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Chapter 1: Learning Through Class ParticipationClass ParticipationHow Well Do I Participate in Class?Pre-TestWhat Do Teachers Expect?A Plan to Improve Your LearningBut What if I Am Shy?Chapter 2: Assessing What You KnowHow Well Do You Participate?Preparation, Participation, and ListeningChapter 3: Preparing to Be an Active ParticipantClass Participation Starts Before You Even Get to ClassPreview and Predict the CourseDo Your AssignmentsGo to Class!What Does This Actually Mean?Chapter 4: Active ListeningWhat is Active Listening?Self-Monitoring Your Concentration SkillsAs You Listen, Pay Attention to Verbal CuesChapter 5: How to Contribute to the DiscussionAsk a QuestionDeveloping a QuestionWhen to Ask Your QuestionAsk for ClarificationGive an OpinionChapter 6: Active ParticipationGive and TakeOffice HoursFollow These Rules for Success!Pop Quiz!Extra'sCertificate of CompletionStudent Learning Support Tutorials http://www.sfsu.edu/~ctfd/tutorials 1 | P a g e STUDENT LEARNING SUPPORT TUTORIAL PRODUCED BY THE CENTER FOR TEACHING AND FACULTY DEVELOPMENT CLASS PARTICIPATION: MORE THAN JUST RAISING YOUR HAND CHAPTER 1: LEARNING THROUGH CLASS PARTICIPATION CLASS PARTICIPATION College courses are meant to advance knowledge. Learning on the college level requires that you connect yourself with information and materials and actively participate in class. Take our survey to evaluate how well you participate in class now. HOW WELL DO I PARTICIPATE IN CLASS? If you saw me in class, you could describe me as: a. That person in the corner looking out the window. b. The person who monopolizes class discussions. c. The person with prepared notes and questions and ready to participate. d. None of the above. IF YOU PICKED C – GIVE YOURSELF 3 POINTS My teacher probably thinks during class that I: a. Suffer from tendonitis since I never write anything down. b. Am the next Picasso based on all the doodling that I do. c. Wrote the textbook since I always know what it said without even opening it up. d. None of the above. IF YOU PICKED D – GIVE YOURSELF 3 POINTSStudent Learning Support Tutorials http://www.sfsu.edu/~ctfd/tutorials 2 | P a g e Check all that apply: a. I contribute to the discussion every week in class. b. I check my email during class. c. I could give classes in study skills since I exhibit them so well. d. I read the text five minutes before class starts for the first time. IF YOU PICKED A – GIVE YOURSELF 2 POINTS IF YOU PICKED C – GIVE YOURSELF 2 POINTS PRE-TEST Use the information below to see that your score really means. 10-8 – You’ve got the right idea! Participation is a regular part of what you do in class. This module can provide you with some additional ideas on how to participate in class and how to use different strategies and ideas to improve your participation. 5-7 – You’re on the right track. You may need some ideas on how to continue to get better. 2-4 – Uh-oh! Let’s get to work. Participation isn’t something that just happens – you need to make it happen! 0-1 – You’re having a class participation emergency! Take extra notes during the module so you can put these ideas to work right away. WHAT DO TEACHERS EXPECT? Your teacher requires that you read and discuss assignments and projects to enhance and bring about student leaning. Listen carefully when your teacher goes over the participation expectations and guidelines – he or she may not take class time to go over this again and it will be too late if you realize at the end of the semester that you should have been participating more. Teachers often give instructions on how they would like you to participate. Most teachers view participation as a way for the class to discuss the material as a group and they welcome student interaction through questions and comments during class. A PLAN TO IMPROVE YOUR LEARNING Class discussions are often necessary to learn. Your contributions to the discussion should be well thought out and address the subject in depth or detail. Your ability to participate depends on the work that you put into it. To participate well, you should build a plan that will help you develop your skills and contribute ideas to the course.Student Learning Support Tutorials http://www.sfsu.edu/~ctfd/tutorials 3 | P a g e Hot Tip: In addition, it is a good idea to understand your individual learning style that you can implement into your participation. Check out the EXTRA’s section of this tutorial for a link to a quiz you can take to evaluate your personal learning style and develop participation strategies that work for you. BUT WHAT IF I AM SHY? If you are a naturally shy person, building a participation plan will be even more important. Don’t give up! Over time you may find it easier to speak in class. Finally, remember that your instructors and peers are there to support and help you. CHAPTER 2: ASSESSING WHAT YOU KNOW HOW WELL DO YOU PARTICIPATE? There are many parts to class participation. Take this quick survey to find out where you should focus your effort. What are some things you do in class? (Check all that apply): ask questions check my email gossip with my neighbor do the reading from last week do the reading for next week take notes think about other things give my opinion during discussion do homework for another class use my cell phone raise my hand focus my attention on the instructor check out my neighbor listen when my peers ask questions What are some things you do before class? (Check all that apply): do all of the assignments prepare discussion questions or points of clarification to ask meet with a fellow student to discuss ideas get a lot of sleep run - I’m usually late! review the syllabus What are some things you do after class? (Check all that apply): do my homework right away party until the next class meeting go through my notes write up ideas for questions for next week go to my professor’s office hoursStudent Learning Support Tutorials http://www.sfsu.edu/~ctfd/tutorials 4 | P a g e PREPARATION, PARTICIPATION, AND LISTENING Preparation — much of the learning on college goes on outside the classroom when you are following up on class discussion/material after class preparing for the next one. Set aside time for these activities and follow some of the guidelines in this tutorial and you


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