Blackboard: Behind the Scenes

Most University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka classes – both onsite and distance learning – have a course site set up on Blackboard through UAS Online. We’ve created a sample course that contains tutorials and guidelines for using Blackboard. It covers topics such as turning in assignments, communication tools, announcements, quizzes and exams, gradebook features, Web Meeting/Collaborate, uploading video and images, and in general tips for success.

Watch the course introduction below. It has audio, so be sure that your headphones and/or your speakers are on.

If you’d like to take the free course, follow these directions:

Study Technique: Flashcards

flashcardsThere are many different ways to study, and some techniques work better for certain subjects than others. Some students prefer certain study techniques over others. Regardless of the technique used, there are some guidelines that apply to all study techniques.

  • Always begin you study session reviewing the oldest material first. As the week progresses always review the oldest materials-what you began studying at the beginning of the week-at the start of your study session. This helps solidify old material in your memory.
  • Always have goals for your study session. Don’t just grab you materials and try to figure out what you should be studying as you go. Instead, beforehand figure out what you plan to accomplish for the study session. Do you want to memorize a certain number of vocabulary words or a certain number of flashcards?
  • Be sure to take a ten minute break every hours. You  need to give yourself a chance to move around and relax.

Flashcards are a great study technique because:

  • You actually study as you create them.
  • You can mix up their order to challenge how well you know the material.
  • They make it easy for you to have goals for you study session. For example, you could plan to go through 25 flashcards as a part of your study session goal.

There are many online sites where you can search for flashcards by subject or create your own. You can even share them with fellow students. Here are just a few to check out: CardkiwiQuizlet, Flashcard Machine, Studyblue, and Cram. Want a mobile version? Search for ‘flashcards’ on your Apple or Andriod device. You will find free and paid versions.

Be sure to view our short tutorial on How to Study for more great tips on study techniques!

Study Habits

Successful studying is more than just sitting down with your notes and homework. It takes careful planning as well as specific study techniques. A few keys to successful studying include having a study schedule, finding the right study space, and identifying which study technique(s) works best for you. We cover these three topics in our short tutorial How to Study.

Do you use a study technique? Do you know what type of learner you are – visual, auditory, kinesthetic, read-write? Knowing what type of learner you are can help in determining the best study technique for you. Check out this infographic to learn more about the best study practices for each type of learner and for “tips, tricks, dos and don’ts to learn smarter. ”

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Two New Tutorials Posted!

Posts Create Posts in WordPress
This short tutorial will show you how to quickly create posts on a WordPress blog when you are granted access as an author. September 2013. Duration: 15-20 minutes.
Edit Edit Your Posts in WordPress
This short tutorial will show you how to quickly edit your posts on a WordPress blog when you are granted access as an author. September 2013. Duration: 10-15 minutes.

To view the tutorials visit our Tutorial page.

A Good Semester Start

A+ Grade on Homework

Starting your semester off with good habits is easier than trying to break bad habits halfway through. Here are a few tips to help you get off to a great start!

Get organized
Organization play a big role in having a successful semester. Read through your course syllabus and add assignment and due dates to your calendar. Check out our tutorial on Time Management for some tips on finding time, managing time, and avoiding procrastination!

Be realistic about your time
Don’t overcommit yourself. Be cautious about taking on extra responsibilities at home or work, especially if you are taking more than 3 credits.

Take notes
Taking notes is a key part of being successful in college. Taking notes forces you to pay attention to what you are listening to or reading. Not taking also helps you do a better job of remembering what you learn. We’ve created a great tutorial on Note Taking for lectures as well as for reading.

Study!
Successful studying is more than just sitting down with your notes and homework. It takes careful planning as well as specific study techniques. Find out about three keys to successful studying in our How to Study tutorial.

Maintain your health
With classes underway, you should still aim for getting the same amount of sleep every night. It is important to continue to have free time and exercise time. You should add free time and exercise to your daily calendar just as you would an appointment or class assignment. Eating a healthy diet will also help keep you mentally sharp.

Soon you’ll have papers to write and research to do. Be sure to check out our other tutorials on Basic Grammar, How to Write an Essay, and how to avoid Plagiarism.

Tutorials to Help with Summer Semester

Are you signed up for summer semester? Don’t forget about the many tutorials designed to help you be more successful in your classes! We currently have the following short tutorials available:
E-learning concept

  • Time Management
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Basic Grammar
  • Email Etiquette
  • How to Study
  • Note Taking
  • How to Write a Basic Essay
  • Plagiarism

You can view the tutorials on your computer or iPad. Be sure to check them out!

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