Gen-105 Student Survival Guide

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Student Survival Guide
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GEN-105
March 20, 2011
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Student Survival Guide

A student survival guide will serve as a path to success for University of Phoenix Students. In these last nine weeks I have amassed a load of knowledge, techniques, and new practices. From all of this I have found new and improved ways to better myself as student, an employee, and a person. In this paper I will cover using Axia’s Educational Resources, Upholding Academic Honesty, Setting and Achieving Goals, Managing Time Wisely, Fostering Reading Comprehension and Retention, and Applying Personality and Learning Styles.

Axia’s Educational Resources are the first piece in this survival guide. The only way to succeed in school is to have a good foundation of educational resources. Resources such as an excellent online library, writing center, guides to APA format, downloadable appendices, etc, are all the early building blocks in what you will need to succeed in college. I have used the resources, such as the APA format guide and downloadable audio features many times. These are two of the many educational resources that have aided in my learning and retaining of material. The University Library is probably the most helpful spot as a student when doing work for a class. In the past, a typical college student would have to venture to an old university library and search through shelf after shelf trying to find a book that would hopefully have some material you could use in it. Now, the online library is as easy to navigate as something like Facebook. Self explanatory tabs at the tops of the page and a search bar make finding even just a simple article a walk in the park. Up holding academic honesty is another very important task on this road to personal success and survival. This policy may be a little confusing if this is the first time you have dealt with it, but breaking it down into a few small sections will hopefully make it easier. To help myself better understand this policy I broke it down into: Plagiarism, Fabrication, Deception, Cheating, Bribery, and Sabotage. If you can avoid all of these when writing a paper, doing an assignment, or participating in class, you will be golden. I have found that the tricky one to fully understand is plagiarism. I have never plagiarized in my life but I have been accused of it. From that, my teacher gave me a zero on a very important paper. Even though after the school investigated because I filed a complaint, they agreed that while I didn’t plagiarized, I didn’t cite some of my work and the teacher had every right to do what he did. Citing sources are one of the most important things to remember when writing a paper or completing any assignment for that matter. I learned the hard way that by not citing someone else’s words or work can trigger the academic honesty red flag. Ways of avoiding all of this are such things as citing every source you use as a reference, don’t copy large portions of text, use your own original work, and never buy a paper off of a website. Sticking to original work is your best bet in staying true to the academic honesty policy. One of my most useful aspects of this survival guide is setting and achieving goals. By setting small goals instead of trying to conquer the main task at hand, you will actually save time, reduce stress, and accomplish your goals with ease. You can even apply this technique to your everyday life by setting long and short term goals. Take for instance, I set a long term goal of retiring at 60. To accomplish this, I have to bank a certain amount of money every week into an IRA, stay focused on my job, and make sure all of my finances are in order. My short term goals are currently to maintain an A in this class and stay a day ahead of all my due dates. Setting little goals to achieve the big goals is a great way to achieve success. Life will always throw unexpected obstacles in your way but these little goals will help keep you head...
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