Skills for Success

Course Details

Course Number: MWSU 1003  Section Number: 201, 203, 205, 207

Spring 2013

Location: McCullough Hall

Classroom Number: 107

Days & Times:

201 -  MW 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM

203 - MW 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

205 - TR 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM 

207 - TR 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
SusAnn Key L.P.C.   
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Course Objectives

Course Purpose

This course is designed to help you strengthen and build effective strategies for creating academic and personal success.  You will learn how to develop an individual approach to managing and processing information, perform more effectively on tests, think critically, problem solve, set & work toward reachable goals, & manage time more efficiently.  


Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to

  1. Identify your learning strengths & weaknesses.
  2. Develop and apply strategies to improve learning.

Course Expectations

Required Course Materials

  • Wong, Linda. (2012). Essential Study Skills,7th ed., Wadsworth

            (This textbook is used as a workbook.  No used texts!)

  • Learning & Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI)

           (Do not complete LASSI without instructor supervision.)

  • Three-Ring Binder (2 inch spine)
  • Dividers, 5-Tabs
  • Three-Hole Loose Leaf College-Ruled Paper
  • One Pocket Folder
  • Daily Planner




Grading Standards

Grading Scale


The basis for your final grade is the number of points you earn on assignments, homework, tests, and final exam as well as your individual participation & teamwork.

Your goal is to learn about your individual learning style and how to use strategies to improve your opportunity for achieving success.






College-Level Work






Above Average











Submission Format Policy

See Handouts in Class.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Class Attendance

ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED!  Be in each class on time, ready to work!

Record your attendance with your signature on the attendance sheet.

If the attendance sheet has been taken up by the instructor before you arrive, you are considered absent.

 Notify your instructor if you must miss a class. 

Provide documentation detailing the reason for the absence.



Other Policies

Class Policies

Use courtesy & respect toward your instructor & fellow students.

Work with & encourage all your team members to participate in assigned tasks.

Exhibit academic integrity & produce quality work.

Turn off and put out of sight all electronic devices, cell phones, iPods.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.