In this blog, I'll post ideas, information, resources, and campus/community happenings that are beneficial to you as college composition I students. Make sure you check this blog out regularly. Heck, bookmark it and save the password (it's on the syllabus) so you can access this site more easily. Keep in mind that what I post here will probably not be posted in Blackboard. With that said, let me tell you a bit about our comp I class. It's going to be reading- and writing-intensive, so make sure you plan your schedule accordingly. If you have a planner, USE IT. If you don't, consider getting one, or simply printing out the blank weekly planning page below. I've included my fall planning page so you can see an example of one that's in use. I encourage you to be as detailed when writing down your time commitments as you can. Seeing how you spend your time (even if it's checking Facebook or Snapchat) can help you build better time schedules for yourself. And that can help you succeed as you pursue your goals. The name of the game is to work smarter, not harder!
As you continue working on your goals, consider using the SMART goal idea. Getting in the habit of setting SMART goals will definitely help you succeed. So what are they? The acronym stands for goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. Basically, SMART goals are goals that call on you to write down specific goals, critically analyze these goals, measure your progress, and make any adjustments (if necessary) so that you achieve your goals in a timely manner. See the attachments below. The template on the left comes from Stanford University's School of Medicine and the PDF on the right is one I designed for those of us (like me) who are more visual thinkers and who need to see the interrelationships between goals and what needs to be done. In fact, I regularly use mindmaps, for thinking about writing/home/research projects, teaching ideas and actual assignments, goals I want to achieve, and any other project I'm working on. Please make as many copies of either or both of these templates as you want. I offer them to you to give you more tools that can help you succeed in your college career.