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#WednesdayWrite: Advice to Future Students

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If you are lucky, when you begin a new job, you will find a continuity folder on the desk or on the computer to help you complete your work. The exact name of this folder will depend on your workplace. It can be called a continuity folder, binder, portfolio, or book; standard (or standing) operating procedures; or a transition book.

Inside this folder, you will find documents and information that will help you complete your work. The contents can include:

  • mission statements and goals
  • position responsibilities
  • system and social media login information
  • advice and tips
  • schedules, timelines, and calendars
  • instructions, protocols, and procedures
  • templates and examples
  • checklists
  • budget and funding information
  • inspection reports
  • organization charts and info on personnel

You will use this folder to guide your daily work, and one of your on-going tasks will be to keep the contents of the folder current. In the event that you are not available, the person filling in for you will use the folder to determine what to do and how to do it. When you move to another position, the next person in the position will use the information that you leave in the folder.

The Writing Activity

If you were contributing to a Continuity Folder for students taking this course in the future, what would you include and why? You can share the advice you would include in the folder, or you can describe whatever you would add to the folder. You are not limited to a single thing. If you want to mention more than one item or piece of advice, that’s fine.


 

27 Comments

For this course I would highly recommend completing things before the grace period and on the due date so you don’t forget about it. The grace period is usually a couple days after the due date and is no penalty. If you have any questions, you can ask one of your group members or use the slack site and ask your teacher. There will be a labor log every week which you will write down and track what you did for the week. I would do these as soon as you can or you will forget about it.

I agree with your comment. If you have any questions the slack site is a great way to communicate with others in this classroom. Although, I did not find myself using Slack as much because I did not like the interface.

If I was to create a continuity folder for this course. I would submit at least one example of a labor log, copies of my previous assignments so that the receiving students could use them as a guide for formatting, and an encouraging letter that highlights both my triumphs and struggles in the class and how to overcome them. I would also add in guide on great time management because in order to excel in this class, students must master this skill. There would be a planner for the year so that the student has no excuse for no writing down the work they need to complete. Lastly, I would include my contact information so they have a way to ask questions if they need advice or if they need someone to review their assignments for them,

If I was to include advice to future students in this class I would make a list.
1. Make sure you keep an agenda for the course with due dates and grace periods included
2. Take a little time out of your day to look at daily posts they usually help with the project you are working on at the time.
3. Take advantage that you can redo your assignments if you did not receive the grade you wanted.
4.Communication with your group is key. Give them real feedback about their projects.
5. Do not be lazy about this course.
6. Your labor logs will help you with your performance review so take them seriously.

I would include examples of my work in the continuity folder. The examples on the class website really helped me with my assignments and guaranteed that I had all of the necessary information included. I would also stress the importance of scheduling and time management. There is a lot to keep up with for this class, but it is very manageable if you keep a schedule with all of the assignments in it. Without a schedule, it is easy to fall behind or simply forget about something.

To succeed in this class, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure you keep on top of your work and are completing everything to the best of your ability. First, I would make an organized calendar of all the important dates throughout the semester; such as your major project due dates, labor log due dates, and group feedback due dates. Also, if you are trying to earn a grade higher than a B, I would start early. I would complete your transcription assignment, stay on top of daily discussion posts, and comment on Facebook posts at least once a week. This way, you have been earning your grade all semester long and you do not need to panic at the end of the semester. Lastly, I would check the class website at least once a day for daily updates to make sure you are not missing any important announcements.

If I could give any advise to future students taking this course, it would be to actively participate in the online discussion questions. Falling behind on these can really impact your grade, as participation is one of the major aspects of this course. Another thing I would recommend to future students is the use of calendar notifications. They are incredibly helpful, especially when you have a course as interactive as this one.

If I could give advice to incoming students for this course, I would say stay on top of announcements and online discussions. It is easy to forget about them because they are not in person, but they matter just as much as any in person lecture or assignment. In addition, have all the due dates for assignments written down in your agenda before the course starts. That way, you wont forget a labor log thats due every Friday or to comment on a Wednesday Write.

If I were to give advice to students it would be to read all of the syllabus carefully and understand the grading rubric as it is not as straightforward as other classes. I would also start commenting on posts much earlier as it can be easy to fall behind on posting. I would also recommend putting assignments on your calendar well in advance as it is easy to forget to do assignments with so many other priorities in other classes. I would also coordinate with group members to post earlier than later. It is hard to give feedback regularly when group members wait until the last day to post drafts.

I think you made some very good points. I found it difficult to give feedback or get feedback from group member’s when we would all complete the assignments at different times. I think more coordination would’ve remedied this.

An important aspect of this course is setting deadlines and goals for yourself. Since it’s online, it’s easy to breeze by and forget about the requirements. Don’t wait until the last minute to complete any assignments because they all require significant thought and time.
Since there are 5 posts per week to comment on, set a goal for yourself as to how many you would like to participate in and hold yourself to it. That way you don’t get to the end of the semester and wish that you had done more.
Read the articles your classmates share on the Facebook page. Many of them are extremely valuable to life, school, the class, and future employment.
If you are unsure of where to start on a major assignment, look at the examples. I found them extremely helpful.

Since the deadlines were given to us early on in the class, I would advise new students to write them down in their planner as soon as possible. This will force them to read the schedule and have an idea of the work they’ll need to complete for the semester. I would also advise the students to read the daily posts on the course website regularly, and to make thoughtful comments as often as they can. I would also include examples of my work in the continuity folder to give new students a better idea of formatting and what exactly needs to be included for the various projects. Finally, I would advise students to take their discussion groups seriously, and give them the best feedback you can, so that they’ll be more likely to give you helpful feedback as well.

