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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
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STSC 1050 - Essential Study Skills for College Success

Credits: 2
Hours/Week: Lecture 2 Lab None
Course Description: This course covers effective academic and study strategies using course material from other classes students are currently taking.  Course topics include self-management strategies, concentration and memory improvement, listening and note taking, textbook processing, content specific reading strategies and vocabulary development, test-taking, test anxiety management, and use of library and college resources.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into ENGL 0950  and RDNG 0950  or above OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher OR course placement into ESOL 0051  and ESOL 0052  and ESOL 1033  OR completion of ESOL 0041  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0042  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0043  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Enrolled in other college coursework to facilitate the application of study strategies and skills.

Major Content
  1. Self-Assessment of Learning Attitudes and Preferences
    1. Learning Preferences
    2. Science of Learning
    3. Metacognition
    4. Motivation
  2. Vocabulary Development
    1. Building vocabulary strategies for comprehension
    2. Memorization and application strategies
    3. Discipline/program specific vocabulary
  3. Information Processing
    1. Memory tools
    2. Text and lecture material synthesis
    3. Strategies for learning in both large and small class sizes
  4. Reading across Disciplines
    1. Critical perspectives of a discipline
    2. Organizational patterns
    3. Comprehend complex texts in academic disciplines
    4. Strategies for active reading:  previewing, skimming, patterns of organization and structure
  5. Time Management Systems
  6. Note Taking
    1. Effective listening and note-taking strategies for lecture
    2. Adaptation of note-taking and study systems by discipline/program
  7. Test-taking
    1. Strategies for before, during and after a test
    2. Reducing Test Anxiety
  8. Annotation/Marking Text
  9. Identify, locate, and evaluate information
    1. library resources/databases
    2. resources/services of the college

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. identify cognitive, motivational, and/or learning attitudes and preferences as it relates to college coursework.
  2. apply the principles of learning and memory to college coursework.
  3. use vocabulary acquisition strategies for both general and discipline/program specific vocabulary.
  4. apply the principles of information processing to college coursework.
  5. apply active reading strategies to discipline/program specific material.
  6. apply study skill strategies to discipline/program specific material.
  7. evaluate academic information as relates to college coursework.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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