20890200College Success and Study Skills
Course Information
This course provides learners with strategies to develop skills for success in college. Learners will work on academic skills such as test taking, note taking, reading, writing, memory, etc. Learners will also work on other success strategies such as time management, motivation, goal setting, interdependence, and self-awareness. Learners apply self-management techniques, explore resource management strategies, practice effective study skills strategies, and learn about ways to improve personal effectiveness.
Total Credits

Course Competencies
  1. Apply study skills
    Assessment Strategies
    Skill Demonstration
    demonstrate competence using digital resources and technology to complete assignments
    identify learning preferences and strategies to use in a variety of learning environments
    think metacognitively (problem solving) to change use of study strategies to meet learning needs
    identify memory strategies used for a specific purpose and evaluates effectiveness
    take notes using a variety of formats that reflect key points of a class lecture
    outline key points and applies strategies for reading course materials
    practice strategies used to prepare for a test
    apply strategies to take tests in a variety of test-taking formats (true false, multiple choice, etc.)
    asses the effectiveness of test-taking strategies

  2. Think critically
    Assessment Strategies
    Written Product
    use details to discover larger ideas/abstractions
    examine existing ideas and develops new possibilities or options
    manage and interprets information and formulates logical arguments
    recognize ideas to abandon as no longer relevant or false information
    recognize reliable evidence and experiences to form sound arguments and conclusions
    think creatively about missing assumptions and/or creating alternative solutions
    present logical arguments to others through writing and verbal communication

  3. Demonstrate emotional and physical well-being
    Assessment Strategies
    Written Product – Plan
    build emotional vocabulary to use as a compass to reach goals/dreams
    manage emotions to avoid unwanted decisions or outcomes
    utilize stress management techniques and self-care activities as prevention tools
    apply empathy in recognizing differences and shared identities in emotional experiences
    seek help and support when challenged with emotional and/or physical well-being
    identify and utilize appropriate apps to promote well-being

  4. Display self-awareness
    Assessment Strategies
    Written Product
    Verbal Report
    identify core values about oneself, others, and the world
    identify personal perspectives and world views that influence decisions
    recognize personal bias and assumptions based on firsthand experiences
    identify self-defeating patterns that impact success with strategies to overcome challenges
    identify positive patterns that promote personal success

  5. Analyze inner motivation
    Assessment Strategies
    Written Product – Life Plan
    identify life dreams
    identify intrinsic and extrinsic motivators to success
    analyze how intrinsic and extrinsic rewards affect motivation
    create a life plan for success that includes long and short-term goals for major life roles
    utilize strategies to manage barriers in reaching goals
    evaluate from the process of attaining goals

  6. Employ self-management strategies
    Assessment Strategies
    Skill Demonstration
    Written Product
    track and create awareness of how to use time as an individual
    assess individual use of time to meet goals
    practice and evaluate a variety of self-management tools (i.e., calendars, tracking forms, lists)
    assess persistence/self-discipline in actions and outcomes
    use strategies to build persistence/self-discipline
    create plan to use self-management tools to be purposeful in actions

  7. Analyze personal financial choices and decisions
    Assessment Strategies
    Written Product - Financial Plan with a Budget
    differentiate between needs and wants
    explore the cost of basic needs
    set financial goals
    track saving and spending
    use resources to obtain credit counseling
    explore funding resources available to college students
    analyze saving, spending, and credit
    create saving and spending budget plan in alignment with goals

  8. Demonstrate personal responsibility
    Assessment Strategies
    Reflection, Report
    identify the role of an individual in making decisions
    identify positive and negative decisions related to academic and life choices
    appraise strengths and weaknesses to decisions made
    analyze the potential consequences and outcomes of decisions
    make choices based on analysis of a decision that would be most effective
    identify actions needed to implement a decision and follows through
    obtain feedback on outcome of decisions, assess effectiveness, and learn from mistakes

  9. Create skills for interdependence
    Assessment Strategies
    Team-based Activity and/or Group Project
    utilize college and community resources to build support network
    practice established principles and ground rules of communication, reflecting mutual respect
    demonstrate respect for cultural differences
    demonstrate respect for the opinions of others
    engage in productive roles in group interactions
    practice active listening and honest, purposeful communication with group members
    give and accept constructive criticism
    acknowledge group members’ responses with encouraging feedback
    demonstrate ability to compromise to reach group consensus
    assess strengths and weaknesses of self and others
    analyze effectiveness of group interactions

  10. Connect with the larger community (optional)
    Assessment Strategies
    Plan, Experiential and/or Community Project/Activity, Reflection
    describe the benefits of service learning
    identify service learning opportunities within educational institution and community
    develop and execute collective service learning opportunity with other students
    reflect upon experience of participation within the service learning project
    identify and report on the positive intent and outcomes of the service-learning project as it resonates with your worldview
    create a personalized service learning plan