CU 1010 Portfolio by: bobby holland

Learning Outcome #1

Recognizing and Revising Self-Talk Patterns

I in my room doing my calculus homework one night and I consistently got the answers wrong and I could not figure out why and I got frustrated and I kept saying I won’t ever be able to do this I’m going to fail like I did last semester. I stopped working on the homework and gave up and said I’m just an idiot when it comes to math and I won’t ever understand it so how am I supposed to be an engineering major if I can’t understand calculus. I think to channel these thoughts towards my inner guide; I could have considered that I need more help this semester and it’s not going to be easy but I must do it. I could use this as inspiration to make sure I go to tutoring so I will have a better grasp of the material. I know I shouldn’t refer to myself as an idiot so I need to focus on the good in the situation which would be the questions that I did get right. I was in my ag econ class and we just got done taking a quiz and my professor went over the answers with us and I did one step wrong and it caused me to do most a question wrong. I heard this voice saying it was a mistake others made and that it wasn’t my fault it was explained weird in class. I could channel this toward my inner guide by recognizing that I should have paid better attention to what was going on in class. I could have asked for a clearer explanation in class so I would have understood it before I left class the day we talked about it. I could change how I thought of the mistake by saying it was an honest mistake and I will do better on the exam because I won’t make the same mistake again. I was in an elevator going up to my room after a long day of classes and there a girl in the elevator with me and all I could hear was this voice repeating say “hey and ask how her day was” and it said hurry or you will lose your chance. I did say hey and asked how her day was and I felt like I made a step forward in overcoming my shyness. Once I got up too my room I heard myself say good job and it felt amazing knowing I could talk to someone I didn’t even know. It was a small conversation but a big victory for my confidence and I felt like I could do it again and that it would be possible for me to overcome my shyness. I called one of my best friends that I usually tell everything and I told her about what happened and she was happy for me and it helped me feel even better. In my life, the inner voice I hear most often is my inner critic and honestly it is terrible to have this as the default setting for how I refer to myself. The reasons for this being my default setting are simple to me at least. One of them is that I don’t want to let anyone down I try so hard to do my best so my family will be proud of everything that I do and anytime I do something wrong or fail a test I beat myself up because I feel that I failed them and myself. I feel scared to talk to other people and to share what I feel unless I trust them and know them well because I think that as soon as I open my mouth I’m going to get laughed at or ignored. I have experienced times when I’ve been paralyzed with fear when I’ve tried to talk to someone I didn’t know and it hurts sometimes to talk to people I know and trust. I want to change this setting so much I’m so tired of feeling like this. I have tried to change some but I haven’t made much headway in that fight. I have tried forcing myself to talk to people and ignoring all the warning sounds that go off in my mind. I have also tried going out with friends and talking to people that are at the same place and it has worked because I feel safe with my friends around me. I think that I could try small scale interactions in groups of people half being friends and half being people I don’t know very well. I believe that if I get help from my friends and continue thinking positively and not overthinking situations I can make progress. I think that in the future I will be able to move past my shyness and can ignore my inner critic.

Self Designed Exhibit #1

Recognizing Self Sabotage

I learned a few things about myself and how I sabotage my own life or how I power through and complete the tasks I want to do. One of the major problems that I have is that I have difficulty talking to people that I don’t know. I could talk to people I didn’t know on multiple occasions but they were short conversations. I discovered that I can talk to people I don’t know and that I won’t be ignored every time I open my mouth so it was a big boost for my self-confidence. I just had to stop overthinking and I knew I would be able to speak; when I overthink I mostly think of the bad that could arise from the situation. When I stopped thinking I could just speak and it felt good to talk without planning what I would say. I also learned that I want to do a lot but I’m only one person and eventually I will burnout and it won’t be good. I wanted to go home for my cousin’s birthday and study for my exams but I wouldn’t be able to focus on both at the same time no matter how hard I tried. I know that I need to just try to move at a slower pace and plan more so that I don’t have situations like that weekend again. One of the biggest things I learned was that I need to look at my future and present at the same time. I need to ensure that I follow the path I want to follow now so I can be happy in the future but I also need to know what exactly it is I want in my future. I need to make sure that I also don’t do something bad that may seem fun at the time but could possibly come back to haunt me in my future.

