May 6, 2004
Summer class to offer college 'survival' tips
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Purdue University is offering a summer class to help current and future college students survive in the classroom.
The School of Liberal Arts will offer the eight-week class, "How to Survive at College," starting June 15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8:50 p.m. The class is open to anyone, including adults returning to school, incoming college students and college seniors preparing for graduate school.
"Too many students spin their wheels when they study," says Sara J. Coffman, instructional development specialist and course instructor. "Putting information into their brains is like trying to put sticky notes on their foreheads, but the sticky notes don't have enough glue on them. In this course, students learn to input and retrieve information so it sticks."
Working in small groups, students practice how to take multiple choice tests, answer essay questions and study with a college textbook. Students also will apply speaking, comprehension and writing skills by reading "Dances with Wolves" and comparing it to the movie.
"Even if a recent high school graduate will not attend Purdue this fall, they can still pick up skills that will help them adjust and prepare for studying at the college level," Coffman says. "On average, students gain two years in their reading ability by taking the course."
For more information about the course, contact Coffman at (765) 494-5110, email@example.com.
Current and incoming Purdue students can register for the class through their academic adviser. Others should contact the Office of Admissions at (765) 494-1776 for fee and course information. Students can register until the first day of class to avoid a late fee.
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