HOSTS- Jeremy Burns, Matthew Scott Phillips
TYPE- Special Topics
BUMPER MUSIC- "The Hummingbird Brings Back Tobacco" (Matthew Scott Phillips)
ANNOUNCER- Mike Cunliffe
This episode addresses the music student and their study habits. We will focus on how to make the best of your time, both inside and outside the classroom. We will also give you a glimpse inside your professor's head when it comes to your interactions in the classroom environment.
ATTEND EVERY CLASS
-This is a good way to way to be taken seriously by your instructor.
-You can avoid unnecessary stress by consistently keeping up with your lessons.
SIT AT THE FRONT OF THE CLASS
-Hear better. See better. Be more engaged.
-This makes it easier to establish a rapport with your instuctor.
-At the front of the room, there are no distractions between you and the subject matter.
Here is a link to an article in USA Today, regarding Chris Hakala's findings:
-Don't let modern technology distract you from your focus on the subject at hand. Texting, messaging, engaging in social media and watching web videos can all divide your attention.
-Multitasking can also distract your fellow students.
-According to a recent study, students who engage in multitasking tend make lower grades than those who don't. Here's link to an article regarding the effects of mulitasking in the classroom:
TURN OFF YOUR PHONE
-It's really a simple matter of etiquette. Phone rings and notifications can distract you, your fellow students and your instructor. It's everyones responsibility to contribute to a good learning environment.
BE WELL RESTED AND ALERT IN CLASS
-Schedules can be taxing, especially for musicians. We have to do homework and practice our instruments. Try to allow plenty of time for rest and recharge your batteries so you can absorb at maximum capacity during your time in the classroom.
TRY TO ATTEND STUDY GROUPS
-Scheduling study sessions, with your fellow classmates, is a good way to solidify what you've learned in class.
-There is often a member of the group who has a higher understanding of the material. This can be very handy in enhancing the groups study experience!
-Don't be a "STUDY MOOCH". Try to be prepared upon arrival at a group session. You don't want to slow down the session with a lack of understanding.
-Study groups aren't meant to replace independent study.
-Think about feeding your brain like you feed your body. Ingest small portions throughout the week rather than one big session before the test.
-The optimal absorption capacity of the brain begins to fall off after about 30 minutes. Try not to exceed 2 hours per study session.
Here is a link to an article in Science Daily , regarding Doug Rohrer's findings:
-It's natural to not want to disrupt the class. If you have a question, simply let your professor finish their thought and raise your hand. Other students are probably asking themselves the same questions.
-If you feel uncomfortable asking questions during class, there's usually a bit of time after class where you can get catch your professor for simple clarifications.
-For more in depth discussions, your professor is required to have so many office hours per week when they are available for your assistance.
MUSIC STUDENT 101