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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:

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

2. It's about more than memorization:

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

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

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. Don't forget to tweet--it pays off:

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

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

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

5. Participate actively:

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

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

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:

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