CLS 105 is the study and application of strategic approaches to learning. The goal of the course is to enable students to maximize their learning during college.

Specifically, course content addresses how to apply learning strategies to the requirements of Syracuse University courses. Strategies are presented and practiced in order for students to maximize learning during lectures, readings, recitations, and independent learning situations.

Students become aware of how they learn by exploring strategies in the following ways: (1) what they are; (2) how they are used; (3) when they are used; (4) why they are effective; and (5) how to adapt them. Students create their own strategies by defining their goals, selecting their strategies, implementing them, and evaluating their effectiveness.

Class sessions include lectures, discussions, and one-on-one conferences. Students are required to participate in classes and conferences and to apply the learning strategies in other classes.

Course Outline

  1. Course Introduction: Syllabus and Website, Learning Preferences
  2. Syllabus, Course Structure, and Time Management
  3. Task Management, Study Environment
  4. Time Management, Organizational Patterns, Text Aids
  5. Note Taking: Discussion and Lecture
  6. Graphic Organizers
  7. Reading
  8. Memory
  9. Exam Preparation, Exam Taking
  10. Procrastination, Academic Dishonesty
  11. Motivation
  12. Problem Solving
  13. Stress Management, Collaborative Learning
  14. Collaborative Learning
  15. Self Assessment