- What do you like about the class?
- What works well for you specifically to be successful in this class?
- What strategies have you found for doing well in my class?
- How can I be a better teacher?
Here is an example announcement he shared in a class at the beginning of the quarter to help students "see" how to be successful in his class by "seeing" it from the experiences of others:
>> Hi everybody!!
>> Each quarter I send out this list of suggestions that students have e-mailed me over the years describing their strategies for doing well in my classes. I hope you find it helpful!!!!!!!!!!!
>> NOTE: A special thanks to all those students who have sent in their suggestions in the past.
>> Please find their suggestions below:
>> This class was to me difficult at first as I have never had much interest in this field of study etc, but one needs to be open to learning.
>> Other than the quiz's, which I do less than stellar on, what works the best for me to take each assignment and discussion board in pieces.
>> If I try and tackle the big picture for the week it can be a little overwhelming. It helps to break it down and focus on one thing at a time and in the end it all comes together.
>> I am sure because I am a little older than most of the students that makes a difference also, as I work a little harder to figure out how I can bring myself up to the challenge and respectfully complete my assignments each week.
>> The teacher providing feedback also allows us to be more successful in the class.
>> Every week I print out the unit content for the week. Then I highlight everything that I need to do and then once I complete each task I cross it off.
>> In this course it is important to provide an in depth analysis of the assignments/discussions.
>> Even if you think you are not on the right track, or stray from the topic- your effort is noticed! Especially when the assignment requests your opinion, your opinion can never be wrong.
>> Pay attention to the instructor's feedback, it provides you with great advice on how to improve your performance.
>> Use the skills you have developed in English composition. (Always use Spell-check!)
>> And last of all, effective time management. This is a skill that will get you through all of your courses.
>> If you are like me and procrastinate, there is still hope yet! Figure out what works for you and stick to it.
I encourage you to give this strategy a try for yourself and let me know how it goes!
Online Instructional Specialist