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August 23, 2022 - Here you will find resources to make the most of your academic career, from study skills to dealing with distraction.

Today we have so much more to distract us from what we need to do, so I have provided extensive research evidence to show how the popular use of electronic devices is not good and negatively impacts not only a student's ability to study, but a student's GPA as well. Because PCH 201 Wellness is a synchronous online course, it will provide the structure to help you to stay organized and accomplish what needs to be done. And, you will get a chance to feel "accomplished!"

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Academic Skills

Income by education
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Educational Attainment
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morning person
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Abstract Thinking Skills

Academic Performance

Academic Achievement
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Cognitive Skills

"Aerobic exercise for 2 minutes to 1 hour at moderate to high intensity improved attention, concentration, and learning and memory functions for up to 2 hours. "Exercise makes you smart," (9/2020)

Cognitive Abilities
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Creative Thinking Skills

Critical Thinking Skills

Mental Models
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Critical thinking skills
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Dealing with Distractions

Thanks to Jillian Y. for sharing this with the class

Effective Learning

Complex explanations
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Challenge vs. skills
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Music Helps
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Emotional Hygiene

Emotional Intelligence
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Teen Stress Points
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Health Behaviors & Learning

Health behavior and academic performance
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Life Skills

Listening Skills

Active listening
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Memory Skills

Mental Health


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"The more time the participants reported on using e-devices per day -- for instance, reading texts on their iPhone, watching TV, playing internet games, texting, or reading an eBook -- the less well they did when they tried to understand scientific texts."
The way people read on electronic devices may encourage them to pick up only bits and pieces of information from the material, while the comprehension of scientific information requires a more holistic approach to reading where the reader incorporates the information in a relational and structured way.

The top 10 skills that students need to succeed based on the authors' surveys of more than 8,000 teachers include:

  • * Listen to others
  • * Follow the steps
  • * Follow the rules
  • * Ignore distractions
  • * Ask for help
  • * Take turns when you talk
  • * Get along with others
  • * Stay calm with others
  • * Be responsible for your behavior
  • * Do nice things for others."
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attentive cats
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Can you be this attentive in class?

Multi-tasking (Don't waste your time, doesn't work)



Writing for retention

While the convenience of technology-related tools is impossible to deny, the science is clear: hand writing information and transcribing notes on paper is actually better for your brain, particularly if you're trying to remember key details and important facts. Sure, typing 90 words a minute can make sending client emails a breeze, but when the team sits down to talk strategy, picking up a pen is the best way to ensure essential information is retained. Research shows that hand writing notes encourages full engagement of the brain, and a more complete mastery of the subject as a result.

Writing by hand forces people to slow down and be selective about what information they record. This means employees are actually synthesizing and internalizing material in real time while they keep up with the content being discussed.

In addition to being better for your brain, using a pen and paper for weekly meetings ensures that you don't get distracted by laptop pop-up alerts and open browser tabs (though you may still end up doodling!).

Source: Tune In, Turn Off | The Case for Tech-Free Meetings

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Problem Solving

  • United States- Results of 2012 PISA Study 5/2017
  • Productivity

    Professional Competency Framework

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    Public Speaking

    Self-Care Skills


    Sleep - function
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    Sleep deprivation
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    GPA sleep
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  • Thanks to Samantha G for sharing this with the class!

  • All in a good night's sleep: How quality of sleep impacts academic performance in children
  • Associations between specific technologies and adolescent sleep quantity, sleep quality, and parasomnias 2014
  • Better sleep makes for better grades, MIT reports 10/2019
  • How much sleep do we really need to work productively
  • Let Your Kids Sleep More For Better Grades Time 2015
  • Study or Sleep? For Better Grades, Teens Should Go to Bed Early 8/2012
  • The impact of light from computer monitors on melatonin levels in college students 2011
  • Lack of sleep increases risk of failure in school 2014
  • Light-Emitting E-Readers Before Bedtime Can Adversely Impact Sleep 2014
  • Nothing beats a good night's sleep for helping people absorb new information, new research reveals 4/2015
  • Sleep Deprived Learning
  • Packing On the Pounds? The Blue Light From Your Phone Could Be to Blame
  • Sleep Information
  • These Science-Backed Study Tips Help You Learn Faster, Remember Longer 8/2016
  • This Is What is Keeping Teens From Getting Enough Sleep 2015
  • Why all-nighters don't work: How sleep, memory go hand-in-hand 2015
  • Sleep - Everything you need to know

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    Stress Management

    Do I Need help
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    So Stressed
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    PCH 201 Fun Page



    Time Management

    Verbal Skills


    Campus Safety

    College Resources

    Example of a well-written film review

    Why NO electronics in class is good for you!

    Educational Techniques
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    Updated: 7/20/2022 R504


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