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Anne D. Browning
GEN ST 101
Seattle Campus

University Learning Skills

Introduction to university culture. Practice in skills necessary for academic success, including note-taking, test-taking, writing, active learning, and time and stress management. Academic planning. Introduction to university resources.

Class description

THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON’S ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROGRAM is offering two different content areas for Winter Quarter 2014 titled, “Identity and Graphic Novels: Visual Storytelling? and “Smart-Phone, Small-Planet? Identity and Community in the Digital Age?. These courses are great for freshmen, sophomore, and transfer students who are interested in improving their academic performance. Through these courses, students will be presented with interesting course material and will learn strategies to improve their note-taking, essay writing, reading, and study skills. As a part of the course, students will meet with a tutor-mentor three hours per week to work on class assignments and learn about university resources. Sections C & D will be reserved for English Language Learners (ELL) and recent immigrants.

Student learning goals

Study skills including: note taking, essay writing, reading efficiently and effectively for content and time management.

Mentorship: Working one on one three hours per week with a graduate student or upper level undergraduate to assist in socially and academically transitioning to the University of Washington.

General method of instruction

We will focus on in class discussions of the material. Lecture will constitute less than 25% of the class time.

Recommended preparation


Class assignments and grading


Essays - Essays are designed to help students reflect on class topics. Students will be required to write a short essay in response questions related to class themes, readings and discussions. Essays will be submitted as word document e-mail attachments to by 9pm on the day they are due. Late essays will be marked down one grade point per day. Essays will be graded both on structure and on content.

Participation and Attendance - Students are expected to attend every class. One missed class for the quarter is acceptable if the student informs Anne of the absence in advance and makes arrangements to meet with Anne one on one to discuss the material. Missed sessions with tutors must be discussed in advance with the tutor and rescheduled when possible. Participation will be graded based on the student's effort to attempt the methods outlined in the course. Class will meet for two hours a week. Students will meet with his or her tutor twice a week for 90 minutes per session.

Meeting with a Professor - Students will be required to have one individual meeting with the professor of one of the student's classes (no TA's). Students will write a 2-4 page summary of that meeting.

Final Exam - The final exam will be designed to test understanding of the content of the course topics as well as skills in applying strategies taught in the course. The format of the final exam will include five ID's (25%), three short answer questions (30%), and one long essay (45%).


Students will be graded on their e-mail essays, professor meeting reports, and the final. Assessment will be based upon the understanding of content as well as an application of the skill and strategies presented in class. A grade will be issued for each activity worth a certain percentage of the final grade. Students will receive a grade for the course based on their successful completion of the following requirements: - E-mail essay 15pts - Participation and Attendance 25pts - Professor meeting report 15pts - Self reflection essay 5pts - Final Exam 30pts

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Anne D. Browning
Date: 11/07/2013