Academic Skills for College
Welcome to EDHE 101! Sometimes the transition from high school to college is a little more difficult than students (and parents) anticipate and students end their first semester on probation. All is not lost! We can help you recover your good academic standing through EDHE 101, Academic Skills for College. This course is designed to help freshman become more self-regulated learners, leading to better academic performance.
Letter to Freshmen on Probation - EDHE101_Ltr2013.pdf
Effective study skills are key to learning in college and beyond. However, focusing on study skills alone is typically too difficult for students to comprehend and apply. Therefore, in EDHE 101 we learn and then practice, practice, practice! Each week, one new study skill is introduced. We practice it on generic material and then we practice it on one of the other courses each week.
The college classroom environment is significantly different from high school. One of these differences is instructional time. A typical high school class meets for 180 instructional hours; a typical college class meets for less than a quarter of that time. One of the best ways for students to make up that deficit in instructional time is to form study groups wherein they teach each other and learn from each other. EDHE 101 utilizes collaborative learning techniques on a weekly basis.
Each week, we focus on a different study skill or habit. These study skills include: Time management, goal setting, note-taking systems, reading strategies, mind maps, study sanctuaries, exploring levels of learning, etc. Some of these skills are "old hat" and some are new concepts. But simply learning about effective study skills does little to help students; the value of effective study skills lies in applying those skills to courses when and where they are needed. Weekly homework assignments will encourage that transfer of knowledge.
Other Learning Resources
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is dedicated to helping students develop more effective study skills and habits. If the practices employed in Academic Skills for College are insufficient for you personally, please let us know. We will work with you to supplement the techniques used in EDHE 101 and provide you with as much additional support as we are able.
Additional resources, open to all currently enrolled University students, are described on our link at the left, Resources for Students. These services include online study skills resources, Academic Success Training workshops, Supplemental Instruction, Academic Consultations, and lists of departmental tutoring sessions and help-rooms.