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Advice from Past Students

COMM 221: Introduction to Digital Media, Fall 2017

1. Readings are useful, important, and central to the class:

My biggest advice is to READ and TWEET! Also be sure to interact with your classmates and share ideas. Class discussions will go a lot smoother that way #XUComm221

— Michael Langford III (@MikefromComm) April 24, 2018

Another piece of advice I would give students would be to make sure you are taking the reading and tweeting seriously. It can be easy enough to forget but doing it helps with in class discussion. #xucomm221

— Spencer Stibbe (@spencer_stibbe) April 24, 2018

This class is much easier and less stressful if you stay on top of your tweets! #xucomm221

— Aengus (@aengusKN) April 24, 2018

Before class, go through what your classmates have been talking about with the hashtag. Sometimes they catch many things you may have missed, even if you already responded to someone’s tweet the night before. #xucomm221

— Rob Nolan (@nolanr_1) April 24, 2018

Future Students: make sure you keep up with the readings and are always prepared for class discussion. You don't want to be the person who can add anything to the discussion. #xucomm221

— Drew Maxwell (@DrewMaxwellXU) April 24, 2018

For future students: I STRONGLY recommend reading and tweeting each class. It may seem like small busy work but you'll most definitely be prepared for class and it makes studying way easier. Good luck to you all! #XUCOMM221

— Grant Godbey (@gregariousgrant) April 22, 2018

I recommend doing all of the reading + watching the videos. It may cross your mind to skip the readings or the videos I promise they will be immensely helpful when the time comes to discuss them in class. #XUCOMM221

— Kylie Lomelin (@kylie1564) April 23, 2018

One tip I have is to come prepared to class. It's difficult to follow along if you don't do the readings #xucomm221

— Harlan (@hlov221) April 23, 2018

My advice for future students would be to always make sure they're up to date with tweets & readings before they go into class! Otherwise you're just gonna be sitting there confused :/ #xucomm221

— Samuel Green-Lauber (@Sam_GL3) April 23, 2018

I would recommend making sure to be thorough in your readings; they will help on the midterm, final, and writing your essay #XUCOMM221

— Kaitlyn (@kaptainkatattac) December 7, 2017

an important tip would be to know and understand the key terms that show up in some of the readings. It helps with your understanding of the material and it also helps with the tests #xucomm221

— دخيل (@DeenaDakhiel) December 5, 2017

I would tell future classes to make sure that you do the readings, most of that class for that day is based on said readings, and you'll be lost without them! plus then you don't get the interesting information they provide! #XUCOMM221

— Johnathon O'Halloran (@Crazey4wwe) December 7, 2017

FOR FUTURE CLASSES: Read as much as you can because all the different activities revolve around the readings. I also recommend you take notes while you read so you are extremely prepared each day. #xucomm221

— Hill Billy Hunter (@XUXavi96) December 6, 2017

I’d recommend the next students who take this course to take the time to do and understand the readings since class discussion helped everyone the most imo #xucomm221

— Joe Lostoski (@Joe_Lostoski) December 7, 2017

One piece of advice I would give to future classes would be to thoroughly read the reading at the beginning of the semester regarding computing because later things build off of those thoughts and ideas #XUComm221

— Claire Comer (@claire_comer98) December 6, 2017

My main tip for incoming students would be to do the readings before class and make sure you highlight or take notes. On days when I was running behind and didn't get to the readings, I felt I was less effective in the class #XUCOMM221

— Gabrielle Mooney (@gabrielleXU18) April 23, 2018

2. It's about more than memorization:

I feel like I benefited from the small groups, as we would talk about the material very carefully so that everyone can understand the information. Groups were especially helpful when learning about past technology. #xucomm221

— Dominic Riggio (communication) (@dominicriggioxu) April 24, 2018

Not using the banking style in class really helped me understand the material better. We got to talk and discuss most aspects of the issues we read about. #XUCOMM221

— Pat (@PatKnapinski) April 24, 2018

One of the things I liked about the active learning style technique was the daily tweets. It helped me break down the main arguments and concepts. It also made me have an active mind while reading because I wanted to pose purposeful questions to the class. #XUCOMM221

— Grant Godbey (@gregariousgrant) April 22, 2018

I would tell future Comm221 students to keep an open mind about learning since there are multiple types of learning utilized in the course. I found that this helps with finding the style that works best for you #xucomm221

— Michael Slayton (@mslayton14) April 24, 2018

In #COMM221 I really liked that we had the ability to create our own learning manifesto. Defining what we thought good learning helped me to not only learn from the professor but from my peers. I like taking control of my own learning with the Banking Model! #XUCOMM221

— Gina Elizabeth Genco (@Genco_Elizabeth) April 21, 2018

what worked well for me was collaborating in groups. Groups would differ every class and it allowed me to gain new perspectives that were different from my own #xucomm221

