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Course Details and Learning Outcomes

Created in 2002, and now offered through the Learning Center, College Success (UNST 194/394) builds on the best wisdom from innovators in psychology, education, business, sports, and personal effectiveness using the On Course Success Principles which represent eight of the essential "things" that good learners believe and do.

Founded on these timeless principles, the College Success course gives students a collection of practical success tools to empower students by giving them the outer behaviors and inner qualities to create greater success in college and in life. The course is woven around the belief that the most effective learners are empowered learners, those characterized by self-responsibility, self-motivation, self-management, interdependence, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and high self-esteem.

Students will also participate in guided journal writings, learn essential success strategies, discover critical resources and actively engage with the PSU community.

There is a class for every student at PSU.  Don't get left behind- classes fill up fast!

In this course you will learn how to...

1. Accept personal responsibility. You will learn how to take greater personal responsibility, gaining more control over the outcomes and experiences that you create both in college and in life.
2. Increase self-motivation. You will learn to create greater inner motivation by, among other things, discovering your own personally meaningful goals and dreams.
3. Improve personal self-management. You will learn numerous strategies for taking control of your time and energy, allowing you to move more effectively and efficiently toward the accomplishment of your goals and dreams.
4. Develop interdependence. You will learn how to develop mutually supportive relationships with people who will help you achieve your goals and dreams as you assist them to achieve theirs.
5. Increase self-awareness. You will learn how to understand and revise your self-defeating patterns of behavior, thought, and emotion as well as your unconscious limiting beliefs.
6. Maximize your learning. You will learn key research on how the human brain learns. You will apply this knowledge to develop your own learning system, giving you the keys to learning important course content in college as well as becoming a more effective lifelong learner.
7. Develop emotional intelligence. You will learn effective strategies for managing your emotional life, decreasing stress while increasing your inner sense of well-being.
8. Raise your self-esteem. You will learn how to develop self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-respect.
9. Engage in reflective writing experiences. You will grow more comfortable with expressing yourself in writing and begin to use writing as a reflective practice.
10. Improve creative and critical thinking skills. You will learn how to enhance the thinking skills essential for analyzing and solving problems in your academic, professional, and personal lives. You will also develop reasoning skills that will help you both construct persuasive arguments and deconstruct illogical arguments intended to persuade you to think or act against your own best interest.
11. Develop effective study skills. You will learn how to raise your grades in college by improving essential skills such as reading, taking notes, studying, memorizing, taking tests and conquering test anxiety.
12. Appreciate diversity and raise cultural awareness. We will create a classroom community with people who have ideas, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are different from our own and learn about how our own beliefs impact our interactions with other in college.
13. Learn how to access your resources at PSU and increase your engagement inside and outside the classroom. You will know where to go when you are having difficult and the many resources PSU offers for your success both inside and outside the classroom, including becoming an engaged member of the PSU community.