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Jennifer C Schoen
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

Being successful at this large and increasingly complex university demands high expertise in accessing resources, information and technology. You, as students, will explore human and technological resources, reflect on your own learning styles, and engage professors and advisers in order to become successful college students. You will learn how to connect with the university and become better able to articulate your needs to faculty, staff and peers.

The ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing, is a critical component of success. Weekly journal entries using My Portfolio, a midterm project, and a final in-class oral presentation with a 3-5 page interview report will give you many opportunities to gain skill in writing and public speaking. Classes will be interactive, making attendance and participation in class important.

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Class assignments and grading

Attendance Policy: Only one excused class absence is allowed. “Excused” means that you call Jennifer prior to the beginning of class to let me know you will not be there. A second absence or an unexcused absence requires that you attend a Study Smarter Workshop of your choice and a one-page paper. Any additional absences will result in a grade of NC.

Grading/Course Assignments Assignment Points Journal Entries (10 pts each) 100 Attendance (10 pts each) 110 (includes finals week) 2 Campus Mentor meetings (10 pts/mtg) 20 Final Project Proposal 50 Annotated Bibliography 50 Interview Report 50 Oral Presentation of Interview report 50 Total: 430

In order to get credit for this class, you must have at least 370 points and fulfill the attendance policy.


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.
Last Update by Jennifer C Schoen
Date: 12/30/2003