Study Skills Portfolio Scavenger Hunt

A WebQuest for Freshmen Seminar

Designed by

Heidi Leonard, Ed.S.

 

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits


Introduction

You are a builder searching for the tools that you need to build a successful college career. You want to find out how to maximize your educational opportunities. This web quest will take you on a scavenger hunt to find the tools for your portfolio to equip you to make the most of your time in university.

Essential Question:  How can you achieve academic success in college?



The Task

Over the next ten weeks students will develop a personal study skills portfolio with all of the following activities included:

  • Study Distraction Analysis
  • Study Skill Checklist
  • Time Audit
  • Beating Procrastination Article
  • Time Management Assessment
  • Personal Goal-Setting
  • Schedule of Recent Experience (SRE) Stress Assessment
  • Stress Management Inventory and Management Techniques
  • Time Scheduling – list 8 considerations of scheduling your time

The study must organize the Study Skills Portfolio in a presentation binder, a three-prong folder, or a 3 ring binder. This portfolio needs to include a cover page, a table of contents page, and all ensuing activities in the process section.



The Process

To accomplish the task, the student will do an Internet Scavenger Hunt to find various resources he or she can use to discover what his or her study habits are like and how he or she can better develop these skills. Learners will access the on-line resources. Students will develop their portfolios by doing the following activities as instructed.

Activity 1:   Study Environment Analysis Inventory 

a.   Click on the icon to take the Study Environment Analysis inventory.

b.   Copy and print the Study Environment Analysis

c.   Write a one-paragraph response to this activity.

Activity 2:   Study Skill Checklist 

a.   Click on the checklist icon and complete the Study Skill Checklist. If you have more than one “yes” in a category at the bottom of the checklist, then these areas need improvement.

b.   Write an one page an action plan for two of your areas of weakness based on the Study Skills Self Help Info on this website.

Activity 3:   Time Audit 

      Click on the clock and conduct the Time Audit.

a.   Complete the Time Use Chart.

b.   Then complete the Summary of Activities for the Time-Use Chart.

c.   Complete the Evaluation of Time Use Summary.

d.   Based on any behavior changes you may need to make, create your ideal schedule using the Planned Weekly Schedule printout.

e.   Write a one-paragraph response to the Time Management Principles.

   Include a copy of all activities from the time audit in the portfolio as well as the one-paragraph response. 

Activity 4:  Beating Procrastination  

             Click on the icon and read the article on Beating     

             Procrastination. Write a self-analysis of ways in which

             you procrastinate and how you can overcome this

             negative habit. If you don’t procrastinate, write an

             action plan for a friend who is a procrastinator.

Activity 5:  Time Management Assessment       

a.   Click on the wristwatch icon to take the online time management test and calculate your score.

b.   Print out a copy of your time management test and score to include in your portfolio.

c.   Analyze your score results and write a comprehensive reflection on your area of strengths and weaknesses.

Activity 6:   Personal Goal-Setting Article/Video 

a.   Click on the icon above and watch the video on the MindTools website.

b.   After reading the Personal Goal-Setting article, develop a list of your personal goals from the categories given under “Your Lifetime Goals”.

c.   Write a few sentences describing details about these goals.

Activity 7:    Schedule of Recent Experience (SRE) Stress Assessment

a.   Read the instructions for the SRE and then take the SRE assessment by clicking on the icon above.

b.   Score your assessment according to the instructions provided and print out a copy of your results to include in the portfolio.

c.   Write a reflection about your level of long-term stress and how, if at all, it has affected your life.

Activity 8:   Stress Management Inventory and Techniques

a.    Click on the above icon. Respond to the questionnaire about your stress level and follow the instructions for each question. 

b.    Write a 2-3 paragraph reflection on your ability to manage stress and some new techniques that you are going to implement in your life based on the information provided on this website and how you are going implement these techniques.

Activity 9:   Time Scheduling  

a.   Click on the above icon and read the article on scheduling time.

b.   Write a 2-paragraph summary about time scheduling.

Activity 10:             Where Does Time Go? 

a.   Click on the hourglass icon and take the “Where Does Time Go?” Survey. Click on the multiply, add, & subtract results

b.   Print out a copy of your results to include in your portfolio.

c.   Then write a 2-paragraph analysis of how you use your time and how you could use your time better.

 



Evaluation

 

Beginning

4

Developing

6

Skillful

8

Exemplary

10

Score

100 Possible

Study Environment Analysis

(SEA)

SEA included in portfolio without written response.

SEA included in portfolio with a poorly written response.

SEA included in portfolio with a good response.

SEA fully completed with a well-thought out, excellent response.

Study

Skill

Checklist

Only the checklist is completed.

Only action plan is completed.

Checklist and action plan are completed, but not thorough.

Checklist and action plan are thoroughly completed.

Time

Audit

Two components of the Time Audit are completed.

Three components of the Time Audit are completed.

Four components of the Time Audit are completed.

All five components of the Time Audit are completed.

Beating Procrastination

Self-analysis or analysis only; action plan excluded

Anti-procrastination action plan only; self-analysis excluded

Good

self-analysis or analysis for a friend with an anti-procrastination action plan

Excellent self-analysis or analysis for a friend with an anti-procrastination action plan

Time Management Assessment

Time mgt test & score included; analysis

of strengths & weakness excluded

Time mgt test & score excluded;  analysis

of strengths & weakness included

Time mgt test & score included with mediocre analysis

of strengths & weakness

Time mgt test & score included with comprehensive analysis

of strengths & weakness

Personal

Goal

Setting

Goals written for 2-3 categories with details or 4-6 goals w/o details

Goals written for 4-6 categories with details or 7-8 goals w/o details

Goals written for 7-8 categories with thorough explanations

Goals written for all 9 categories with thorough explanations

 

Schedule of Recent Experience (SRE) Stress Assessment

SRE Assessment printout without impact reflection

Impact reflection included without SRE Assessment printout

SRE Assessment results included with a mediocre impact reflection

SRE Assessment results included with a thorough impact reflection

 

Stress Management Inventory & Techniques

Reflection includes current stress mgmt strategies only.

Reflection includes ideas for future stress

mgmt only.

Mediocre reflection on current stress mgt & future technique implementation

Thorough reflection on current stress management and future technique implementation

 

Time Scheduling

1 summary  about scheduling time w/several errors

1 summary about scheduling time or 2 s w/errors

2 thorough summarys about scheduling time w/only 2-3 errors

2 thorough summarys about scheduling time w/no errors

 

Where Does Time Go?

“Where Does Time Go?” Survey & thorough 2 s analysis

“Where Does Time Go?” Survey & thorough 2 s analysis

“Where Does Time Go?” Survey & thorough 2 s analysis

“Where Does Time Go?” Survey & thorough 2 s analysis

 

Score

Totals

 

 

 

 

 

 



Conclusion

Many times college students have not had adequate preparation in high school developing their study skills. This web quest has given you the opportunity to assess some components of your study skills and your academic preparation. It is important to get to know yourself so you can make good decisions about how to best tackle your academic endeavors. Hopefully through this web quest, you have learned ways to set goals for yourself, use your time more effectively, manage stress, and develop a plan of action on how to implement better study skills into your future academic ventures. Happy Studying!

 



Credits & References

 

www.bucks.edu/~specpop/Actfrm.htm#assess

www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/studydis.html

www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/checklis.html

http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/TMInteractive.htm

http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/htimesch.html

http://www.mindtools.com/stress/ps/StressKey.htm

http://www.mindtools.com/stress/ps/ScheduleofRecentExperience.htm

http://www.mindtools.com/page6.html

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_88.htm

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_96.htm

http://www.d.umn.edu/kmc/student/loon/acad/strat/time_audit.html

 

 


Last updated on August 15, 1999. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page