The main use for my monthly schedule for this semester was to list only the important test or exam dates so that a test could not sneak up on me and force me to cram for an exam at the last second. This also helped me plan ahead, for example I could look on my monthly calendar and know which weekends I was free based on whether I had a test that upcoming week.
Weekly Plan: The Ideal Week
Daily Plan: The Nitty-Gritty
Three Day Plan
Overall, I think my schedule worked out fairly well because it kept me busy and up to date on my school work, while also giving me some leisure time to hang out with friends. However, one way I could adjust my schedule is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays when my first class isn't until 1:30 in the afternoon. Instead of doing nothing but hanging out before class, I could make sure to use at least 30 to 40 minutes on those days to either study or look over the material we are going to be learning about in Chemistry that day.
Retrieval Practice Self-Study
The three techniques I used to study included Quizlet, Flash Cards, and Recite and Record.
Quizlet: I used quizlet to study for my first Biology test. I began studying on quizlet five days before the exam took place, studying the first chapter on the first day for about 45 minutes. Then the second chapter for 45 minutes on day two, the third chapter for 45 minutes on day three, and the fourth chapter for 45 minutes on day four. And on the fifth day I reviewed all of the chapters for about 2 hours.
Flash Cards: I used flash cards to study for a Chemistry quiz we had on chapter two. I started studying for the quiz the day before the quiz took place, and I studied the flashcards I found on Studyblue.com for about an hour and a half.
Recite and Record: I used the recite and record study method for my first chemistry exam, and I used the five day study plan for this exam as well. So I began studying and rewriting my notes for chapter one on the first day, chapter two on the second day, and chapter three on the third day which took about an hour each day. Then on the fourth and fifth day I reviewed the notes for about 2 hours.
Self Designed Exhibit 1: PAL vs. Tutoring
For this exhibit I attended 2 PAL sessions and 2 Tutoring sessions with a primary goal of figuring out which session is more suitable for my style of learning. Each session has its own advantages, for example, PAL sessions are helpful if you had a few questions about the material the professor had gone over in class, or if you just don't fully understand what was taught in class and are trying to get another person's perspective. This is because the PAL session felt almost like extended class time or a review of what our professor had gone over in the previous class.
The tutoring session is helpful if you have some homework problems you don't quite understand, or if you are having trouble with a specific topic in a class and want some one on one help. Overall, tutoring seemed to be more advantageous for me, I think the one on one attention was the most helpful part because I was able to ask questions and work things out with the tutor. I also liked that I could go to the tutoring center to do homework, and if I had a question about the homework I could ask for help.
For my next Chemistry exam I plan to begin studying a week before the test. This way I can go through all my notes and rewrite them, and I will still have time to go through the previous exams that are posted online. In addition to this, I also plan on going to the PAL session before the exam and the review session that Professor Cox holds on the Sunday before the exam.
Where did you go to College?
What did you major in?
What course was most difficult for you in college?
What led you to becoming a professor? Did you always want to be a professor?
Do you do anything in addition to teaching? If so, how do you balance everything?
What is some advice you would give college students to help them be successful?
What do you think is the most common mistake students make?
How must time should a student spend studying in order to be successful?
What non-academic skill do you think is the most important for college students?
How can students work towards developing this skill?
The reason I chose to interview Professor Cox is because, this is the second consecutive semester she has been my chemistry professor and each semester her class has been the most difficult for me. However, she has been great at communicating with her classes, for example she always makes herself available to talk to students after class and in her office hours, and she is great at recognizing when the class is struggling to understand something she is teaching then making sure to explain it in a way we understand. Throughout the interview process I felt like there was a lot I could learn from listening to her views on being successful inside and outside of school because of the experience she had accumulated over her tenure as a professor and how she had seen students both fail and succeed in her classes over the years. From this experience I now have a newfound respect for Professor Cox and all of my other professors because of the long hours of hard work they put in, in addition to teaching our classes, and their dedication to the students' success
Short and Long Term Goals
Ultimately my number 1 value turned out to be family, I chose family because I have always been very close with my family, they are the reason I am where I am today, and I want to be able to support my own family someday as well.
One short term goal I wish to accomplish is to get a job by the time we get out for summer break. I have already begun the process of searching for a possible job by looking at job opportunities in both Clemson and in my hometown, Charlotte. The value on my list of 10 most valuable core values that this goal is most related to is the industry value because it is important to me to gain work experience since it looks good on a resumé and I believe it is important to have the experience.
One long term goal I wish to accomplish is to have a job set up before I graduate so that I don't have to worry about searching for jobs after I am out of college. A couple ways I could work towards this goal is to get an internship next summer so I have experience in my industry, also, I could go to the career fairs during my senior year and set up interviews for jobs with different companies in my major. The values this is most related to is still industry, but also Family and Purpose because for me, the first step towards providing for my family is to get a job.