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2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog
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STU 150 - Becoming a Master Student

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Enhance academic, professional, and personal skills to maximize learning and success at the college level. Includes critical thinking skills, learning styles, college and/or career goals, study and interpersonal skills. Also includes examination of values, human diversity and perspectives, as they relate to academic and personal success.

Recommendation: Completion of REA 091  and WRT 090  before enrolling in this course or concurrent enrollment. If any recommended course is taken, see a financial aid or Veteran’s Affairs advisor to determine funding eligibility as appropriate.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain how specific behaviors contribute to taking responsibility for creating a successful college experience, maintaining a positive attitude, and staying motivated.
  2. Summarize strategies for successful time management and develop a time management plan.
  3. Apply reading techniques to college level work.
  4. Develop several approaches to note-taking and select the one most personally effective.
  5. Describe and apply test-taking preparation and techniques and identify and incorporate test-anxiety reduction techniques.
  6. Examine study tips for approaching math and science courses.
  7. Explore the influence of cultural, ethnic, gender, disability, and age differences in determining and overcoming biases and prejudices in college, work and personal relationships.
  8. Identify, implement, and apply critical thinking skills, including the qualities and core elements of critical thinkers.
  9. Discuss and implement public speaking skills and written assignments as required in college and the workplace.
  10. Identify the personal responsibility inherent in forming and maintaining relationships as well as resolving conflicts.
  11. Analyze current lifestyle practices and examine how they affect wellness, addressing physical, psychological, and social supports.


I.           Strategies for Success

A.  Learning styles and active learning

B.  Goal development

C.  Identify motivation and intention levels

D.  Describe barriers to success

II.          Time Management

A.  Monitor current life activities

B.  Linear and non-linear time management strategies

C.  Develop individualized time management plan

III.         Reading for College

A.  Review, question, interpret, and understand

B.  Respond, recite, review

C.  Adjusting your style and practicing useful reading habits

D.  Staying motivated

IV.        Note-Taking

A.  Cornell /mind mapping/outline/other forms

B.  Listening for cues and participation

C.  Using all your senses

V.         Test-Taking and Memory

A.  Test anxiety and emotional preparation

B.  Types of tests, approaches and predictions

C.  Different memory techniques and using long-term and short-term memory

D.  Learning from others, study groups

VI.        Studying for Math and Science

A.  Understanding math and science texts

B.  How to approach math and science content

VII.       Diversity

A.  Values clarification

B.  Perceptions, ethnocentrism, stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination

C.  Cultural, ethnic, gender, disability and age

D.  Higher education, world of work, and personal relationships

VIII.      Critical Thinking

A.  Characteristics of a critical thinker

B.  Aspects of critical thinking

C.  Searching beyond right and wrong

D.  Higher order thinking process

IX.        Speaking and Writing for Success

A.  Public speaking skills

B.  Using internet research

C.  Generating topic ideas

D.  Becoming a better writer and thinker

X.         Relationships

A.  Listening/communicating and resolving conflicts

B.  Personal, work, and academic relationships

C.  Making responsible choices in relationships

XI.        Lifestyle and Wellness

A.  Financial planning for college and beyond

B.  Health/wellness and addictions assessment

C.  Managing stress

D.  Identify areas for improvement

XII.       Planning for Success

A.  Changing values and perspectives

B.  Choosing and supporting college majors and career goals

C.  Developing individual plans for continued application of skills      

Effective Term:
Fall 2016

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