College Learning Strategies – CLST 101

CGX • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/02/2020

Course Description

This course is designed to equip students with the study strategies necessary for success at the college level. It teaches self-management skills such as organization and time management, as well as learning strategies including memory and test-taking. Students are also encouraged to discover their individual learning styles, while incorporating practical application techniques. (Cross-listed with ASCS 101)

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


A number of study strategies are considered necessary for university success. Many students entering higher education lack these requisite skills. This course provides an overview of the study strategies needed for academic achievement at Liberty University or any other academic institution.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the type of learner he/she is and explain study strategies that complement his/her unique way of learning.
  2. Design a personalized time management plan and reflect on how he/she spends time.
  3. Apply selected study/reading/note-taking methods to current course(s).
  4. Illustrate an understanding of the different types of study methods.
  5. Understand the difference between a residential and online course.
  6. Reflect an understanding of the relationship between biblical values and academic knowledge in developing a Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided question prompts for each forum. Each thread must be at least 3 paragraphs of a 7-sentence minimum per paragraph and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 1 paragraph of a minimum of 7 sentences.

Goals Reflection Chart

In a chart format, the student will create 3 well-written, detailed goals (using the format described in the textbook) in 3 different areas of his/her life (personal, academic, and spiritual). The student will list action steps, possible obstacles, resources that can help with the obstacles, and a monitoring approach.

Self-Awareness Reflection Paper

The student will write a paper of at least 3 paragraphs explaining what he/she has learned regarding his/her and motivation level. Each paragraph must contain at least 5 sentences. The student is to respond to the provided question prompts.

Time-Management Log and Reflection Assignment

The student will complete a weekly chart provided in the course to log his/her daily activities. Once the student has completed the chart, he/she will answer a set of 4 questions (in paragraph format) in response to the Time-Management Log. Each paragraph must be a minimum of 5 sentences.

Information Literacy Research Assignment

The student is to use Google to find some information on how a Christian can/should communicate with one of the following types of people: Selfish, Bossy (or Demanding), Angry, Opinionated, or even Shy. The student is to pick one characteristic and review 6 sites. The student is to create a list of 6 strategies from the different resources and post them with the website address beside the appropriate fact, along with at least 3 Bible verses. This is to be submitted in a 4-slide creative PowerPoint, with the first slide being an introductory slide.

Note-Taking Application Activity

The student will take notes on the embedded presentation in Blackboard, using either the Cornell method, a traditional outline method, or a visual map method.

Picture Grams Memory Exercise

Picture grams are a popular way to remember facts. The student will choose 2 well-known education case laws from the list provided and turn them into picture grams. One row will be the case law title; another row will be the description of the law, and a third row will have the date. There must be enough information on the picture gram to match these laws up correctly on a matching test, pick them out in a multiple choice test, or even write a short essay about the case law.

MindTap Assessment Exercises (10)

The ebook correlates with a program called MindTap. There will be some self-assessments to be competed, for the student to have a better understanding on what his/her abilities are.

Open-Book Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain a total of 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit.