Turn Down the Volume

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Strategy for handling the volume of reading at the university level.

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“Turn” Down the Volume : 

“Turn” Down the Volume By: Brandon Minton LTCY 524 Fall 2008

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Have you ever been overwhelmed by the amount of reading that is required for your classes? Do you feel that you do not have the time to get all of your work done? Does your weekly work load feel like it is driving you crazy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to “TURN” down the volume of your texts.

I know what you’re thinking… : 

I know what you’re thinking… That’s easier said than done right? Well, it’s a lot easier than you think, because I have been there too. The following 4 step strategy can help you make a better use of your time, resources, and if you give it a good shot, it may even improve your grades.

“T” is for TIME! : 

“T” is for TIME! Money is not the only thing that college students must actively engage in budgeting. We must also budget our time. Budgeting your time effectively can help you…. Give each class the time that you need for studying. Give your life a schedule. Give your studies a purpose. Allow for leisure time.

In College Time is Money : 

In College Time is Money Someone is paying for your time here, whether it is you, your parent, or even the government, it is equally important. Before you can learn to manage time you need to first analyze what you are currently doing with your time. Creating a Journal is an easy way to look at how you use your time. Here are instructions: http://trainingpd.suite101.com/article.cfm/improve_time_management_skill Keep track of your time for one or two days. To see how well you use your own time.

Now what do I do? : 

Now what do I do? For most expectations, you should be reading two hours per night per class. For a 15 hour class load that would mean 10 hours of reading per night. No one has that much extra time after class and work. Fill out this time schedule and add in 45 minutes per night per class to begin with. http://nsbe.ec.uiuc.edu/Downloads/Support%20Page/TimeManagement.pdf Don’t do it all at once. If possible spread your time throughout the day in 1 hour blocks. Add in breaks because you do need them.

“U” is for Underline and Highlight : 

“U” is for Underline and Highlight Now I have a schedule, but what do I do with this crazy textbook thing? Surely you don’t think I can read every word in that thing! I actually don’t expect you to. What I want you to do is to find the key words and ideas in your assigned reading. In most texts, the key words are Bold, Italicized, underlined, and are often the headings within the chapter. Here is an online presentation that teaches all facets of text features and their uses. Great for all ages. http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/ttravis-57862-Text-Features-Table-Contents-Index-Glossary-Titles-Subheadings-Bold-Color-Education-ppt-powerpoint/ Look in your own textbooks and analyze the features and find how the key vocabulary and ideas are presented.

Now I know what to look for, but what do I do with it? : 

Now I know what to look for, but what do I do with it? Begin at the start of the chapter. Look for the key words and main ideas. Underline and or highlight the key words and ideas in your textbook. Read the sentence before and after key words to give you the context of the word and in many cases the definition of the word or idea.

Not just words on a page. : 

Not just words on a page. Keep a list of the terms and ideas that you found. This table can be helpful for laying out the words and ideas along with their definitions.  http://74.125.45.104/search?q=cache:UWmM2ybcgxEJ:mail.mhrd.k12.nj.us/~kmaier/FOV1-00012D6D/Blank%2520Vocab%2520Sheet%3FFCItemID%3DS0020409F%26Plugin%3DLoft+vocabulary+sheet+blank&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=11&gl=us&client=firefox-a I can provide an additional file that I have adapted upon request.

“R” stands for Restate : 

“R” stands for Restate In order to show that you understand the key words and definitions we must be able to restate the meaning into your own words. Most classes require more than rote memorization. Recall of a term is just part of learning. Here is a site with good examples to teach you how to paraphrase and summarize your own terms and ideas from your classroom texts. http://owll.massey.ac.nz/aw_using_authors_1_1_2.html

“N” means good solid notes. : 

“N” means good solid notes. Class attendance and effective note taking can greatly reduce the amount of reading that you will have to do for each class. Most instructors teach from the book with presentations and or written notes. Taking good notes in class and learning how to improve on our current note taking skills can give us the key to what we need to read and study for testing.

Advantages of good notes : 

Advantages of good notes Allow you to pay better attention to the speaker. Aid in understanding. Help during test time. Help you complete assignments.

What is a good method for note taking? : 

What is a good method for note taking? There are many different method. None of the methods are right or wrong. Find what fits you best. The five most widely used methods of note taking are the Cornell, Outline, Mapping, Charting, and Sentence Method. Here is a link describing each and giving examples of how and when to use them. http://sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/notetaking.systems.html

Okay, I have it. Now what happens? : 

Okay, I have it. Now what happens? Using this 4 step approach to reduce the volume of your reading has taught you to manage your…. “T” Time. “U” Underline and Highlight Key Terms “R” Restate the terms that you highlighted and listed. “N” Take good notes. Now you can “TURN” down the volume of your text and have more time to enjoy the college experience.

Time for practice! : 

Time for practice! This is an example of a college freshman leveled classroom text. http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=AHBnar7sEIIC&oi=fnd&pg=PR1&dq=introduction+to+psychology&ots=m4Gvv4ztiW&sig=-6PCeUbeMn3nansSOotb2zEvl_w#PPA3,M1 Use the skills that you have learned to practice finding, listing, and defining the key words. If you take these skills and use them for your own classes and textbooks, you can save time and manage your time, have a better understanding of classroom information, and become a better student.

Bibliography : 

Bibliography Carter, T. (2008). Improve time management skills. Accessed online 9/12/2008. http://trainingpd.suite101.com/article.cfm/improve_time_management_skill Gives students good examples and ways to effectively manage their time and create a time journal. Time Management Worksheet. Accessed online 9/14/2008. http://nsbe.ec.uiuc.edu/Downloads/Support%20Page/TimeManagement.pdf Helpful chart that students can use to create their own weekly study schedule and gain weekly routine. Text Feature Presentation. Accessed online 9/14/2008. http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/ttravis-57862-Text-Features-Table-Contents-Index-Glossary-Titles-Subheadings-Bold-Color-Education-ppt-powerpoint/ PowerPoint presentation that gives students a variety of text features and what information that each can provide to students.

Bibliography Cont. : 

Bibliography Cont. Vocabulary Sheet. Accessed online 9/14/2008. http://74.125.45.104/search?q=cache:UWmM2ybcgxEJ:mail.mhrd.k12.nj.us/~kmaier/FOV1-00012D6D/Blank%2520Vocab%2520Sheet%3FFCItemID%3DS0020409F%26Plugin%3DLoft+vocabulary+sheet+blank&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=11&gl=us&client=firefox-a Example of a way to set up a key term list to add definitions. I adapted my own sheet from this example. Paraphrasing and summarizing examples. Accessed 9/15/2008. http://owll.massey.ac.nz/aw_using_authors_1_1_2.html This site provides examplanations and examples of paraphrasing and summarizing. Students are shown good examples of how to summarize and paraphrase. Collegiate note taking styles and examples. Accessed online 9/15/2008. http://sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/notetaking.systems.html Website provides examples of famous and widely used note taking styles. Kalat, J. (2004). Introduction to psychology. Florence, KY: Thomson Wadsworth. Available online at http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=AHBnar7sEIIC&oi=fnd&pg=PR1&dq=introduction+to+psychology&ots=m4Gvv4ztiW&sig=-6PCeUbeMn3nansSOotb2zEvl_w#PPA3,M1

The End : 

The End Presentation By: Brandon Minton Literacy Graduate Student Western Kentucky University Email: brandon.minton932@wku.edu

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