I'm teaching a gen ed course at Central Washington University this term, called History of Jazz. As I was preparing for the course, I thought back on all of the mistakes I've made in taking courses like these, and mistakes that I've seen my own students make over the years. So I thought I would put together a video for my future students to help them avoid making the kinds of mistakes that can derail their progress early. Are you a student who has struggled with gen ed courses in the past? Are you a teacher and wish someone would advise your students on the unspoken expectations of your class? If so you might find this video beneficial to you. Inside I'll tell you:
- How not all slacking creates equal consequences—I’ll tell you the worst possible time to slack off in a new class.
- The one technique that will help you avoid distraction and be twice as productive as a student.
- An exercise that you can do right now to fight boredom and make any class interesting.
- The truth about how your mindset can lead to failure… or put you on the path to an "A."
Learn one new high-value skill this term in each of the following areas: reading, note-taking, and studying. Here are some resources to do this, as promised:
- Level-Up! Reading Course. You can watch the first session of my video course, "Level-Up! Reading" here. I made this for my music history students specifically, but everything applies to college reading in general. This session teaches you the myths, mindsets, and techniques to complete your reading assignments in half the time, while understanding more than you ever have before.
- How to Take Notes in Class: The 5 Best Methods - College Info Geek. I like this video for learning tried and tested methods for taking killer notes in class.
- How to Study Effectively: 8 Advanced Tips - College Info Geek. Here is another great video from Thomas Frank that can teach you new and advanced study techniques to really hack your learning.