Introduction: The five strands of Learning Skills are listed below in the following order: Critical Thinking, Study Skills, Reading, Writing, and Math. New webpages are being created for the Learning Skills, so the remainder will be added below as time permits. I am happy to respond to your questions and hear your comments via e-mail: Gerry Lewin.
Directions: The Learning Skills below are to be applied with course content as a pathway to follow that will break the task down into doable steps. Please adapt as needed for your assignment.
Gina Robledo, 2005 Commencement Speaker & DSPS Student of the Year
This worksheet can be used to organize your thoughts when solving a problem. It has a science orientation in that it uses the term "hypothesis", but can be applied to general problem solving as well.
The purpose is to assist in learning how to take effective notes in the style that best suits how you learn. You will store information in long term memory more effectively when you are actively engaged in the notetaking process as a study method. This also includes instruction is the use of cue words, abbreviations and concept maps, as well as organization.
You are becoming a more active learner as soon as you read or listen and take notes. The Cornell notetaking method has been suggested as a good method to use because it sets you up for studying effectively. Starting with your notes, you identify essentials, and consolidate what is really important to know on summary sheets.
This connects to a much shorter version of a step-by-step writing procedure. I will add the original diagrams for different types of rhetorical styles as time allows. Under the Writing strand is a step-by-step method for essay writing. The organizing stage involves outlining or diagramming. Since diagrams are visual, here is the text-based version describing the diagrams for those who are using screen readers. (The diagrams not under the "O" of TOWER will be posted in the future.)
System for Citing Sources:
This links to a webpage to help you properly cite your sources. The MLA and other styles are represented. Often an excellent paper falls short simply due to improper citations. Ask your professors which style guide they recommend.
Gyrus was a FIPSE grant project producing a pedagogically-based online course builder in which Dr. Stan Nicholson, Dr. Shirley Ronkowski, and Dr. George Michaels, from the UCSB Office of Instructional Consultation, collaborated with SBCC's Mark Ferrer, Faculty Resource Center, Dr. Jerry Pike, Cartwright Learning Resource Center, and Gerry Lewin, DSPS Learning Disabilities Specialist; also involved were Doug Hechter, Mercury Rising Design, and Lee Anne Kryder, UCSB. The portion posted here is from the Learning Skills area, which was my responsibility. If someone else's work was used, it will be cited within the page. G. Lewin