Fall 20, Issue 10 • October 2020


Start, or restart, here!

In college, your no.1 job is to learn. Pause for a moment and think about how things are going for you so far this semester. Are you managing your time well? Are you taking effective notes during class? Are you happy with your quiz or test grades? Good study skills are key to academic success. The good news is, study skills can easily be improved! To determine what you need to work on to optimize your learning, take the quiz offered by Oregon State University Academic Success Center, "Where Do I Start?" Then, follow the recommendations. Learn more in Related Links.

Where do I start? 5 questions....

Keep your mental health, healthy!

As the semester heats up with papers, projects and deadlines, you'll want to have a stress-free plan for how to get everything done while keeping your mental health in check and avoid burn-out. Learn how by listening to the podcast, "College Is Important. So Is Mental Health. Here's How to Study Without Burning Out." in Related Links.

NPR Life Kit

Taking online classes?

Watch this video to learn five strategies to help you learn better in online classes. This video, which is only eight minutes long, is a must-watch for any student in an online or hybrid course. And, let's be honest, that will be everyone after Thanksgiving. Learn more in Related Links.

Simple Strategies for Actually Learning Online

Do you know why you procrastinate?

Getting to the end of the semester requires effort and a plan! Goals need a plan of action, strategies to keep you motivated, and tenacity on your part, to finish. To keep persistence in check, it's important to recognize and have a plan to mitigate challenges when they pop-up; such as having the wear-with-all to recognize you're procrastinating and then, taking action to stop it. Learn six reasons why students procrastinate and then, use the work sheet located under Check Out These Links to make an action plan to map your way back to getting on track. Watch how it's accomplished in Related Links.

Hana handles procrastination

Have you tried sketchnotes?

Try something different! Do you tend to be more of a free-hand note-taker? Meaning you use a variety of techniques in your note-taking style, such as using an outline format but include some occasional doodles to emphasize an idea or to replace a few words? If this sounds like you, you might want to try sketchnoting. Sketchnoting is a note taking, or presentation technique that captures ideas using a mashup of handwritten words and doodles in an intentional way. Great for students who prefer visual learning strategies. A great way to practice using the Sketchnote technique is to apply it to the Cornell note-taking method. Learn how in Related Links!

Improving Cornell Notes with Sketchnoting Techniques

Study groups work!

Studying in groups is a very effective learning strategy recommended by the office of student success. The process of teaching content to other group members, testing each other aloud or having discussions all contribute to deeper learning and understanding of material for better recall later. Be brave and join a study group or, better yet, start one! Learn how students are studying together online and some of the platforms they're using to do it in Related Links. For guidelines to help you set up an effective study group online, including how to set an agenda, click the "Studying Together Online" link under Check Out These Links, to the right.

How Students are Leveraging Online Study Groups

Tutoring works, too!

Lakeland's Learning Center provides virtual tutoring appointments to all Lakeland students, for FREE! Here's what to expect. You can expect one-on-one attention from your tutor for either a 30-minute or one-hour appointment, depending on the subject. The tutor can help you master course concepts you find particularly challenging and can suggest study strategies that will help you prepare for exams and quizzes. Your tutor can help you with practice problems. However, your tutor can’t help you with homework problems or take-home quizzes or tests! To schedule an appointment, go to myLakeland Schedule It and select "Schedule a Tutoring, Writing Center or Academic Study Skills session" and follow the prompts. Learn more in Related Links.

Learning center

Plan now to be the first in line

Think spring! It may be hard to believe but spring semester is on the horizon. Registration for spring 2021 opens Nov. 9, 2020, at 8 a.m., so now is a good time to take a look at the schedule and start planning your next round of classes. That way, when registration opens, you can be ready to register and get all the classes you need at the very best times.

View the schedule at lakelandcc.edu/spring.

To make sure you’re on the right path, meet with a counselor at Lakeland’s Counseling and Advising Center. They can help you create your schedule and map out the best plan for your academic program or transfer goals. Don’t take classes you don’t need! Call 440.525.7200 to make a phone appointment


October 29 - December 3, 2020
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