Instructor: Regina Popper


SEMESTER: Fall '99

Dear Student:

Hello and welcome to COLLEGE 100! We will be joining each other in a journey of discovery that will lead us to knowledge, to growth and to action! Achieving our personal success is not a mystery but comes from putting the following qualities into action in our lives:

Sincerity (from deep within one says, "I'm all right; I'm heading toward my goal, my truth, my dream.")

Understanding ("I believe in what I'm doing, and I understand all the ramifications of what I'm doing.")

Courage ("Reaching for my goals may demand some changes and leaving the comfort zone.")

Charity ("I am ready for the kind of sharing generosity that will benefit all and not just myself.")

Enthusiasm ("I want to feel enthusiastic about what I do though I may need some boosting encouragement along the way and time to refuel now and then.")

Stability ("I will persist steadily in moving toward my goals until each one is completed!")

Satisfaction ("I will give myself a pat on the back and enjoy it!")

The ideas about success above must certainly come from centuries of wisdom, but they were presented to me at a workshop about achieving one's goals. What is your "heart's desire"? your dream? your goal or goals? The sooner you and I identify them -- and the clearer they are-- the sooner we can begin to make them happen. By being completely honest with ourselves, and following the steps toward success, we can find the best that is in ourselves and achieve the best that we have set as our goals.

For the first eight weeks of the semester, we will meet as a class. Some of the content of the course is directed by research on what it takes to be successful in college. Some of the content will be determined by what you express as your needs.

For the second eight weeks I will meet with you individually several times and serve as your guide or mentor. My goal is to help you "breathe easier" because you have enhanced your knowledge, skills and confidence to be a success in college. I hope you will also help me to breathe easier.

If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, reactions, etc....come by my office or give me a call. I am looking forward to a semester where we create an accepting atmosphere so we can risk, grow, learn, and succeed together.

Have fun!

Regina Popper





Instructor: Regina Popper

Office: Communications South - C-154

Phone: Office - 595-2263 (evenings: 962-1287)

Office Hours: M-W-F 11 a.m. to noon / M-W 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

T-Th 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m./ T-TH 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. & by appointment


Philosophy of Course:

The underlying philosophy of this course is based on the following three assumptions:

l. There are no secrets.

2. There are no victims.

3. There are no solos.


1. Textbook: Becoming a Master Student 8th ed. by Dave Ellis

2. Three-ring, 1 inch binder with pocket dividers (sets with note paper and a three-hole punch are available for about $8.00 in the bookstore alongside of our textbook)

3. Three-hole, looseleaf paper (no torn edges, please!)

4. 3-hole punch

5. mini-stapler at home to secure assignments

6. Fact Finder (To be distributed by instructor, also free in the Student

Activities Office)


College 100 is designed to set a foundation for your success in college so you can attain your educational and career goals.



By the end of our semester together, I hope you are able to:

l. Express confidence about your ability to succeed in college.

2. Utilize campus support services to achieve your educational goals.

3. Apply appropriate study skills and strategies.

4. Function as an effective member of a diverse learning community.

5. Explain and defend why you want to go to college.

6. Evaluate choices to make decisions about your education and career.

7. Apply effective time and task management skills.

8. Design strategies to take responsibility for your own learning.

9. Identify one person on campus as your mentor.



Week 1 Becoming acquainted with each other and the course.

Getting and staying organized:


a. Study syllabus, Introduction and Chapter 1

b. Purchase class supplies

c. Complete Exercise #1 in text

d. Time Management

e. Answer questions for Discovery Wheel

Week 2 Getting Acclimated to our campus and college life


a. Scavenger hunt

b. College terminology

c. Review Discovery/Intention Journals


Week 3 Internet and E-mail Training; Library exercise

Week 4 Applying appropriate study skills and strategies


a. Discovering how you learn

b. Study portions of Chapter 4

c. Study portions of Chapter 5

Week 5 Test-taking and Memory strategies


a. Study portions of Chapter 6

b. Study portions of Chapter 3

Week 6 (To be determined by results of student Discovery Wheels)


Chapters to be determined

Week 7 (To be determined by results of student Discovery Wheels)


a. Chapters to be determined

b. Begin informal paper

Week 8 Deciding what's next (career, education plans)


a. Study portions of chapter 12;

b. Continue informal paper. (cont'd)


Second 8 weeks - one-on-one conferences and informal paper completed

*A more complete customized HOMEWORK CALENDAR will be developed based on the results of the Discovery Wheels.



As much as I/we hate it, everything must boil down to a grade. Here are the details:

Grading Scale

 Class Participation 100 points  450 - 500 = A
 Final "Success" Paper 100 points  400 - 449 = B
 Homework/Journals 250 points  350 - 399 = C
 Resource notebook 50 points  300 - 349 = D
   0 - 299 = F

ATTENDANCE: Earn 25 bonus points for perfect attendance! Remember that attendance is a large portion of your Class Participation grade. NOTE: Six or more absences in a Monday-Wednesday-Friday class (or four or more absences in a Tuesday-Thursday or Mon-Wed class) are considered excessive and may warrant your withdrawal from the course. Of course, if you are very ill you should not come to class. Please notify the instructor if you will be absent and stay in touch. Any extended illness will require a note from your doctor.

SPECIAL NEEDS: If you have a need for special arrangements, note taking assistance, enlarged handouts or other accommodations because of a documented disability, please come and talk to me privately. If you have a documented disability, please contact the Access Office at 513-4551.



To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson