Course Summary
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14 weeks (75 hours)
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 student success


The course objective is to prepare students for the challenges of higher education. It introduces students to various strategies for learning and other skills that are often overlooked when planning for college. Students conduct self-assessments to become familiar with the styles of learning that best suit them. Students become proficient in time management, listening and reading skills, writing techniques, memory abilities, and test-taking strategies. Students also explore the following topics: decision making, choosing a major, problem-solving techniques, diversity issues, technology and computer skills, relationship building, managing finances, remaining healthy, and designing a career portfolio. All of these skills provide students with the tools necessary to be successful in today's college environment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • recognize the value of a college education and the requirements for achieving success
  • practice self-assessment techniques to identify one's learning style and develop personalized strategies for learning
  • explore various time-management strategies, organizational methods for effective note-taking, and listening skills
  • develop proficiency in writing and reading skills necessary for productive learning
  • identify memorization and test-taking strategies to improve course outcomes
  • examine ways of improving decision making and problem-solving, such as with choosing a major, managing finances, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • summarize the basic requirements in technology and effective interactions in a diverse culture
  • create the foundation of a career portfolio that includes a mission statement and helps one determine professional goals essential for building a personal image for success

General Course Topics:

  • Time management
  • Setting goals and priorities
  • Learning strategies and styles
  • Listening and concept organization
  • Test-taking strategies and preparation
  • Advancing reading skills
  • Building writing skills
  • Honing memory
  • Choosing a college major
  • Technology in today's information age
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Diversity and culture
  • Managing finances
  • Maintaining healthy lifestyles
  • Career planning and portfolio
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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