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The first article is “Read Long and Prosper: Five Do’s and Don’ts for Preparing Students for College” by McDaniel Kathryn. According to McDaniel (2014), it is a trending habit for students to go to college without skills related to literacy, critical thinking and learning in order to become successful in higher education. Difficulties faced by students in transitioning to work and the college level is contributed by technical resources, group work, writing assignments, short reading and teaching to the test which are promoted by recent educational trends. McDaniel (2014) asserts that what students need is continuous practice in sustaining learning from various teaching styles, individual workings to show creativity and mastery of the subject, researching through library using traditional methods, writing exercises and reading. The highlighted five Do’s and Don’ts for preparing students for college by McDaniel(2014) is a representation of what a professor of a college’s wish list of secondary experiences in classroom, to assist students in transitioning smoothly to higher education. Students are required to complete thesis-length project frequently, but they lack preparation to write longer papers, therefore they get overwhelmed by the assignment. Formulating a topic that can be explored in more than three pages becomes a challenge. Lack of such experiences looses confidence in student who don’t believe that they can write in depth and at length, and that there is more one can write beyond two pages (McDaniel, 2014).

The second article is “Academic Dishonesty Using Social Media: A Comparative Study of College Students from Canada and China” Hernandez, Monica. According to Monica (2015), usage of social media is often essential and unavoidable, and it is therefore important for institutions offering higher education to be aware of the attitudes and perceptions of students towards academic dishonesty using social media. The exploration of differences in social media participations and how it affects academic dishonest between Canada and China college students was done. Monica (2015) reports that Chinese group of students was found to be leading in engaging in dishonest academic behaviours on social media; publishing on social media work belonging to another person, downloading personal assignments of another person’s from social media, using some parts of work belonging to other people on social media, citing from a resource on social media to an extent that is unacceptable, and combining various resource available on social media to use them on their own work, and buying or renting an assignment form the social media. The most common form of academic dishonesty was using social media as a collaboration tool where students work on their individual assignments with a group of people on social media. Student behavior on social media were affected by influencing factors such as demographic (marital status, student part time or full time status, age and gender), and professional status (employed, part-time employed or unemployed). The findings could serve as a guide to implementation of policies in the classroom effectively, by international business educators. Learning environment can be more effective when instructor-student communication is enhanced by understanding the behaviours and attitudes of students on social media (Monica, 2015).

The final article is “Variation in Study Patterns among College Students: A Review of Literature” by Lei Simon. Simon (2015) asserts that effective and careful of time utilization is an important requirement to successful college students. The time spent on academic activities such as conducting research, doing homework, writing a research report, writing a reflective journal, preparing for an exam or a quiz, and oral presentation preparation is referred to us study. Factors including level of students’ performance, study techniques, academic ability and academic background determine the number of hours per week a student spent to study. If students fail to prepare themselves from the first day they join college they are bound to experience challenges, since they have to begin activities, projects, papers and studies immediately, in the case of summers school. To increase retention and success of students at the college level, there is need for developed study skills that are personalized, as a requirement for an effective studying strategy. These study skills include managing anxiety and time, self-testing, employing appropriate testing and note-taking strategies, setting realistic goals and selecting a study environment and habits that are appropriate. According to Simon (2015), different study patterns or study environments and habits have been developed differently by different students, with in the personalized study skills. However, individuals who have achieved academic success that is outside often have a study patterns that has a well –designed schedule or pattern. There is no study pattern template that can perfectly be applied by all students, although students who perform well academically have preferred certain locations and certain times of a day. Personalized study patterns and consistency studying instead of procrastinating frequently should be understood by college students to be of high importance. This will enable them to be successful and achieve their career goals after they graduate (Simon, 2015).

Task 3- Personal Reflection

When people talked about preparing for university all that came to mind was getting ready to pack my bags and leave for college. Little about preparing for classes came into my mind. I guess, as a student I never thought about the challenges that may come in studying in college, as all was hidden under my excitement to join higher education.

Reading through Kathryn McDaniel’s “Read Long and Prosper: Five Do’s and Don’ts for Preparing Students for College it seems like she has writing a blue print of myself. Critical thinking skills is a concept that was rather knew to me. My perception of studying in college was I am now grown up and academic life is easier and less involving than high school. But from the literature I prove myself wrong, and I am able now to take things preparing to join university seriously so that I can have a smooth transition to college. I have decide to study a lot and enquire more information on researching through library, creativity and subject mastery, topic formulation, writing long pages of assignments, project writing, and so on. This will build my confidence in handling tasks in college comfortably.

Avoiding academic dishonesty using social media is one area that I will need exercise self-discipline, because it is very tempting. I try to picture a situation whereby I have friends who have undergone the same course and we are friends on social media. I simply have to post my assignment question and within minutes answers start twinkling in. Or rather, it is easy to come across a similar completed paper and just change some parts and present it as my own. It is the nature of a student as a human being to what easy things on silver Plata. However, if I go that route I will fail to exercise my creativity and would not be proud of myself. I choose toe exercise academic honesty in all ways.

Developing a personalized study pattern is my strength and one that I can do comfortably. I don’t like procrastination because I feel that it denies be of forthcoming opportunities. I like to organize and prioritize my academic activities and set a time for each so that I am able to handle each one of them stress free. This helps me achieve my academic goals. There is no other vocabulary in my dictionary write now other than “academic success”

Referencing ListMc Daniel, KL 2014, ‘Read Long and Prosper: Five Do’s and Don’ts for Preparing Students for College’.
By: McDaniel, Kathryn N. Clearing House, vol. 87 Issue 2, pp.83-87

Monica, HD 2015, ‘Academic Dishonesty Using Social Media: A Comparative Study of College Students from Canada and China’. SAM Advanced Management Journal, vol 80, issue 4, pp. 45-51.

Simon, L 2015, Variation in Study Patterns among College Students: A Review of Literature. College Student Journal, Vol. 49 Issue 2, pp. 195-198.