CU 1010 Portfolio By: Jamar Matthews

Introduction Reflection

Since I've been taking CU 1010, I've seen a big improvement on my grades and myself as an individual. From doing activities in class to reading Paul Buyer's book, I've learned how to be organized and how to use my time wisely. First semester, I didn't do to well with managing my time. This semester I've created a schedule and for the most part, I've stuck to it. Paul Buyer's book made me realized that nothing in life is hard to achieve. All you need is the right tools to be successful. If you put consistency, effort, and hunger into your formula, success is going to be your outcome. And within doing this portfolio, I discovered many ways to certain thins pertaining to college. Things such as studying habits or methods, self-reflection, professor feedback, and many more. If you need a little motivation or help with adjusting to college, CU 1010 is the class for you!

Recognizing & Revising Self-Talk Patterns

My inner critic is more difficult to deal with when I'm dealing with self-confidence. The Inner Critic judges self, blames self, complains about self, and demeans self. Its positive intention is to protect self from failure, but the actual result is either a partial attempt or no attempt at all.At certain times in school, i tend to be unsure of things i do or not confident enough. For example, when its time for exams, i prepare myself well. But on exam day, i get all jittery and nervous, and when the test is handed to me, it's like my mind goes blank. So during the test, i procrastinated time so i could calm down and get my thoughts together. As time progressed, i finally got my thoughts together, but it was too late. when I walked out of that exam, i knew i didn't too well. to fix that situation, i did some self-evaluating and looked at myself in the mirror. From that day on, i started believing in myself. every time i took an exam, i prayed and MOTIVATED myself. in order for me to succeed, i must believe in myself and EVERYTHING i do. if i don't BELIEVE in myself, then who will?

When dealing wiTH my INNER DEFENDER, I TRY TO DEFEND MYSELF AND BLAME OTHERS FOR MY UNWANTED RESULTS.The Inner Defender judges others, then blames them before self-assessment takes place. Once blaming an external takes place, complaining about the external and demeaning the external replaces problem-solving and escape occurs. Its positive intention seems to be fending off criticism and punishment from others. a perfect example Of this would be last semester when i took calculus i. a had a foreIGN professor. her name was MS. ALESKEVA. ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS, I KNEW I WAS GOING TO HAVE A HARD TIME IN THAT CLASS BECAUSE I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND A WORD SHE SAID. THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER I STRUGGLED IN THAT CLASS. when final grades came out, i was disappointed at my final grade for my calculus class. inside of me, i blamed my teacher because i didn't understand anything she said all semester. i COULDN'T be too mad at her because i could of gotten outside help from others. I also could have studied more diligently and met with her one-on-one in her office hours.

my inner guide comes out best after I HAVE taken an exam. Our inner guide tells us the absolute truth and allows us to be more conscious of reality, other people, and ourselves. my goal is to get to do better on each exam I take. if I get a grade that I'm not satisfied with, I gather myself TOGETHER and think about what I could of done to get a better or more satisfying grade. MANY THOUGHTS GO THROUGH MY HEAD SUCH AS, SHOULD I HAVE STUDIED HARDER? should I have went to my professor hour office to receive more help? Now that I have thought of ways to actually do better, I will apply it for my upcoming exams.


The Big Picture: For my semester planning, I use my desk calendar. It includes my exam dates and any important meetings and appointments that I have. It basically is my monthly reminder and it helps me make sure I don't plan to do something on the week or on those important exam days.
My Weekly Schedule: To keep myself on a consistence, daily routine, I created a weekly schedule. This schedule is very helpful because it helps me schedule my time to study, go to tutoring, and lets me know when I have free time. Mostly during those free time, I go to the library and get ahead on any type of reading for my classes.
Here in these quadrants, I listed the things that were important and unimportant to me.

For the most part, I stuck to my schedule very well. Before making a daily or weekly schedule, I would just live each day in the moment. Whatever came to my mind to do, I would do. But since coming to college, I had to make some adjustments. Last semester I didn't have a daily schedule so I just was on the go. That didn't work because I would find myself doing everything except my school work. This semester I created a schedule and it's been working for me. I find myself more organized and less stressed! This semester I have been managing my time much better than last semester.


For this experiment, I had to find 3 different methods of studying. The three methods were highlighting my reading, using flashcards, and studying with my peers. I conducted this experiment each time studied.

When it comes to me studying, I must highlights the important context. With me doing that, I am able to recall the important facts that I need to remember for a quiz or test. I started highlighting for my Human Sex class when it first started. How the book was set up, at the end of each chapter, there are study guides that we have to do. I made an A on my exam using this method but I didn't think it would help me throughout the whole year so I didn't stick to it.
Since coming to Clemson, I started using flashcards. I didn't know flashcards could be such a big help. When I'm studying the flashcards, I let one of my peers read one side of it and I have to say the answer that's on the other side. I started using flashcards for my Biology class since I have to remember so many important terms. Before I started using flashcards for this class, I was making C's on my exams. After using flashcards, my results became a little better. I received a B on my next exam. It was a better grade, but not the grade I wanted. My goal this year was to strive for A's on all my exam.
My peers and I have Psych 3060 together. Every time we have homework or a quiz, we get together and help each other with the homework. As a result, I received an A on my first exam! This method of studying might need to be a way I study for now on.

