Note: If students do the following, then the chance of getting a passing grades increase.**
Before class, each week do the following.
Check your current points earned on Blackboard. Know where you stand.
Check the course schedule, your previous class notes and Blackboard announcements/emails to see what needs to be read and done for the week. Do that work.
Read and study assigned reading for the week. See “Course Readings” on Bb for a list of the reading. Highlight, underline or take notes on what you read. If you need help on taking good notes see Dr. Hart and/or see the "Reading texts: Marking & Underlining" web page. Also when taking notes remember our words and lists discussion.
Use Quizlet to study the week’s reading. Supplement with your own notes on the reading.
Be prepared to take a possible pop quiz on the week's reading. Especially be prepared for exams when scheduled.
During class, each week do the following.
- Turn in assignments at the very beginning of class, if due.
- Participate, interact and ask questions, if you have them.
- Take careful notes. Take notes on announcements regarding assignments, etc. Also, of course, take notes on the lecture. A good part of the Dr. Hart's lecture notes are available on Dr. Hart's blog (see the Table of Contents on the right of the blog for course specific content). However, please be aware that it will be helpful to supplement those notes with your own. Also, while you do have most of the notes already written for you on the blog, it may help to write them yourself to better learn the material. If you need help on taking good notes see Dr. Hart and/or see the "Taking notes in classroom lectures" web page. Also when taking notes remember our words and lists discussion.
- Be aware that the purpose of the lectures is not to read the textbook to you. There are course readings and course lecture. Note well: (1) Sometimes what is covered in the reading is also covered in the lecture notes (see below). (2) However, sometimes there is course content that is in the reading, but not covered in the lecture. (3) And, sometimes there is course content that is in the lecture notes, but not covered in the readings. Exams cover both readings and lectures. In short, take good notes of the lectures and do the readings.
After class, each week do the following.
- Very soon after class, review your notes on the lecture.
- Use Quizlet to study the week’s lecture.
* This checklist may not include all that needs to be done for the course, especially those assignments that are not done on a weekly basis. See other course documents (syllabus, schedule, assignment pages, Bb announcements, etc.) for information on other requirements for this course.
** Of course, see the syllabus for specifically how grades are calculated.