— Michael Slayton (@mslayton14) April 24, 2018

In many of my other classes, I was used to memorizing terms and having to reiterate them on a test. For this class, I adjusted my learning style to apply key concepts to everyday situations. I felt this was more effective than just memorizing terms one time #XUCOMM221

— Gabrielle Mooney (@gabrielleXU18) April 23, 2018

I enjoyed and learned more when applying the concepts from readings to everyday life. It showed that things we learn about matter in the real world, and it helps to remember the important discussions in class. #XUCOMM221

— Kilee Brookbank (@brookbankk20) April 24, 2018

One advice I would have for future students in this class would be to think about the readings and topics not as something to memorize but as something which relates to the world around us #xucomm221

— Amelia McMahan (@Tennislife100) December 7, 2017

instead of just absorbing + regurgitating information, I took an active role #xucomm221

— daphne wilson (@daph_wilson) December 6, 2017

In this class it's hard to think of something that didn't work well, but one thing to keep in mind is not to approach the class as being based on memorizing facts. The class is about learning how digital media is what it is #xucomm221

— Amelia McMahan (@Tennislife100) December 7, 2017

I agree, I think at the beginning a lot of us wanted the details to get the answers but then learned that the big picture was more important #XUCOMM221

— Mal (@malmorale) December 6, 2017

Not just thinking reflectively but thinking critically was really important. It's okay to disagree with a reading if you have good reason to, and that makes for great discussion points with peers #XUCOMM221

— Jessica Griggs (@jessgriggs95) December 5, 2017

I think what worked the best for me in this class was all the discussion based classes we had. It allowed me to understand the information in a better way from engaged class discussion. #xucomm221

— Sarah Schreiber (@SarahSchreiber3) April 23, 2018

3. Take notes, while reading, during activities, and throughout discussion:

I would also suggest that future students take good notes as class can sometimes consist of a lot of important information. #xucomm221

— Dominic Riggio (communication) (@dominicriggioxu) April 24, 2018

advice to future students: take notes while you read!! at first i didn’t take notes but then i realized that i had a hard time remembering what the article was about. but once i did, it helped a lot and i recommend doing so. #xucomm221

— hannah cascio (@hannah_cascio) April 23, 2018

Some advice for future students: read all assigned readings and take notes. While we go over material in class, it was very beneficial for me to take my own detailed notes about the readings! #XUCOMM221

— Luke (@spriter66) April 23, 2018

to future people taking this class, write down everything, when you read take notes and label what papers you are taking notes on so that you can go find paper that obscure quote in your head is from. #xucomm221

— Jack Ezra (@JackEzra4) April 24, 2018

For future students: I recommend taking notes on the big pictures/themes in class and when you read out of class. Through this class, you'll learn in ways you probably never have before, but the material becomes more meaningful & ingrained this way #XUCOMM221

— Kayla Young (@kaylaey_) December 6, 2017

For future classes- Make sure to take notes. The class is mainly discussion but if you take notes on the readings and write down major discussion points, the exams are much easier. #xucomm221

— Sara Prchlik (@SaraPrchlik) December 5, 2017

For future classes- Make sure to take notes. The class is mainly discussion but if you take notes on the readings and write down major discussion points, the exams are much easier. #xucomm221

— Sara Prchlik (@SaraPrchlik) December 5, 2017

In the beginning, I didn't take notes while reading which didn't work out for me. I learned that I needed to so once I did, it helped me a ton and I highly recommend doing so. Also, figuring out what your opinions are on aspects in the readings helps with discussions #XUCOMM221

— Kayla Young (@kaylaey_) December 6, 2017

4. Tweet--it pays off:

Future students: it may seem like a hassle to compose 3 tweets per class, but they helped me comprehend the readings and concepts better. Especially being able to see other students tweets because they could have taken something different from the readings than you did #xucomm221

— Abby Garner (@abbyg_12) April 22, 2018

I would also say to future students to get your tweets done in a timely manner. It makes for a lot better discussion when you have at least a day of going back and forth on twitter about the readings. #xucomm221

— Brendan McCarthy (@BrendanXU18) April 24, 2018

Before class, go through what your classmates have been talking about with the hashtag. Sometimes they catch many things you may have missed, even if you already responded to someone’s tweet the night before. #xucomm221

— Rob Nolan (@nolanr_1) April 24, 2018

Tweeting through the duration of semester really helped me keep up with the reading and understand the content of the class. Tweeting prior to class also made participation and preparation much more easy. #xucomm221

— Sara Prchlik (@SaraPrchlik) December 5, 2017

Give yourself enough time to read course chapters and enough time to tweet/respond to classmates. I had to adjust my original approach to the course load and create a scheduled time to keep on track with the 6 tweets a week. #XUComm221

— Emma Westwater (@westwaterems) December 5, 2017

Being able to tweet after doing the readings helped summarize important points, it was always helpful reading other points of view #xucomm221

— دخيل (@DeenaDakhiel) December 5, 2017

#xucomm221 Future students, helpful tip: For each set of tweets, compose a document at the beginning of each section and add your tweets as you do them. You will thank yourself, because when it is due, you won't have to scramble to put it all together at the end!

