We recommend that all instructors start by exploring each Student Success lesson (click “Explore” on a Lesson title), so that you can get a first-hand experience of what taking a lesson feels like. The Student Success lessons focus on practicing skills which will help students achieve their academic goals. The student experience is exploratory, while being grounded in hands-on skills. They will be able to try various test taking and note taking methods and then evaluate which methods work best for them. In addition, they create an action plan for overcoming an academic challenge by creating a goal, prioritized action steps, and a schedule.
This course is meant to support students’ development in any subject by supplementing their curriculum with skills that will aid them in their academic journey. As an instructor or advisor, you can use these lessons to introduce new skills at the beginning of a course or unit. You can also use these lessons as remedial exercises for struggling students. We provide an Instructor’s Guide which can be found here for more information.
You can teach as much of this course as you feel is appropriate for your students. The lessons were designed so that they can stand alone to address specific student needs, or to form a larger student success curriculum. You can use one lesson or you can teach with all five.
The lessons were designed so that they can be taught in any order or combination. The only guideline we have is that students are assigned Maximizing Your College Experience Part 1 and 2 together in consecutive order. Besides that, it is up to you to determine which lessons make the most sense to support the content of a class or the needs of an individual student.
Student progress through and completion of lessons is recorded on the Smart Sparrow Workspace. To view this, log in to the Workspace, click CLASSES and open the “Reports” tab.
To enroll your students, go to your Class tab in the workspace and click “Enroll Students.” Then simply enter your student’s emails into the dialog box, separating with commas, and click Enroll. Your students will receive an email inviting them to your Lesson(s) and prompting them to create a Smart Sparrow account so that they can access it.
If you’re encountering what seems to be a problem with the course, please do the following: