JOR 110, or Introduction to Mass Media, is such a popular freshman class that there are more than 4 sections of it. Because of that, there are so many classes, and each one is very different. While more interesting than some other classes, it can also be hard to succeed, so here are some helpful tips:
1. Go to Class
This might sound very simple and obvious, but it really is the easiest way to make sure you do well. Be proactive, go to the class, and make sure you pay attention. Many specific examples are provided that will be referenced on the exam. A lot of the questions on the exams aren’t covered in the textbook, so the only way to ensure that you get them correct is by going to the lectures and paying attention.
2. Take Good Notes
In addition to paying attention, it’s important to take detailed, accurate notes. The slides sometimes move fairly fast, but try your best, and use the resources posted on Sakai to stay up to date. It’s also helpful to go back after the classes and rewrite your notes in order to retain them better and stay organized. Don’t worry about missing slight details, chances are they won’t be focused on on the exams. Focus on the bigger picture.
3. Do the Extra Credit
There are several opportunities for small bonuses throughout the semester. They tend to be fairly simple, such as writing short paragraphs or papers on presentations or topics covered in class. It is an easy way to boost your grade, and you never know when that one point will change your B+ to an A-.
4. Stay Up to Date on the Workload
There are a lot of smaller assignments to complete throughout the semester, and it’s best to stay organized and make sure you complete everything. Some of them are assigned over weekends and breaks, where it might be the last thing you want to do, but it’s important that you do complete them. Your final grade will thank you.
5. Have a Study Buddy
Having someone there to help keep you focused, stop you from online shopping during lectures, and to give their notes when you couldn’t make it to class – is a life saver. A friend in class is also another pair of ears to listen to details and examples that you might have missed during lecture.
It’s not that it’s a particularly challenging class, content wise, but the format makes it difficult sometimes. Make sure to stay focused on the bigger picture, and the way all the smaller topics fit into the course. Good luck in this class, if you study hard and stay focused, you will do great!