Learning Outcome #2

Time Management Self-Study

My plan had many successes but also failures, I think I had an effective plan set out but I did not keep track of time as well as I should have. I think that the only failure I had was that I didn’t keep watch my time closely on some occasions. I could get everything done in the range of times I set and it worked. I think that the only revisions I could make would be to add some more time to my study periods maybe an hour or so. I spent most my time in quadrant four; I spent roughly twenty hours and fourteen minutes in quadrant one, eleven hours and fourteen minutes in quadrant two, three hours and fifteen minutes in quadrant three, and forty-two hours in quadrant four. The hours I have for these four quadrants are based on my three-day time record. I followed my plan most of the time there were a few days when I deviated for small reasons.

Learning Outcome #3

Retrieval Practice Self-Study

I will be using Quizlet, mind maps, and self-testing to help me retrieve information while I study. I will use self-testing to help prepare for my Engineering exam. I will be using Quizlet to help me prepare for my Ag Econ exam. I plan on implementing a mind map to help me prepare for my calculus exam. I will be using self-testing by taking practice problems provided from the chapters and examples from class; I will take a few questions from each and make a list of about ten to twelve questions then I will repeat this until I used all the problems and I will have questions that I have trouble with on a couple of the lists. I will start this about a week and a half before the exam and I will work on each list for about one hour every day. I will use Quizlet to make flash cards to help me study; with Quizlet I, can play little games that will help me stay focused on studying and provide a fun way to study. I will use Quizlet every other day for about one and a half hours so I can use the flash cards and play the little games that Quizlet offers to help with studying I will start this two weeks before the exam. I will use a mind map for bridging together information like I will take the word point-slope form and next I will put the equation and then an example and I will add small bullet points to each to help define and to explain the reasoning for when I look back at them. I will use this technique a week and a half before the exam and I will study the mind maps for about one hour every day.

When I was using the self-testing technique I found that it was easy to take more time than I set aside to work out the problems. Self-testing was very helpful because it allowed me to have practice with a wide range of problems at the same time instead of working with one type of problem and then working with another. Being able to test myself is helpful because it allows me to test my own skills and to assess what I need to work on the most. It was easy to study with Quizlet because the transitioning between cards was smooth and I could always switch up the order that I look at them. It was a simple task to make the flashcards I just took the terms that I had difficulty remembering and the terms that had similar definitions and used them to make the flashcards. When I was making my mind map to help me with calculus I could experiment some with how I displayed the information for myself. I did my mind maps in two different ways some of them I started with the basic structure of the equation and then circled it with what each part meant and I also put the name of the equation. I also structured them with the name of the equation in the middle and I circled it with the basic equation and what is needed to form the equation.

My engineering exam grades last semester were alright and to study I mostly worked practice problems from different chapters that I studied leading up to the exam. This semester with my engineering exam I used a self-testing technique where I pieced together problems from different chapters that I have studied to make worksheets. I believe that this technique was helpful because it helped me improve my grade by a few points compared to last semester. Last semester when I took my first calculus exam I failed and I prepared by doing old exam problems but I didn’t exactly know what I was doing. Using the mind maps this time around it helped some but it wasn’t the best way to prepare for the exam. I felt that the mind maps helped me remember some of the equations and I believe the mind maps are what helped me raise my grade some. This is my first time taking an ag econ class so I haven’t had a previous experience with how to study for the exam or what to compare it too. I think that using Quizlet was a very big part in my remembrance of some of the economic terms I have trouble remembering and I think it is what helped me get the grade I got.

