How to Thrive in ENG 122

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College Reading & Writing I
How to Thrive in ENG 122
Reading and writing are super powers that give you the ability to change yourself, your future, and your world. Harness your powers and learn how to understand complex ideas, solve sticky real-world problems, and persuade people of your claims.
01   Dive In Headfirst and Go Deep
To learn complex skills like reading and writing learners must engage learning activities deeply and mindfully. Being /engaged/ in a learning activity means working deliberately, purposefully, intentionally, and with sustained effort. Unlike in high school, where most of the learning takes place in class in teacher-directed activities, in college, much of the learning takes place outside of class in learner-centered activities. You'll need to plan enough time to engage deeply in homework activities, rather than doing them simply to get them done. Expect to spend two to three hours preparing for each hour spent in class. Because we expect you to be a committed and connected learner (rather than a compliant learner - see next panel), you'll need to manage course logistics and communication well: follow the course calendar, keep an assignment planner, use handouts and other course resources, read your email, and ask questions. You can expect to be challenged by the learning activities in this class, so be persistent (don't give up when it gets tough!), give the work the effort it requires, and ask for help from your peers and your professor.
In this course you take your first steps towards reading and writing as an expert. While you already have considerable literacy skills, you need to learn how experts use reading and writing to answer questions, solve problems, and get things done. Accept that being a beginner at these kinds of literacy skills means that your work might be difficult or confusing, that you may need help, and that you'll certainly make mistakes (and learn from them). Hang in there, be persistent, keep trying, and don't give up.
02   Embrace Being a Novice Again...
Work consistently and persistently using a robust process: Prepare, work, assess, rework, refine, publish
Be present and curious during learning activities: Look for meaningful patterns and connections in ideas and information
Spend more time than you might think analyzing the components of a problem, idea, text, or situation
Be open to new ideas and complications: Look for anomalies, new problems, complications, and questions
Monitor their own performance, strategies, and tactics to build on what's working, and change what's not
03  ...But Act Like an Expert (even if you aren't one yet)
Experts do things differently from beginners. No one's born an expert. But in order to become an expert, you have to practice acting like one. Start acting like an expert from day one and before you know it, you'll be an expert. Fake it til you make it! What do experts do that novices don't?
See mistakes or failures as learning opportunities
This block is perfect for comparisons Try breaking the main differences into bullet points to keep it concise
Unsuccessful students often: • Believe that the course is a hoop to jump through on their way to the courses in their major. •Skip class or arrive unprepared for class more than occasionally, miss deadlines •Split their attention, allocate too little time, or work without purpose or with tired brains

•See learning activities as disconnected, separate assignments or busy-work
  •Expect learning to come from the activity of the teacher •Believe that their reading and writing won't get much better even if they try to improve •Skip readings, read passively without making an effort to make sense of difficult or complex passages, read strictly for information or quotes to use, see each reading as separate from others.

•See Writing Lab as another hoop to jump through
04 Choose Success
Successful students: 

• Believe that learning to read and write like experts has value for them and their future.

•Come to class, prepared, every time, meet deadlines 

•Give all learning activities their full attention and best effort, working with a purpose

•See learning activities as connected to one another, building skills and attitudes through practice 

•Take responsibility for their learning 

•Know they can improve their reading and writing with time, practice, and coaching 

•Do the reading, all of it, working actively to make notes, forge connections, understand and test ideas, argue back, re-read, see individual readings as connected to one another 

•Embrace Writing Lab
Being able to read and write like experts do is worth the time and effort it takes to learn how. For the best experience and the most growth, embrace the challenge and give this class your best. When it's time to take your place as an expert in the community, you'll be happy you did.
Your Success Depends on YOU