After trying out different ways to study, I found that studying with my peers effects my way of preparing for an exam the most. We studied together the night before and the next we took the exam. I felt ready and confident about the exam. They really motivated me to do really good on the exam. The next day we got our results back and I made an A! Ever since then, I've made A's on the rest of my exams in that class. I think I'm going to stick to that studying method.

Post-Test Analysis & Office Hours

Mrs. Hanna office hours are kind of different. Because she has many students that come to her, she uses a small room next door to her office. That way, she can navigate to everyone.
After talking to Ms. Hanna about my recent test grade, we went through each problem that I missed. The math department is very detailed oriented so they take points away for the smallest mistakes. Most of my mistakes came from carelessness, misread questions, or I didn't just finish them. Math is my favorite subject so every time I get a math problem incorrect, I be eager to find out what I did wrong. To avoid careless mistakes, she suggested that I go over every question carefully before I turn in my exams.
After sitting down and going through my whole test, we came across a question that they had marked wrong, but I knew I had right. Once we looked at the question, I circled the right answer but I bubbled in the wrong letter on my scantron sheet. Lucky enough, she gave me the points back for the question. My test grade went from a 79 to an 82. That made a BIG difference!

Professor Interview

I decided to interview my Microeconomics professor Ms. Kelsey Roberts. Ms. Roberts is a graduate student here at Clemson who majored in Economics. I chose to interview her because she is somewhat still a student here. So I figured she could tell me how she survived and was successful at Clemson. Before I interviewed her, we had a personal one on one talk. I asked her one simple question, ''How do you define success?'' She told me that her definition of success means to stay focus and do every and anything that she needs to do to get where she wants to be. She told me that she once was in my shoes and went through of the same struggles I went through my first semester. But she said she had to realize her true priority, which was getting her schoolwork done. Our conversation really touched me. I now consider her more than a teacher. She's really a cool person outside the classroom. She's also one of the few professors that cares about her students success.

Using Personal Values to Set Short- and Long-Term Goals

Here, I created to a chart to display my short-term goals. As you can see, my short term goal is to make the Dean's list this semester. In each box, I ask myself questions on how I'm going to achieve this goal. Achieving this goal is possible because I have total control over it. This is important to me because making the Dean's list is a great honor to achieve. My top 3 values to help me achieve this goal is trust, faith, and self-esteem. I must be able to trust the process. Believe in every studying method or every academic resource. I must imply my own knowledge and trust in myself. I also must have faith. If you have a little faith with you, anything is possible. Last but not least, my self-esteem. I must stay level headed and focus. I can't get distraction because I have goals in life I want to accomplish.
Here I created D.A.P.P.S chart for my long-term goal. My long term goal is to graduate college as Summa Cum-laude. This goal can be reached and achieved, but it won't be easy. I'm going to pack some tools with me on this journey. My tools will consist of my top values which are: success, faith, and graduating college with high honors. This journey won't be easy, but with a little faith, I can have confident and do the best I can do. With that comes success. I want to be successful throughout my whole time at Clemson.
Here is a activity we did in class. These are 20 of my core values. As instructed to do so, we had to keep throwing one away. I went from my top 10 to my top 5, until I reached one. My top 5 were trust, success, graduate college, faith, and self-esteem. But it got difficult for me because I had to chose one that was the most important to me. As I took my time and thought about it, the most important value to me is graduating college. Seeing me walk across that stage would be a blessing to my family.

Exam Preparations

For this experiment, I went to different academic resources. I went to PAL tutoring, MATHLab, and also tutoring in the Academic Success Center. I went to each session and I decided which one was more helpful to me.

This semester I started going to tutoring in the Academic Success Center. I mainly go there for Math 2070. The tutors are upperclassmen who have excelled in the course I go to get help on. They help me with homework, problems on quizzes that I got wrong, and just questions in general. I go there at least twice a week.
On every Monday and Wednesday's, I go to PAL sessions (PEER Assisted Learning). PAL is offered for the courses at Clemson at have the highest DFW rate. It's lead by a student who has taken the course before and has passed it with an A. We go over what we learned in class and the PAL leader tries to help us understand the material even better. Sometimes the leader struggles because they haven't takenthe course in so long, but overall we all come together to help each other.
I have only been to MATHlab once and I must say that I loved it. MATHLAB is similar to tutoring but its just strictly homework. The advantage I had there was one on one help. It was only me and the tutor. He guided me step by step on problems I didn't understood.
Out of the three , going to MATHLAB helps me better understand the materials I need to know for an exam. Here is a picture of the webassign math homework he helped me with. Having one on one help is what I like most. You don't really get much of that in college so I try to take advantage of it and get as much as I can get. I plan on going to MATHLAB on whatever days they have them.

Study Environment

Studying in my room
Studying in the library (Main Floor)
Studying in the library (6th Floor)

I did an experiment to see where I focus at better to get my work done. I chose several places. I chose my room and different levels of the library. After alternating between my room and the different levels of the library for a week, I came to the conclusion that I focus better on the sixth floor of the library. When I'm in my room, I tend to get side-tracked and do other things besides my work. Whereas in the library I have no choice but to do my work. Not only that, the library has peace and quite. Sometimes our hall gets kind of loud, to the point where I can't get my work done. Plus going to the library motivates me too. There are hundreds of students in there trying to be productive, so that motivates me to get my work done too. The main floor of the library gets kind of noisy because people be entering the doors. The sixth floor is best for me because its quite and hardly nobody is up there

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