making that Good First Impression to Start the School Year Off Right”