While using the different techniques, I did see an improvement in my grades compared to last semester. While taking my engineering and ag econ exams I did feel more confident and I believe that the self-testing and Quizlet techniques are to thank. The mind map technique did not work well for me when I was preparing for my calculus exam but I think if I tried using it for a different subject it might be more effective. I will use the self-testing technique to study for my engineering exams from now on and I will more than likely use Quizlet again when studying for my ag econ exams. I should find another way to prepare for my calculus exams.

Learning Outcome #4

I will go to the PAL sessions on Mondays and Thursdays to get help in understanding the material taught in class. I will look through the previous exams and make practice sets to help me have random questions that will make me think more about the material. I will start studying a little earlier for this exam and I will spend an hour studying and practicing during the week and I will study and practice at least 2 hours on the weekend. I will try to employ a strategy where if I am stuck on a problem for a few minutes I will skip it and come back when I’ve finished. I have used this in the past for exams and it helped because I found similar questions that I was able to understand and complete and I was able to rethink the question I skipped and it helped me complete most questions I wasn’t able to answer the first time around.

I think that this was a good way to evaluate where I went wrong in preparing for my exam and what I could do to better prepare for the next exam. I think that the form is helpful for charting the errors in my work and gives me an effective way to review what type of errors I made so when I am studying and practicing for my exam I can be sure to not make the same mistakes again. I learned that I need to focus more on the formulas because I tend to get some of them mixed up in my head.

Learning Outcome #5

• What do you do in addition to teaching?

• Why did you decide this career/position?

• What was your major in college?

• What do you like best about your job?

• Did you always want to be in this career/position?

• What do you do for fun? Hobbies?

• Are you where you thought you would be when you were in college?

• How do you balance home and work, and teaching vs. researching?

• What general advice would you give college students?

• What are your expectations for students in your classroom?

• What are the most common mistakes that students make?

• What should I be studying to be successful on assignments in this class?

• How do you define learning?

• How do you define teaching?

• What subject was most difficult for you as a college student and why?

• What non-academic skill do you think is the most important for college students?

• What is the greatest non-academic skill that college students today lack?

• How can college students develop this skill at Clemson University?

• As a college student, what element of professionalism did you struggle with the most?

While talking with my professor we talked about what hobbies he likes and I learned that he likes to play video games and we talked about what kind of games he like to play and what console he prefers. I learned that my professor is a graduate student from another university doing research here. He is doing algebra research here at Clemson. He got a position as a professor since he was here doing research. He gave me some advice on how to be successful in college.

I chose to interview Professor Stefan Bock because in class he is an interesting person, he isn’t a typical professor he acts like a student and the way he acts makes me feel a little more comfortable in class. I was caught off guard by a few of his answers but for the most part I expected answers that were not normal. I learned that it may be more common to come to college and not have a plan than to have everything figured out as soon as you arrive. I learned that sometimes you just need to go with the flow and things will work out. The meeting actually made me see my professor in a new light I see that I have a few things in common with him. I learned that faculty can be a lot like students in how they act and what they do in their free time. I learned that Professor Bock is a grad student from another university doing research at Clemson.

Self Designed Exhibit #2

When I am studying for my engineering exams I will typically start a week and a half before the exam. I will spend one hour during the week doing practice problems and studying for the exams. On the weekends I will spend two hours working practice problems and studying. The day of the exam I will do practice problems and get my note sheet ready.

I think that after looking at the elements that make up my study schedule for engineering which is one of most successful classes; I think that there are a few ways to become more efficient in my studying. I think that instead of doing my note sheet all on the day before the exam I could work on half of it on the weekend and half of it on the exam day. I think I should try and even out the times that I do practice problems and the times that I review my work. When I split up the time that I will be working on my note sheet it gives me more time to study on my exam day so hopefully that will be beneficial. I think that by evening out the time that I work on practice problems and the time I review my steps it will help me understand my process more and help me iron out the little mistakes.

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