Portfolio CU 1010

Exhibit 1

Inner Critic – “I’m not good at math, I won’t do good whether I study or not.”

- Identify: When doing my Chemistry homework I was having trouble with one of the questions. After getting the wrong answer a few times, I began telling myself I was not going to be able to do it so I might as well skip it.”

- Revise: Instead of skipping the problems that I have trouble with, ask the professor after class the next day or in their office hours to help me work out some of the problems I had issues with.

Inner Defender – “That test was nothing like the notes on our powerpoints.”

- Identify: Last semester I would prepare for tests by reading over powerpoints and memorizing them because that’s how I studied in high school, and it worked in high school. I soon figured out that memorizing definitions was not enough, when preparing for tests I needed to be able to apply concepts not just memorize them

- Revise: Instead of complaining about how difficult the exam was, I need to study harder or use a different study method to make sure that I am better prepared for my next exam.

Inner Guide – “Last semester I crammed for tests, now I need to begin studying a week before the test.”

- Identify: Last weekend I had to choose whether to go to the Mountains with a group of my friends then come home and study on Sunday night, or to stay in Clemson and study over the weekend for the chemistry test I had on Monday, and I stayed home and studied all weekend.

- Reflect: I felt much more confident, and much more prepared going into the test than I would have if I had gone to the mountains, and only been able to study on Sunday night.

After reading about these three different inner voices I have realized that the inner voice that best describes me is the inner defender. This is because I often find myself making excuses for doing bad or putting the blame on someone else, when in reality I should be looking at what I did wrong. I think this is my inner voice because, in high school I was accustomed to making good grades and now that my grades have dropped since I came to Clemson I am trying to find someone or something to blame other than myself. However, my hope for this semester is to change my inner voice from an inner defender to an inner guide by reflecting on what I have done in the past, for example study methods I've used, and thinking of ways I could improve those habits.

Exhibit 2

Semester Plan: The Big Picture

February
March
April
May

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

The primary purpose for my weekly schedule is to make sure I don't get behind on my schoolwork, whether it be homework or studying, I set aside a little bit of time every day just to make sure I am consistently doing my work.

Daily Plan: The Nitty-Gritty

Most nights before I go to be I try to sit down and write a list of a couple things I need to get done the next day. It may not be planning out my entire day by the hour but it helps me make sure I get things done, and it helps me know when I will be free to do other things.

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.

Exhibit 3

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.

I think using the different features of quizlet helped me learn the material on this test, but I probably wouldn't use quizlet as the primary study method I use when preparing for an upcoming test.

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.

After using flashcards to study the materials for this quiz rather than just reading my notes, I felt much better about the quiz and I felt much more confident going into the quiz since I was more prepared. I will most likely continue to use flash cards for quizzes, except next time I might make the flash cards myself to help make myself even more familiar with the materials.

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.

The Recite and Record technique was by far the most effective technique for me, after using it I felt much more prepared, and felt a lot better about the test after completing it than I did about my biology test. I think the combination of going over my notes and rewriting them at the same time meant I was studying twice as much as I would be if I had just been reading over notes, but in the same amount of time. I will definitely use this technique to study for future tests.

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.

Exhibit 4

Even though a did very well on this test, completing this post-test analysis and speaking with my professor was extremely beneficial in helping me both improve my study habits and learn about the mistakes I made while taking the test. First, we talked about how I prepared for the test and how I could also look over the past tests that are posted online for extra practice problems, rather than just using the notes. Then, we went over each of the questions I missed on the test and talked about why I missed each problem and how I could avoid making the same mistakes on the next exam.

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.

Exhibit 5

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

Exhibit 6

Short and Long Term Goals

The most difficult value to discard from the final 10 values was Friendship because I believe having a good, supportive group of friends who can keep you responsible, while also allowing you to have fun is very important. The most difficult value to get rid of from my final 5 was God's Will because I believe and have believed for as long as I can remember that I was put on earth serve God in any way possible.

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.

Self-Designed Exhibit 2: The Importance of Sleep

From this experiment I learned about how much more important having a consistent sleep schedule is than just getting enough sleep. Throughout semester I heard multiple speakers come to our CU 1010 class and tell us that it is crucial for us to stick to a consistent sleep schedule because if we went to sleep at different times every night, even if we got 8 hours of sleep, we would be tired the next day. However, I was a skeptic of this claim which led me to conducting this experiment in which I monitored my own sleep schedule to see how I reacted. After completion it was obvious to me that having a consistent sleep schedule is extremely important. For example, even after nights when I was able to get more than 8 hours of sleep I still felt fatigued that day. Another discovery I made from this experiment is that the time you went to bed last night dictates what time you will most likely go to sleep tonight. For instance, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays my first class isn't until 1:30 in the afternoon. This leads me to believe I can stay out extremely late on those nights without any repercussions the next day since I can sleep in. However, my first class on Tuesdays and Thursdays is at 9:30am, and when it comes to going to sleep the nights before those classes I find myself unable to fall asleep early enough to get 8 hours of sleep since I slept so late earlier that day. Because of these reasons and as a result of this experiment I am now a firm believer in the idea that it is more important to have a consistent sleep schedule than to just get enough sleep.

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