College is not something you do just when you have the time.
Instructor: Jim Roth
Office: Main Building, 211T
Office Phone: 533-7058
Required Books and Materials:
· The Teal Packet sold in our bookstore
· Timed Readings, Third Edition, Book One
· A three-ring binder for The Teal Packet (1 and ½ inches or wider) and other course handouts
· A set of inexpensive three-ring binder dividers
· Access to a hole punch
· A USB Thumb Drive
Please read the following carefully and ask about anything that is unclear. This is what you and I agree to in regard to this course and will be followed closely to be fair to everyone.
This course is designed for students with various backgrounds and needs. It provides excellent help for:
Ø Students who have been out of school for a while.
Ø Students who have just graduated from high school but need better skills to be successful in college.
Ø Students who have had a less than positive earlier school experience.
Ø Students who lack self-confidence.
Ø Students who want to maximize their time and success in college courses.
Ø Students who will face a very demanding program of study.
Some of what we cover this quarter may not apply immediately to your classroom situation, but rest assured that you will need all of these skills throughout you college experience. I assure you that the effort you put forth in this course will directly affect how well you will do in future courses—mastering key study skills and then applying them to future courses can mean at least a full grade point better in those courses.
Skills you will have the opportunity to learn and/or improve include reading speed and comprehension improvement, note taking skills, research and library skills (quickly and correctly finding the information you need), textbook and chapter skills, memory training skills, test taking skills, vocabulary improvement skills, writing skills, and general classroom skills. These skills require an on-going commitment from you to practice and master them: They cannot be taught—you must practice them to master them.
A personal note
Some of us may not have been the best of students earlier in our school experience. If this applies to you, do your best to give up old, negative educational attitudes and habits. This quarter offers you the opportunity for a fresh start, so please see it as such and consider that if you want something different from your S.C.C. experience, you may have think and act differently to get it. One of life’s truths is that if you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get what you’ve always gotten. Therefore, if you are unhappy with the results of your earlier school experience, you likely will have to think and act in new ways to achieve a different result.
Over the years, I have found that successful students have two qualities. The first is readiness: These students enroll at S.C.C. because they want to be here and are ready for a change. New students who feel that they have to be here or those who are here because they have no place better to be will likely struggle. The second quality is perseverance, which is the determination to keep attending and doing the work no matter what. Perseverant students are not necessarily the brightest ones, nor are they the ones in a hurry to get a degree; rather these students realize that college is a step-at-a-time experience, and that obstacles and challenges will be a part of the experience.
In short, the vast majority of students who eventually walk across the stage and receive a degree are ready for this experience when they begin, and do not quit, even in the face of hardship and sacrifice.
FIRST THREE DAYS ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT
In order to be eligible to continue in the course, a student must have attended regularly the first three days of the quarter or have made arrangements with the instructor in advance.
I do not take attendance because I believe that at the college level, attendance is the student’s responsibility. Unlike earlier required school participation, enrolling in college is a choice you freely make; in addition, it is a privilege, not a requirement. Therefore, it is your choice of whether to take advantage of it by attending or not.
CLASSROOM CONDUCT and BEHAVIOR
No student has the right to interfere with another student’s opportunity to learn. Because of this, I expect all of my students to act like responsible, socially-skilled adults or they will be asked to leave the class and/or drop the course. In addition, please turn off all electronics including cell phones, I-pods, mp3 players, etc. Since attendance is optional, if you would rather be calling, texting, or chatting with friends during class time, please do so rather than attend class. Please see the S.C.C. Student Code of Conduct for more information.
Though pass/fail assignments receive no points, they are vitally important to your mastery of the course. Each Pass/Fail Assignment must be submitted complete on or before its due date for a student to be eligible for a quarter grade above 1.9.
I do not accept late assignments for any reason unless you make arrangements in advance. However, you may make up one assignment according to the Making Up Assignments Guidelines below.
MAKING UP ASSIGNMENTS GUIDELINES
To allow for the unexpected, you may make up one missing assignment without penalty according to the following guidelines:
Ø You must attach your da Vinci late assignment form to your late assignment in order for it to be accepted. Once you have used this one late assignment option, I will accept no more late assignments from you no matter the reason unless you made earlier, prior arrangements to submit the assignment late. No excuses and no exceptions, so please don’t ask.
Ø The assignment must be made up within one calendar week of its due date.
Ø Pop Quizzes, Miscellaneous Points Awards, the oral report, the research summary, and the Comprehensive Final cannot be made up in any way even if you have made arrangements in advance.
THE WEB SITE
Please visit my school web site often. On it you can check your grade, find announcements, assignments, due dates, calendar updates, handouts, and additional resources. Just go to . If you need help getting to this site, please stop by my office for a demonstration. In addition, I have reserved Computer Lab 1220 on Fridays throughout the quarter. We will do an orientation shortly.
YOUR FINAL GRADE:
Each assignment, test, or quiz will be worth a certain number of points. Please see the Study Skills Point Values Sheet for more information. Your course grade will be determined by the percentage of the total points you've earned converted to a decimal using the attached percent-to-decimal scale.
S.C.C. uses the decimal grading system. I will first convert your grade to percentage by dividing you total points by the total points possible. I will then convert your percentage grade to a decimal grade using the chart below. The decimal value will appear on your grade sheet and transcript.