— Kristen Dulle (@dullekristen1) April 24, 2018

For future students I would strongly recommend completing all of your tweets BEFORE class. This is helpful because it helps you organize your thoughts before class discussion and also makes sure you don't get behind on them and have to catch up later. #XUCOMM221

— Kylie Lomelin (@kylie1564) April 23, 2018

One thing that I think went really well was the ability to connect and create conversations on Twitter. This allows us to connect with each other before coming to class and discussing the topic further #XUComm221

— Claire Comer (@claire_comer98) December 6, 2017

My advice to incoming students would be to simply read and keep up with the tweets. If you can do that, you will be fine. #xucomm221

— Zach Starzyk (@ZachStarzyk) April 24, 2018

my advice to future students:TWEET! it will help you in the long run. It may seem like a lot but those points can really add up. #xucomm221

— Sarah Schreiber (@SarahSchreiber3) April 23, 2018

Future students: read other students tweets. I know tweeting seems like busy work and sometimes you just want to get it done and move on but there are a lot of good ideas from classmates that will challenge your thinking or clarify a reading #XUCOMM221

— Dana Kremer (@danakremer15) April 24, 2018

TIPS...To be successful in this class you must keep up with all the readings. Also take notes on important definitions/issues the chapters/readings address for the tweeting part of the course. To future students DO ALL TWEETS it's worth it for your grade. #XUComm221

— Emma Westwater (@westwaterems) December 5, 2017

ADJUSTMENTS: I never had a twitter before this class and did not understand the platform, so I had to learn how to tweet and navigate the page. Eventually, tweeting became an important part of my learning, because it was a good way of summarizing the material. #xucomm221

— Hill Billy Hunter (@XUXavi96) December 6, 2017

Writing out my tweets as I went though the text helped me stay on track and go through the readings in-depth. Waiting until the last minute to work on tweets didn't work well...felt rushed #XUComm221

— Emma Westwater (@westwaterems) December 5, 2017

i think tweeting worked really well. it helped me better understand the material and we were able to form discussions on twitter which made participation much easier. #xucomm221

— hannah cascio (@hannah_cascio) April 23, 2018

5. Participate actively:

My advice to future students would be to speak up!! Class is centered around discussion and if discussions are good and productive, it can form relationships with those around you. Also, don't be afraid to speak your opinion because that is what class time is for! #XUCOMM221

— Kilee Brookbank (@brookbankk20) April 24, 2018

Some advice that I would give to students planning on taking the class is to show up to class. Dr. Hinck gives you three freebie days to miss, but don't abuse that. Life is a lot easier if you are actually in class. #xucomm221

— Spencer Stibbe (@spencer_stibbe) April 24, 2018

I would tell future students to make sure they engage in the class discussions and come prepared and read the material for each day, #xucomm221

— Dominic Riggio (communication) (@dominicriggioxu) April 24, 2018

I loved how much student opinion was involved. We weren’t being taught one perspective rather we got to choose what we talked about and focused on. Discussions were driven by our interest and agenda not the professor. #XUCOMM221

— Dana Kremer (@danakremer15) April 24, 2018

To future students, I would recommend doing the reading so that you can be an active participant in the group discussions. #XUCOMM221

— Valerie Tobi (@valerietobi1) April 22, 2018

I would tell future students to utilize in class discussion as a way of learning from the perspectives of other students #xucomm221

— Brendan McCarthy (@BrendanXU18) April 24, 2018

Tips Part 2: I suggest you actively engage in class. We engage with media everyday and it is intended to be interactive. I strongly suggest you participate in class discussions and be prepared to talk to group members in class bc that will help you grasp the topics! #XUCOMM221

— Luke (@spriter66) April 23, 2018

Participation is a key part of this class. It’s important to know that your opinion and voice should be heard and is wanted to be heard in this course! #XUCOMM221

— Casey LaMantia (@casey__lamantia) April 22, 2018

This class is really what you make it. There were readings I was far more interested and invested in and others I wasn’t. I think my tweets and responses reflect that. The information is useful but it’s on you to make the most of what is being presented to you. #XUCOMM221

