Core Assessment 3 Study Skills
Core Assessment 3
Study Skills Learning Outcome:
Students will define and explain strategies for effective studying.
Name: _____________________________VARK Learning Style: __________________________
Assignment: Complete the Learning Styles Assessment Exercise 3.3 on page 61 in the
textbook or found on Moodle Session 5 “
VARK Learning Style Assessment” to
identify your primary VARK learning style. From the following list, find your primary
learning style. Then choose ONE of the assignment options listed under your primary
learning style and complete it.
If used, both the textbook and any additional resources should be cited. All
assignments will be evaluated on attention to detail and development of ideas.
Note, you must request permission to select an assignment that is not your primary
VARK learning style or you may be asked to redo the assignment.
DUE: Class Session # 7
Visual Learning Style Assignment Options
Select any one of the following options if “Visual” is your primary learning style.
(1-V) Flow chart- Make a flow chart to show how you will proceed before, during,
and after a test. The flow chart should demonstrate a step-by-step process
students should go through to effectively study. Personalize the chart to show
exactly what you do. Be as clear and specific as possible – apply the
information to a recent or upcoming test if possible. Plan to present your
flowchart to the class. The flowchart can be handmade or computer-generated.
A Quality Flowchart
 Is neat, clear and demonstrates thought and planning
 Is visually attractive and readily understood
 Contains the 3 categories: Before, During and After
 Contains a minimum of 10 steps
(2-V) Storyboard- Create a storyboard for a movie or comic book comparing at least
4 poor study habits and their pitfalls to at least 4 good study habits and their
benefits. The cartoon or visual representations of the story should be neat and
the storyline thoughtful and coherent exemplifying care and planning. Present
storyboard to your classmates. Your storyboard can be handcrafted or
computer-generated.
A Quality Storyboard
 Is neat, clear and demonstrates thought and planning
 Is visually attractive and readily understood with a coherent story
 Exemplifies at least 4 poor study habits and their pitfalls
 Exemplifies at least 4 good study habits and their benefits
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(3-V) Mind Map - Create a mind map self-portrait of you and how you learn. (See
sample created on FreeMind on workbook page 50 and a written description on
workbook page 61.) With you in the center of your mind map, be sure to include
at least 6 branches (such as ideal study conditions; interests; preferred teaching
styles; preferred learning styles; memorization; study tips; etc.) and all the
necessary supporting sub-branches (minimum of 3 per branch.) Your mind map
can be hand drawn on a minimum 11X17 sheet of paper. You can download
several free mind map software programs if you want to create a computer
generated mind map. Care should be evident in its creation. Present your mind
map to your classmates.
A Quality Mind Map
 Is neat, clear and demonstrates thought and planning
 Contains at least 6 main branches with a minimum of 3 supporting subbranches per main branch
 Uses a minimum of 6 different colors
 Contains a minimum of 6 icons or pictures
 Follows the guidelines for good mind map structure
 If hand-drawn, it is on a minimum 11X17 sheet of paper
(4-V) Diagram - Compare studying in a group with studying on your own. Conduct
research in order to understand the following: What are the benefits of both?
What are the drawbacks? What are the conditions needed for an ideal study
group? What are the ideal conditions for studying alone? How do you form and
maintain a quality study group? Create a diagram comparing the two.
Consider a Venn diagram. Be prepared to present your findings and diagram to
the class. Consult a minimum of 4 sources and include a works cited page.
A Quality Diagram
 Is neat, clear and demonstrates thought and planning
 Is visually attractive and readily understood
 Includes a work cited page with a minimum of 4 sources
 Fully develops answers to the questions posed above
(5-V) Chart/Graph – Keep a log of how you spend your time in one week. Record
everything! Compile the results. Make a chart or graph comparing how much
time you spend on different activities. Analyze the results. Make a second chart
or table with a minimum of 3 proposed changes you can do to make your study
time more productive. Along with the two charts, submit your log and present
your findings to the class.
A Quality Chart/Graph
 Is neat, clear and demonstrates thought and planning
 Is visually attractive and readily understood
 Chart 1 Includes all the required information and supporting log
 Chart 2 includes all required information including at least 3 proposed
study time improvements
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Aural Learning Style Assignment Options
Select any one of the following options if “Aural” is your primary learning style.
(1-A) Learning-Style Discussion- Discuss your VARK preferences that affect learning
with your family or friends. Do they agree with the results? Discuss at least 3
study strategies you have employed and at least 3 new study strategies you will
try to incorporate based on your learning style. Consider the 10 conditions for
optimal learning (text book page 52-55). For each of your classes, reflect on the
10 conditions and see if they are being met. If not, discuss suggestions to help
create the optimal condition to improve your learning. See if your family or
friends agree with your plan. In conjunction with your family or friends, complete
and submit a Learning-Style Discussion Survey found on Moodle under
assignments in the Session 5 block in a folder titled “ Forms and surveys for aural
assignment options.” Your family and friends will jointly complete the participant
portion. You will complete the ACA student portion.
A Quality Learning-Style Discussion
 Includes submission of a fully completed Learning-Style Discussion Survey
Form
(2-A) Post-Class Discussion- Invite a classmate for coffee or a soft drink immediately
after class to talk over the lecture you’ve just finished listening to. Did you hear
the same thing? What do each of you consider the lecture’s main points?
Compare notes and fill in missing gaps, generate new questions and discuss
main essential information. In conjunction with the classmate, complete and
submit the Post-Class Discussion Survey and a copy of your notes from the class
you discussed. The Post-Class Discussion Survey can be found on Moodle under
assignments in the Session 5 block in a folder titled “ Forms and surveys for aural
assignment options.” Your classmate will complete the discussion participant
portion. You will complete the ACA student portion.
A Quality Post-Class Discussion
 Includes submission of a fully completed Post-Class Discussion Survey Form
 Includes submission of a copy of course notes from the class discussed
(3-A) Teach it! - Reconstruct one of your instructor’s lectures and then present the
lecture yourself in your own words to someone else. Submit an outline or notes of
your reconstructed lecture. Complete and submit the Teach It Survey Form
found on Moodle under assignments in the Session 5 block in a folder titled “
Forms and surveys for aural assignment options.”
A Quality Teach it! Assignment
 Includes submission of a fully completed Teach It Survey Form
 Includes submission of your lecture outline or notes
(4-A) Radio Show- Create and record a radio show or podcast. Your show could be
a call-in show with questions you answer or a public service announcement /
infomercial. The topic should relate to information covered in either Ch. 3 or 9.
Make sure at least five main ideas from one of those chapters are examined.
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The length of the final product (show or infomercial) should be between 3-5
minutes. Bring an audio copy to play in class. Special note, consider using the
college’s radio station to help with your project or possibly broadcast it when
complete! The radio station is located in the lobby of the S&T building, phone,
451-8486 or email at [email protected]
A Quality Radio Show
 Demonstrates research and understanding of material covered from either
Ch. 3 or 9
 Includes at least five main ideas from the chapter(s) examined
 Is between 3-5 minutes in length
 Demonstrates care and planning
(5-A) Peer Interview- Select a student you feel exhibits model study habits or
academic performance and interview them. If they are not in ACA, have them
complete the VARK on page 61 in the textbook or found on Moodle Session 5
“VARK Learning Style Assessment.” The final assignment needs to be typed and in
complete sentences. Using the following questions, type your fellow student’s
response and then complete a 7-10 sentence reflection on how you can use the
information from the interview to make you a better learner. With the exception
of question 1, each question should be in paragraph form with a minimum of 5
complete sentences.
1. Include the name of the person interviewed and date of interview.
2. What type of learner are you? How have you made adjustments when your
learning style was in conflict with an instructor’s teaching style?
3. Describe your ideal study environment.
4. Please describe each class you are taking and indicate how long you study
for each one.
5. What things interrupt your studies, and how do you deal with those
distractions?
6. What specific study techniques do you use when preparing for a test?
7. How do you approach a major writing assignment?
8. How far in advance do you begin studying for a test?
9. Briefly describe what NCC professors can do to meet your learning style
needs.
A Quality Peer Interview
 Is typed and in complete sentences
 Presents the response to each question in paragraph form with at least 5
sentences
 Includes a reflection that is thoughtfully constructed containing a minimum
of 7 sentences
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Read/Write Learning Style Assignment Options
Select any one of the following options if “Read/Write” is your primary learning style.
(1-R) Case Study- Select one of the following student case stories: Ch. 3 “Tammy Ko”;
Ch. 8 “Katie Alexander”; Ch. 9 “Kevin Baxter”. Read the case study and the
supporting material in the chapter. Then type a minimum 2-page report on your
selected case study answering the following questions.
 Tammy Ko
1. What do you have in common with Tammy? How are you
managing the situation so you can be successful?
2. Is Tammy smart? If so, in what ways? What is she particularly good
at? What multiple intelligences seem to be her strong suit?
3. What sensory modality does Tammy prefer for taking in
information? Does she learn best by viewing information through
charts and graphs, by talking and listening, by reading and writing
or by actually doing things? How are you able to draw that
conclusion?
4. What are the differences between Mr. Caldwell’s teaching style
and Tammy’s learning style? How do these differences affect
Tammy’s learning?
5. What should Tammy do to become a better learner in Mr.
Caldwell’s class?
6. Consider the possible outcomes for Tammy and finish your paper
with a paragraph or two ending Tammy’s story and the case
study.
 Kevin Baxter
1. What do you have in common with Kevin? How are you managing
the situation so you can be successful?
2. Why is Kevin experiencing problems remembering course content
in his philosophy class? List 5 reasons you identify from the case
study.
3. Is Kevin too old to learn? Why or why not?
4. Identify, discuss and exemplify five memory techniques that Kevin
could use to help him memorize all the names and terms he needs
to know.
5. Consider the possible outcomes for Kevin and finish your paper
with a paragraph or two ending Kevin’s story and the case study.
 Katie Alexander
1. What do you have in common with Katie? How are you managing
the situation so you can be successful?
2. Katie is probably an intelligent student, but she has decided that
she dislikes reading and studying, so she avoids it. Elaborate on
how important these two skills will be as she continues to pursue a
college degree? Is she likely to succeed her second time around?
Why or why not?
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3. How would you characterize Katie as a student? Identify five
specific problems described in the case study that could interfere
with her college success.
4. Identify three specific things Katie should do to get her college
career on track.
5. Consider the possible outcomes for Katie and finish your paper
with a paragraph or two ending Katie’s story and the case study.
A Quality Case Study
 Is at least 2 full pages (typed and double-spaced) in length
 Shows evidence of having read the text in the form of examples and/or
direct quotes
 Fully answers all questions posed
 Has been proofread for grammatical and mechanical issues
(2-R) Survey Says!- Create a survey to discover the most popular ways that students
study here at Nash:
1. Ask students how, when, and where they study.
2. Ask them to identify their greatest study or learning challenges in
one of their courses this term.
3. Tally the results.
4. Based on the results, create a minimum 2-page essay explaining
how to study effectively; this essay should be based on the
shortcomings of methods of those you surveyed. Also, include tips
on how students can overcome their learning challenges.
Remember to cite any sources you use.
5. Submit the survey, results, and essay.
A Quality Survey and Reflection
 Is at least 2 full pages typed
 Shows evidence of having conducted a survey by referencing specific
examples
 Fully answers all questions posed
 Has been proofread for grammatical and mechanical issues
(3-R) Write a Script- Develop and type a script for a movie or play comparing poor
study habits and their pitfalls to good study habits and their benefits. The storyline
should be thoughtful and coherent exemplifying care and planning.
A Quality Script
 Is at least 2 pages typed and is in proper script/dialogue format
 Tells a clear story from start to finish (in other words, there’s a beginning,
middle, and end) about good versus bad study habits
 Reflects course material and the text based on what the characters say
and do
 Has been proofread for grammatical and mechanical issues
(4-R) Internet Research & Resources- Search the Internet for useful sites for help with
studying. Which sites offer the most practical and complete tips? Summarize
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findings in a typed hand out you will share with all of your classmates. Make sure
each site is described in detail using your own words and includes examples of
the useful information found at the site. Include all references for easy access.
A Quality Handout
 Summarizes/assesses at least 5 websites to assist with study NOT mentioned
in class
 Is at least 2 full pages typed
 Is neat, attractive, and contains all information a student would need to find
the website
 Has been proofread for grammatical and mechanical issues
(5-R) Chapter Summary - Based on Chapter 3, summarize who you are as a learner:
1. Focus on what you learned about yourself from the chapter
assessments.
2. Follow your summary with at least 4 key strategies you consider
important and relevant to your learning style or desired study skills
acquisition. These strategies can come from chapter 3 or 9 as well
as a source outside the text. If you use a source outside the text,
please provide the title and author of that source when you refer
to information from it.
3. Finally, describe how you will incorporate these strategies into your
study routine.
A Quality Chapter Summary
 Is at least 2 full pages (typed and double-spaced) in length
 Shows evidence of having read the text in the form of examples and/or
direct quotes
 Fully answers all questions posed in the prompt above
 Has been proofread for grammatical and mechanical issues
Kinesthetic Learning Style Assignment Options
Select any one of the following options if “Kinesthetic” is your primary learning style.
(1-K) Scrapbook-Create a colorful, dynamic scrapbook that shows a portrait of you
and how you learn. It should include a comparison of your poor and good study
habits. Include at least three new techniques you will try.
A Quality Scrapbook
 Is attractive, neat and organized showing evidence of care and planning
 Includes pictures, photographs or drawings
 Includes pages on you and your learning style
 Includes pages on poor and good study habits
 Includes at least three new study techniques
(2-K) Game-Develop an interactive game the class will play or watch others play
that teaches concepts from chapter 3 or 9. For example, you could create a
game of Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, or Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? -just to suggest a few. You are expected to provide the materials for actual play.
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Make sure the game covers the necessary content, is neat, and easily seen by
the class. Be prepared to play a portion or all of the game.
A Quality Game
 Exemplifies care and planning
 Shows evidence of having read the text in the form of game content,
questions or answers
 Includes clear and easily understood directions
 Includes all the materials for actual play
(3-K) Show off Demonstration- In a 3-5 minute presentation, demonstrate to the class
at least five memory or study techniques that work for you and at least one new
technique from the text or external research you are willing to try. You need at
least one thoughtfully chosen or crafted visual aid for each technique –
minimum of six. If at all possible, tie-in your techniques with an upcoming test
and share the results. Grading emphasis will be placed on both the content and
delivery of the presentation.
A Quality Show Off Demonstration
 Includes a minimum of 6 visual aids that exemplify care and planning
 Includes at least 6 study techniques (5 that you have used and 1 new one)
 Includes explanations and descriptions of each technique that are welldeveloped and planned
 Is between 3-5 minutes in length
(4-K) Video Production- Create a video ready to show the class. The video should be
3-5 minutes in length and highlight and elaborate on key concepts from either
Chapter 3 or 9. Your video should be tasteful, exemplifying quality effort,
planning and execution. The format of your video is limited only by your
creativity; it could be a scene, music video, infomercial, news report, game
show, etc. You could consider tying in with the college television show Nash In
Action also located at the radio station in the S&T building, phone, 451-8486 or
email at [email protected] They may even broadcast it!
A Quality Video
 Is 3-5 minutes in length
 Exemplifies care and planning
 Shows evidence of having read the text in the form of topics, examples,
quotes , storyline, and/or overall content
(5-K) Field Trip- Go on a field trip to a tutoring facility off campus such as Sylvan
Learning Center. Gather as much information as you can about how they help
people study, learn and perform better academically. What obstacles do many
of their clients face? What techniques seem to work best? Include your
impression or opinion of the experience and what you learned. Type a minimum
2-page paper or plan a 3-5 minute PowerPoint presentation to explain what you
discovered to the class.
A Quality Field Trip
 Includes evidence of visit and research through the submission of a 2page typed paper or 3-5 minute PowerPoint presentation
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 Fully answers the questions posed in the above
(6-K) Webpage-Create a Web Page that is at least one page long. The focus of your
Web Page is highlighting good study tips that work for you. The tips should be
detailed and relate to key concepts from chapters 3 or 9. There should be at
least five tips with detail and examples. You should include at least five links (one
per tip). The Web Page should be visually appealing, easy to navigate,
organized, and accurate with properly cited content. You will show the Web
Page to the class. Note, you are expected to create a webpage prototype but
actually publishing it to the web is optional.
A Quality Webpage
 Is attractive, easy to navigate and organized
 Shows evidence of care and planning
 Includes a minimum of five well-developed tips and five working links
 Shows evidence of having read the text in the form of tips, explanations
and examples
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RESOURCES FOR ALL ASSIGNMENT OPTIONS:
Direct links can be found on Moodle under assignments in the Session 4 block in a
resource titled “ Links to core 3 study skills resources for all assignments.”
1. glogster.com : A Glog is an interactive visual platform in which users create a
“poster or web page” containing multimedia elements including: text, audio,
video, images, graphics, drawings, and data. http://www.glogster.com/
2. Comic Creator: If you just search comic creator, you may find several websites
to help you develop a storyboard, comic strip etc. Once such link is
http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/comic/index.html
3. Xtranormal: With Xtranormal, you can create animated movies. You simply
select certain settings, type dialogue and action and cool stuff happens. For
example, there is a “superheroes” Geico commercial running that was created
using Xtranormal. You will need to create an account, and there is a cost
based on the “points” used in creating your movie. You pay for your movie
once you “publish” it. However, you don’t have to pay while a movie is “in
progress” so you could experiment to see if it is worthwhile to you.
http://www.xtranormal.com/
4. Digital Story Telling: Explore this link for developing a digital storyboard.:
http://courseweb.lis.illinois.edu/~jevogel2/lis506/howto.html It includes both
guidelines to digital story board creation and links to free software.
5. Blogging: www.blogger.com This works seamlessly with Google/Gmail.
6. Podcasting: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ is a website for audio only
podcasting. Easy to use. You can record sound, edit sound and save files in
multiple formats.
7. Mind Mapping: There are several free mind mapping software programs
available. The one used in the example came from Freemind.
http://freemind.en.softonic.com/
8. Webpage: There are several software programs that you may choose to use
for developing web pages such as Dreamweaver. You can also search the
internet for webpage templates and find several free sites. Once such option
is http://www.wix.com/create/website
9. Forms: The forms for Aural assignments 1-A,2-A, and 3-A can be found on
Moodle under assignments in the Session 4 block in a folder titled “ Forms
and surveys for aural assignment options.”
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CORE ASSESSMENT 3 EVALUATION RUBRIC
Student Name_________________________________________
Learning Style Evaluated:
Visual
Aural
Read/Write
Kinesthetic
Specific Assignment Completed: _________________________________________
Student completes the VARK Learning Styles Assessment.
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VISUAL
Student completes one of the VISUAL learning style assignments.
Student follows the assignment-specific instructions. (It is typed if required; includes
citation of sources if required; includes any required documentation or visual aid, etc.)
Student’s assignment is well executed, accurate, neat, and organized. It demonstrates
planning, effort and attention to detail.
Student’s assignment demonstrates a higher level of thought and depth of
understanding for the study process and learning style.
AURAL
Student completes one of the AURAL learning style assignments.
Student follows the assignment-specific instructions. (It is typed if required; includes
citation of sources if required; includes any required documentation or visual aid, etc.)
Student’s assignment is well executed, accurate, neat, and organized. It demonstrates
planning, effort and attention to detail.
Student’s assignment demonstrates a higher level of thought and depth of
understanding for the study process and learning style.
READ/WRITE
Student completes one of the READ/WRITE learning style assignments.
Student follows the assignment-specific instructions. (It is typed if required; includes
citation of sources if required; includes any required documentation or visual aid, etc.)
Student’s assignment is well executed, accurate, neat, and organized. It demonstrates
planning, effort and attention to detail.
Student’s assignment demonstrates a higher level of thought and depth of
understanding for the study process and learning style.
KINESTHETIC
Student completes one of the KINESTHETIC learning style assignments.
Student follows the assignment-specific instructions. (It is typed if required; includes
citation of sources if required; includes any required documentation or visual aid, etc.)
Student’s assignment is well executed, accurate, neat, and organized. It demonstrates
planning, effort and attention to detail.
Student’s assignment demonstrates a higher level of thought and depth of
understanding for the study process and learning style.
TOTAL POINTS
LETTER GRADE
RUBRIC SCORE
GRADE RANGE
90-100
80-89
60-79
1-59
0
20
0-20
0-20
0-20
20
0-20
0-20
0-20
20
0-20
0-20
0-20
20
0-20
0-20
0-20
(0-100)
(0-4)
RUBRIC SCORE
4
3
2
1
0
DESCRIPTION
Exceeds Expectations
Meets Expectations
Partially Meets Expectations
Did Not Meet Expectations
Did Not Attempt Assignment
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