Clark College’s class isn’t a typical class. It is a class that evolves each quarter with each collection of students. Students contribute tutorial articles to the student-managed and produced online magazine, ClarkWP, used in the class notes for future student’s education. We call it legacy content.
Among the legacies left behind each quarter is a collection of tips from students completing the course to help new students learn from their mistakes and successes on how to get the most out of the I course at Clark College with Lorelle VanFossen.
Winter Quarter 2013-14
Here are the tips for future students taking the course from the Winter Quarter of 2013-14.
From Karen Desemple:
In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast.” This is no different. Come to class and pay attention while you’re there! Seriously, miss a class or spend the class time not really paying attention because you “know all this already”, and you’re going to miss stuff. Lots of stuff.
Take your own notes! This means you have to be paying attention. Don’t rely on Lorelle’s notes to get you by. While they’re excellent and you’ll refer back to them regularly, YOU are the best judge of what you think you need to write down to remember. Help you help yourself. Take notes.
Be open to the process of working with other people.
Be brave enough to spew out an answer even if you’re not sure if it’s right. Just be prepared to defend it, and, if it’s wrong, be open to learning why.
Help your neighbor if you can. The best way to reinforce what you know is to “teach” someone else. Plus, your neighbor will appreciate it.
Unless you’re supposed to be working on your computer during class, don’t. As the former teacher of a computer class, take it from me, it feels rather disrespectful. If you’re so smart that you don’t have to pay attention in class and would rather surf the net, then don’t come to class. You’re there for a reason. Respect Lorelle; respect the person that sits next to you. No one wants to listen to you type while she’s lecturing.
Treat what you’re doing like a real world simulation of working for/with a client. Don’t just phone it in for the grade. Do quality work; create something that you will be proud of.