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SOPHMORE BENCHMARKS FOR SUCCESS Gregory Sicard
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ACADEMIC BENCHMARKS 1. I will employ critical inquiry techniques in my course work and be able to demonstrate how it benefits me. When I write essays I use critical inquiry when I need to put a sentence in my own words. Critical inquiry techniques helped me comprehend a text by underlining key points which are the facts. I am able to pick out the important facts from each paragraph. Critical Inquiry techniques are extremely beneficial because it is easier to understand what is being read. In high school my teachers never taught me these techniques but I realized that the reading techniques that I used were not as successful as they are now. My performance in my English exit exam was high due to the Critical inquiry techniques that I used when I took the exam. I underlined key points in the readings and annotated words that I did not understand. Critical inquiry techniques are extremely beneficial when I am taking a writing exam, a perfect example was when I took the College Proficiency Exam I was given a reading excerpt and I highlighted important facts. Whenever I found a word that I had difficulty understanding I just looked up the definition and wrote it down on the reading. I believe that I did fairly well on the College Proficiency Exam but it was not based on my knowledge it was based on the tactics that I used to attack the way I did on my essay. The critical inquiry techniques gave me a higher rate of having a greater performance level. 2. I will establish or join an ongoing study group for at least one of my courses. I established a study group with two of my fellow classmates for my core art class. We were previously grouped together in order to speak about a presentation in the course. When it came close to midterms my two fellow classmates and I met up after class and we shared our notes. My classmates and I met at the library and occupied a study room in order to focus and get work done. Establishing a study group was beneficial to me and my fellow classmates. When it is time for finals I will make sure that I make a study group again in order to do well in the course. 3. I will attend tutoring for at least one course in the SEEK Tutoring Center.
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I attended tutoring for my sociology class and I needed assistance studying for my exams. There is a lot of information given in the class and it is difficult for me to know what materials I should focus on. When I went to the tutoring center I was offered help to see how I can study for the next examination. I made flash cards of important facts that were covered in class and this helped me memorize the information. I did not do well in my first examination so I decided to go to the SEEK tutoring center. My first semester we were required to go to the tutoring center and I did not like going there but I realized that whenever I need help I can go into the tutoring center and get as much help I can get.
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