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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

ACA 100 - Student Success

1 credit hour -
Explore college academic support services and faculty expectations. Examine study skills, note taking, strengthening memory and concentration, and time management. Assess your own learning style, choose a career path, set goals and develop an educational plan. Transition to college and develop tools to ensure your academic success.

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Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Investigate different learning styles
    • Analyze personal management of time, energy and wellness
    • Evaluate learning styles and apply them to life-long learning
    • Examine personal and educational priorities
    • Demonstrate effective instructor-student behaviors
    • Develop an individual educational plan and explore career options
    • Demonstrate knowledge of college resources (e.g. Library, Academic Support Services, Student Services) by integrating the use of those services in their individual educational plan
    • Appraise principles of learning and forgetting and practice mnemonic devises and concentration techniques
    • Apply lecture note taking and textbook studying techniques
    • Formulate test taking strategies for objective and essay exams
    • Examine critical thinking techniques and demonstrate those techniques
  • Manage time and energy better
    • Review time management principals and techniques
    • Examine how students’ time is currently spent
    • Practice prioritizing concepts
    • Plan short-term and long-term goals
  • Strengthen memory and concentration
    • Review current memory and concentration concepts
    • Explore memory enhancing techniques
    • Use mnemonic devices to improve short-term memory
  • Use effective textbook studying techniques
    • Review current textbook reading and studying concepts
    • Employ reading strategies to improve speed and comprehension
  • Take useful notes
    • Review a variety of note-taking concepts
    • Practice the ‘observe, record and review’ process of note-taking
    • Synthesize new strategies and techniques into students’ own note-taking skills
  • Employ test taking strategies
    • Manage test review time effectively
    • Create test review tools
    • Study methods to predict test questions
    • Plan a test-taking strategy, including what to do during a test
  • Improve critical thinking skills
    • Review current critical thinking concepts
    • Recognize the value of creative thinking in improving critical thinking skills
    • Explore critical thinking processes
    • Identify ways to uncover assumptions, debunk logical fallacies, solve problems and make decisions
    • Apply new skills to practical issues
  • Utilize college resources effectively
    • Recognize the need to use college resources
    • Identify available college resources
  • Develop career and educational goals
    • Review goal setting strategies
    • Analyze the connection between education and profession
    • Outline potential career paths
    • Identify career and educational resources
    • Develop an educational and a career plan
  • Recognize wellness concepts relating to educational achievement
    • Integrate appropriate instructor-student behaviors
    • Explore the concept of diversity and individual differences with the community
    • Investigate decision making, motivation, procrastination, self-esteem and self-awareness concepts
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 3 Information Literacy Core 5 Self Management Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking