CHAPTER 9 JOURNAL ACTIVITIES How Motivated Are You? How hard are you working this week to achieve your goals? If you had to estimate, how many hours per day are you spending doing reading, assignments, and exam preparation per day? How many days out of the week are you doing academic tasks outside of class? To be successful in college, you need to make academics your top priority. What is your top priority right now? Are you willing to spend four to five hours outside of class at least five days per week to achieve your goals? Are you willing to spend five or more hours per day seven days a week to achieve your goals? Why or why not? Evaluate Your Strategies and Your Motivation Think about the strategies that you learned about in this chapter. Select the strategy that helped you the most so far this semester. Briefly describe how you used the strategy in one or more of your classes. How did it help? Did using the strategy increase your success? How? Did using the strategy increase your motivation, too? Why or why not? Take Notes on Different Textbooks Choose one of your textbooks and take written text notes as you read the first ten pages of the chapter. Then repeat the process with each of your other texts. What did you notice as you read and took notes on each of your texts? Did taking notes improve your understanding as you read some of your texts? Which ones? Why? Did you feel that you didn’t need to take notes on some of your other textbooks to understand the material? Which ones? Why? What changes do you plan to make now that you have experimented with taking text notes? Experiment with Mapping Text Information What was your reaction as you read the section on mapping in this chapter? Do you think you would benefit from mapping the information in your texts? Why or why not? Read the next ten pages of each of your textbook chapters and try mapping the information. Did you feel that mapping the information helped improve your understanding as you read each of your texts? Why or why not? Did mapping help you better organize the information than taking written text notes? Which method of taking text notes do you plan to use for each of your textbooks this term? Review Your Text Notes Select a set of text notes that you took recently. Divide the notes into three sections. Review the first section by reciting the information using the headings to prompt your memory for the details. Review the second sections by replicating your notes—rewriting them from memory. Finally, review the last section of notes by creating recall questions in the margin and reciting the answers from memory. Which review strategy helped you learn the information? Write a paragraph or two describing what you found.