Tips and Tricks for the Semester

Posted on 27 August 2014 by admin

Meramec professors prepare students for class

ILLUSTRATION: MARISSA DIERCKS

ILLUSTRATION: MARISSA DIERCKS

By: MARISSA DIERCKS
In-Depth Editor

St. Louis Community College – Meramec is a place for students to begin and continue their degree, as well as get their general education courses out of the way. For many students, college can be challenging. Four of Meramec’s professors have given their tips for students to succeed in class, as well as how they operate their classes.

Professor of Psychology Dr. Terry Cooper

“Have some interest and excitement about the professions – the interest has to come first.”

“I feel like if I’m doing something lively and interesting, that makes them (students) want to come to class.”

“I think it’s important to talk to students like adults, and not talk down to them.”

“I pay a lot of attention to the amount of enthusiasm a student has, too. I don’t believe people are out there and just don’t want to learn. They’re embarrassed or depressed.”

“It’s important that I be able to say things in several different ways. I try to use a lot of experiences and examples from real life.”

“I want to have as much open communication as possible with my students.”

“Learning never stops. The minute you stop learning, you’re sort of dead, mentally.”

“Enthusiasm is contagious.”

Professor of Psychology Dr. Vicki Ritts

1. Attend class both physically and mentally.

2. Use a planner to keep track of important dates.

3. Read, keep and refer to the syllabus.

4. Pay attention in class. Research shows no one is as good at multitasking as they think.

5. Buy the textbook/other class materials immediately

6. Take an active role in learning (read, take notes and ask questions.)

Professor of Graphic Design Michael Swoboda

“One of the things that makes students successful is love and enthusiasm for what they’re studying.”

“I try to be constantly available for assistance in mentoring.”

Professor of Figure Drawing Rennie Behrend

Top three most important things a student needs to remember in class:

1. Attendance

2. Preparedness

3. Attitude

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