Study Skills and Good Reading
Module I welcomed Allannah Karas, Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures at Valparaiso University, IN, who spoke about study skills. Her talk went much deeper than practical skills such as time management—she spoke about the importance of acquiring an attitude of wonder, and appreciating the beautiful things around us. When we learn to do this, even in the apparent monotony of quarantine, we can cultivate a sense of curiosity for our studies and a desire to continue to learn more. In a mindfulness exercise, the participants then journaled about ways they can improve and make the most of “quarantine time.”
During the 2017 session, the Unit I Participants learned about Study Skills and Good Reading with a fun game of book bingo. The speaker was Natalie Saenz, graduate from Princeton University and PhD candidate in Chemistry at Columbia University. For the breakout session they headed to the New York Public Library Main Branch to experience both the architecture and the Library's quiet studying atmosphere.