Learning Skills

Learning from
Successes


For General Education 110 and 111

Evaluating Successes

Applying Intentions   Earlier in the course, you were asked to identify and evaluate a success that you've had in some other course and compare it to the work that you're doing in this course. That, of course, is only the first step. The reason you want to evaluate your successes is because you want to repeat them for other assignments and for other classes; in other words, you want to solve your failures by reproducing your successes. Make sense? I guarantee you, if you approach all your classes this way, you'll find yourself always getting consistent results.


The Assignment   On this assignment, I want you to pick out which of the written assignments (not the learning skills assignments) that you did the best on (you can use your grade as a guide). Then I want you to write one or two paragraphs in which you tell me what you did when you composed that essay. What were you thinking? What were you concentrating on? What problems were you working on? How did you use information? How did you prepare for the question? Who did you work with? What did you discuss?
   Once you've done this, I want you to outline how you're going to approach the current written assignment. In other words, I want you to use your entire description of what you did on your successful assignment and then tell me how you're going to do each of one of those things in writing the essay for the current assignment.

Richard Hooker



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