— Dana Kremer (@danakremer15) April 24, 2018

My last bit of advice would be to really work to connect what you're learning in class with what's going around in the world around you. Almost every week it felt like a found something in the news or popular culture that was related to a topic we talked about in class!#XUCOMM221

— Samuel Green-Lauber (@Sam_GL3) April 23, 2018

Another piece of advice is to be active members in class. Even if you think a reading is boring, don't bring your lack of enthusiasm in class because it does rub off on others and their learning processes #xucomm221

— Toni Carlotta (@ToniCarlotta) April 24, 2018

I agree with this advice. And incoming students should be able to discuss current topics from the world too. Overall, just be engaged in the discussion and continue to learn about those topics outside of class. #XUCOMM221

— Pat (@PatKnapinski) April 24, 2018

I would tell future students to not be afraid to take part in class discussions, it is a step further from the tweets and the discussions can get pretty interesting #xucomm221

— دخيل (@DeenaDakhiel) December 5, 2017

It is very important to come into class with an open mind. Even if you feel very strongly about a certain subject, it is incredibly important to hear different sides or opinions to better formulate your own. #xucomm221

— Rob Nolan (@nolanr_1) April 24, 2018

Tip 1 don’t be shy 2 get into the deep discussions 3 don’t be afraid to challenge yourself #XUCOMM221

— Chris Harding (@chris_hardingc) April 24, 2018

abandoning the banking model has enriched my learning experience + made me an active participant in my education #xucomm221

— daphne wilson (@daph_wilson) December 6, 2017

One part of learning in this class which worked well for me was being able to discusses and hear others idea on a subject, by doing this I was able to learn how topics related to life outside the readings #xucomm221

— Amelia McMahan (@Tennislife100) December 7, 2017

Always be willing to share your opinions and experiences; all sharing is valuable and no ones words are more important than anyone else's! #XUCOMM221

— Kaitlyn (@kaptainkatattac) December 7, 2017

Having a different learning style almost every class made attendance much more easy- the material was never boring because we were constantly changing the way we took in information. I was never dreading attending class because it was always something different. #xucomm221

— Sara Prchlik (@SaraPrchlik) December 5, 2017

Being quiet and close minded won’t just have an impact on your own learning but your grade will suffer too #xucomm221

— Joe Lostoski (@Joe_Lostoski) December 7, 2017

6. Be ready for every day to be different:

The part about class that I enjoyed the most was not knowing what we were doing in class each day. We constantly were changing how we were learning which made class not boring. #xucomm221

— Aaron Klohn (@AaronKlohn) December 7, 2017

For future students I would be prepared to discuss topics and challenge ideas. It makes the class more enjoyable and helps you fully understand the material #xucomm221

— Aaron Klohn (@AaronKlohn) December 7, 2017

#xucomm221 What I really enjoyed about this class is that Dr. Hinck really caters to all learning styles. Every class is different, and it made learning the material more engaging. However it is important you do the readings before class because the class thrives on discussion.

— Kristen Dulle (@dullekristen1) April 24, 2018

This semester, we learned about the content in different ways every class period so I never knew what we were going to do that day. This made the material and class a lot more engaging, gave me a better understanding, and urged me to come to class with curiosity #XUCOMM221

— Kayla Young (@kaylaey_) December 6, 2017

7. Be open:

It is very important to come into class with an open mind. Even if you feel very strongly about a certain subject, it is incredibly important to hear different sides or opinions to better formulate your own. #xucomm221

— Rob Nolan (@nolanr_1) April 24, 2018

to succeed in comm 221, you need to be open to new experiences, learning styles, + ideas. dont say no to anything until you try it #xucomm221

— daphne wilson (@daph_wilson) December 6, 2017

I guess my tip for others would be to try to make as many connections to stuff outside of the reading as possible. That way you're getting the most out of the readings as possible, and the discussions become a lot more meaningful #XUCOMM221

— Jessica Griggs (@jessgriggs95) December 5, 2017

I loved the topics we talked about in class, i loved opening up with my classmates about touchy subjects an sharing the life information that I learned with them. This class has really changed my views of XU. #xucomm221

— Aaron Yan✌🏼 (@aaronyancey) December 7, 2017

Future students need to be open minded and optimistic about sharing their perspectives and viewpoints with fellow students #xucomm221

— Joe Lostoski (@Joe_Lostoski) December 7, 2017

I would recommend for the next class to stay optimistic. Always be willing to learn and accept the information that Dr. H is giving. Its really in tune with our day to day lives and changed our concepts of history. Always be willing to have fun. #xucomm221

— Aaron Yan✌🏼 (@aaronyancey) December 7, 2017

To future students I would recommend being open to group conversations in class. Another tip is to have the readings on hand during class to refer to or look at. #XUCOMM221

— Casey LaMantia (@casey__lamantia) April 22, 2018