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Study Guide (2) - Geography of Texas Learning Resources...

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Geography of Texas – Learning Resources COURSES: GEOG 305-502 Lectures are in HECC 209 every MWF 1020-1110 GEOG 305-501 Lectures are in HECC 207 every MWF 1130-1220 INSTRUCTOR : Dr. Erik Prout Instructional Assistant Professor Ph.D. LSU 2001 Of±ce Hours : Tuesdays 11-12 and Wednesdays 1-2 Also by appointment (and special times before exams) CSA 301-C (Teague Annex) Phone: 979-458-3379 (Geography Department 979-845-7141 / fax 979-862-4487) Students can email: [email protected] or [email protected] COURSE POINTS: You can use this table to keep track of your points on each evaluation. Evaluation (date): Possible Points Class mean Score on Evaluation (# correct) Your number Correct on evaluation Class Mean Points Your Points Atlas Exercise 100 Midterm II 250 Midterm III 250 Midterm IV [250] Final Exam 400 TOTAL = 1000 = = Study Guide master, p. 1
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Observations and Advice 1. Rule of thumb on TIME. For every hour of lecture, you should anticipate 2-3 hours of study time outside of class. Therefore, a three unit lecture implies an average commitment of over ten hours a week. This is why 12-15 units are traditionally called full time because it occupies one ʼ s work week. Obviously, certain weeks require more time than others, but you should be spending a minimum of 1-2 hours reviewing notes and maps each week. Then of course, you need to plan for much more time when tests and due dates come around. • Many students claim to study a lot, but do they? You probably shouldn ʼ t claim you study enough if you aren ʼ t committing 5 hours, and don ʼ t claim you study hard if you ʼ re not putting in over 10 hours a week. The real question is what sort of learning strategy works for you/ Therefore, only you can determine what is enough study time for you to have effective results. • Study hard but balance your time with those things that make you happy, healthy, and/or proud to be an Aggie. There are numerous activities to occupy your time—both university excused and pure distraction. Yet, at the end of the semester, I do not judge your spirit; I evaluate your academics (in my class not holistic). • Time Management: make schedules, set priorities, and take responsibility. 2. The essence of an educated person is LITERACY . University studies require a high level of reading and writing. Unfortunately, we cannot read just for pleasure, we need to read dif±cult things with complicated ideas and technical nuances. Reading a textbook is a rite of passage—yes they are boring and fact laden—deal with it. • Read, read, and read. Not all material can be covered and elaborated on during lecture; textbooks and readings are an essential component of higher education. On occasion, students ask me about how to do better on the next test, and when asked, they confess they did not read or read effectively the textbook. There is no excuse for not reading at a university. • Texas A&M is a top-notch university! A colleague of mine likes to say, A&M is the big leagues. The value of
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