Academic Skills Workshop

Elective Seminars

KOLT Elective Academic Skills Workshops are designed for group of 4-5 students. Seminar topics include reading, note taking, test taking, effective presentation skills and developing projects.

1. How to Read

Students will be able to understand what they read by applying pre-reading, active reading and post reading strategies.

Strategies introduced are as follows:
  • Getting to know the textbook
  • Brainstorming
  • Cues
  • Asking Questions
  • Scanning
  • Skimming

Students are asked to complete a particular task (sometimes more than one) for each strategy. For example, in ‘Brainstorming’ strategy students are asked to write down a few of their ideas (related to the subject/chapter that they are studying).

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2. How to Take Notes

Students will be able to understand lectures better by taking effective notes.

Strategies introduced are as follows:
  • Reading around the topic prior to lecture
  • Brainstorming
  • Looking for main points
  • Listening to ‘verbal cues’
  • Asking Questions
  • Developing a reliable coding system
  • Cornell Note-taking method
  • Reviewing

Students are asked to complete a particular task (sometimes more than one) for each strategy. For example, in ‘Looking for Main Points’ strategy, students listen to the first 3 or 4 minutes of a psychology, sociology, civilization, physics, economics or biology lecture and identify the main points.

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3. How to Take Tests

Students will be able to understand test questions by applying effective test taking strategies.

Strategies introduced are as follows:
  • Reading directions carefully
  • Previewing questions
  • Reading questions carefully
  • Identifying level of difficulty
  • Organizing information
  • Planning your answer for essay questions
  • Reviewing answers

Students are asked to complete a particular task (sometimes more than one) for each strategy. For example, in ‘reading questions carefully’ strategy students read a couple of psychology, sociology, civilization, physics, economics or biology questions and identify the important parts.

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4. How to Manage Your Time

Students will be able to use their time effectively by applying time management strategies.

Strategies introduced are as follows:
  • Identifying time killers
  • Prioritizing
  • Creating a study schedule
  • Following the schedule

Students are asked to complete a particular task (sometimes more than one) for each strategy. For example, in ‘Identifying time killers’ strategy they are asked to identify and list things/activities which cause them to waste their time.

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