I would definitely keep track of all of the due dates and assignments in an agenda, because that helped me a lot with time management and getting things done ahead of time. I would recommend trying to get assignments done when they are due, rather than relying on the grace period so that you are more on top of it. I would say to put a lot of effort into the labor logs because in the end, it will help create the performance review. I would say to take advantage of the daily discussion posts because they not only offer great advice and resources, but it could ultimately impact your grade. Lastly, I would say to be active in the group discussions where rough drafts are posted because it really helps to get feedback from someone other than yourself and I also think that your group members will appreciate your posts as well.

I would provide examples of all course work done throughout the semester. I found the examples provided during the semester to be very helpful. The examples gave me a base to work off of to ensure everything was included in my assignments. I would also stress the importance of staying ahead in the class. There is a lot of assignments for this class, and it’s much easier to stay ahead than catch up. I would recommend avoiding the use of the grace period because it’s just one more thing to forget about. If you procrastinate too much in this course, it may be difficult to do well.

For this class, my main piece of advice for other students would be not to get behind. I regret not commenting more at the beginning of the semester, and because our course grade is based on effort, it is easier to do a little bit at a time. If you don’t contribute a substantial amount like me, you will have to scramble to catch up. Feedback with your group members is a really good tool you should take advantage of. It helped me to receive feedback AND to give feedback and see what my other group member’s projects looked like. The grading rubric for this class is different than most courses because it only says the required work to get a B in the course. If you want a higher grade you have to do more labor. Therefore, being on top of assignments and posts are crucial. Lastly, the examples for the assignments were very helpful to me and are a great resource to guide you through your projects.

I really liked this task to be the last one of the semester. I had a great time in this class, once I got the hang of it. In the beginning, I was very confused by what I needed to do and what is optional (which may have messed me up for my end grade). Online classes are very different than classes in person and they always take a while to fully understand.
Some tips I have are:
1. Complete tasks before they are due, but the grace period is very helpful during busy weeks so don’t be nervous to use that.
2. Put assignments in your agenda and write them down (there are a lot of tasks to keep track of).
3. Leave feedback to your peers, it is tedious but when you do it for them, they will provide you great feedback on how to improve your writing.

One suggestion that I would have for this class would be to become familiar with the class website early on. It was a little difficult for me to adjust to this in the beginning because I was not used to going to a separate website. But once I understood the flow and organization of the class, it was much simpler. Along with that, it is helpful to start the semester by going through all of the assignments and know what is expected. During some of the assignments, I had to go to the reference site multiple times because I had no clue what was going on. But if I would have taken the time in the beginning to understand the assignment, it would have made it much easier to complete the projects ad stay on track.

For this folder, I would make sure to include many differing types of examples so a broad range of documentation can be seen. We’ve learned about over 20 types of email styles, differing memos, progress reports and more, and it’s so easy to get caught in the “this one way is the right way.” By having many examples, the folder would help to expand upon the intricacies of each type of work. In addition, schedules can always be a good reminder for when things are done, and I was very grateful for the canvas reminders. The canvas app on my phone always gave me notifications when my group members posted, so maybe I’d consider recommending that?

I wouldn’t recommend social media usage. It didn’t work out well with my group as there were communication issues. Honestly, I didn’t have a problem with the feedback dates because there was always 2-3 to leave feedback. However, maybe a more stricter version of “This is due when it is shown here on canvas. No extension unless medical issues “, might help with people who post at the last second.

My advice to future students would be to immediately look at the final exam performance review and the requirements to earn above an A in the class. I wish I had known someone who had taken this exact class, because I would have known to look at that first to set goals early on in the semester. The final exam performance review would have similarly helped me understand exactly what I needed to do. I would also let future students know that the class seems a bit confusing at first, but in reality it can be broken down into two parts:
1) Completing the assignments posted on Canvas and explained on the course website
2) Commenting and contributing to class discussion through the supporting posts on the course website, the Facebook group, and Slack

I agree with what Logan said completely! It is not easy to keep track of what your current grade is in the class. Throughout the course, you kind of have to guesstimate where you are in terms of the additional work beyond the assignments.

If I was to make a continuity folder, I would include things such as examples of all the projects and the labor log so that the person can have a general understanding of what there is to do in this class. I would also include advice such as making sure to do all work on time even with the grace period and emphasize how important feedback is.

I would like to include some advice for future students in the continuity folder. First make sure you read the syllabus of this class carefully when you first take this class. You need do much reading on the class page and make sure you understand all the requirements for this class. Since it is an online class, it is easy to forget the deadline of the assignments, so I suggest future students to make a calendar of the assignments. There are some assignments due once a week, such as labor log. You may start writing labor log early. Meanwhile, I suggest you to read the daily posts frequently which are posted on the class site. There are some useful information, and the important events will be announced here. There are some advice articles posted here every day. You can learn some useful skills in writing and get prepared for your writing in the workplace. You can get a higher grade for this class if you leave your comments for the daily posts, so I suggest you to read the material posted every day.

Advice for future students:
1. Read the syllabus
2. Write all important dates down – I like to mark everything due a day in advance to give myself some wiggle room
3. Keep track of everything you do for this class – I have a sticky note app on my laptop where I quickly jot down the amount of time spent and work done for the class

My advice for future students taking this course is to read the syllabus and everything on this website very thoroughly. Most importantly, they should read the section on how to receive above a B letter grade. This is something I wish I found out earlier in the course of someone had told me about. When you clearly understand the instructions, you can get a head start on the course and not have to play catch-up at the end of the semester.

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