I can’t believe Thursday is just around the corner! So much to do before then, but I think I got a good amount of work done…. Between working, school, and preparing a Graduation Speech, life has been crazy! But, you can see what I have gotten done. by visiting my link:)
What a week this has been! I’m super far behind, but I also had my computer die on Saturday, right when I was starting to buckle down and get my work done for this class…. So I know I don’t have near enough done, but between trying to do research on my phone/super old Ipad (like, 1st or 2nd generation… It won’t even play youtube….), and doing design on my roommates computer after she goes to bed/before she wakes up (with permission of course!), it’s been a little crazy. But, here is what I’ve got:)
This week I mostly focused on how I was going to design my website. I meant to get it started so I could have a working mock-up, but right now I just have some wireframes still. I stayed mostly with the same theme as last week, with a couple changes. I did do some more research, trying to find some Qualitative statistics to turn into graphs. Turns out, it’s hard to put a stat on how much group work helps you succeed, or listening to the teacher and taking notes, etc. You get the picture. So unfortunately, I didn’t get a lot more of that done. I did read some more of the 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens, and went through some of the activity guide, and I pondered what I wanted to do a lot. However, like usual, it seems my ideas won’t come until the last minute…. Hopefully I will be able to get more this next week!
As far as my wireframe goes, I started with adding in the other Habits (I think I only had 1-3 in last time), as well as a section just below the good focuses of the habit featuring the opposites. The book has a lot of examples, and illustrates a lot of different points on contrasting the good habits from the bad, so I wanted to do some of that. The information will be taken both from the book as well as other examples from research articles and survey results. I do have a survey almost ready to submit for approval to send out to a group of the student body to gather some primary data. So I’m pretty excited about that:)
After that, I started trying to add colors. I still don’t like the way these are working together yet. Mostly because I feel like red is a universal color representing bad, stop, or don’t follow. But it is also the color that will catch the attention between the two. So I haven’t quite solved that yet. Right now, the information in the red is about the habit we should be doing, and the blue is what we should avoid. But like I said, I’m still playing with it! The two graphs/charts I added are the comparisons table between good and bad habits, as well as the “jar” full of rocks next to the “Put First Things First” section. I am also playing around with the glasses for the “Paradigm” section. There will be text there as well, but I made these as I was being kicked out of the library to get to FHE tonight.
Well, that’s it for this week. Sorry I don’t have more to present, I will try and catch up next week! Any feedback would be awesome! Also, if you have any ideas on the types of data I should look at gathering, that would be helpful as well. The 7 habits I am trying to base the data on are:
- Be Proactive (Take control of your life)
- Begin With the End in Mind (Have goals and go for them!)
- Put First Things First (Prioritize carefully)
- Think Win-Win (Find ways for everyone to win)
- Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood (Take the time to listen)
- Synergize (Work together)
- Sharpen the Saw (take the time to keep learning)
In doing some more research, and trying to relate study habits to successful college students, I found that although you can relate most of the 7 habits to that topic, it needed to be broadened a little more, because there is more to success than studying. So I have broadened my topic a little to include other elements of things college students to be successful, remain focused, and stay happy.
Last week I started doing Secondary Research, one of the Learning activities. I found that I was kind of all over in my research, having a hard time focusing just on study habits in connection with the 7 habits, mainly because although the first 3 habits relate to yourself, and the 7th habit is to keep learning, habits 4-6 have to do with other people. I found a lot of good information though.
After I did my research, my next step was to perform and Analysis of the content I had gathered. This is really the step that made me decide to expand my topic a little to include some more general habits for successful college students. I feel this will be able to relate to the 7 habits of highly effective people better, and will allow me to find more qualitative and quantitative data to display. I am still going to stick as close to study as possible, but there are other elements that affect a student, you can’t just wrap it up into one. For example, some of the most successful college students take the time to volunteer and be involved (relates to either Be Proactive, or Think Win-Win), but that doesn’t directly relate to their study habits.
I did some good initial Visual Audits this week to get ideas of how I want to style my exhibit website. I found some really cool sites that come with all sorts of styles. I found all sorts of things that could help with the visual style. I am going to continue to expand this more as I gain more information, but I think I got a pretty good start here.
The other portion I did was some Competitive Research looking at what other things are out there for the 7 habits. I didn’t find a lot, most of the information was reviews or generic summaries linking to the Covey website. There was some elements, like this YouTube video. There is some competitive research linked to the pinterest account mentioned above.
I didn’t get as much as I wanted to done, but I did start to layout my website. It’s still super simple and not all the way finished. It will most likely change many times as I gather more information and develop the visual style I want to stick with.
I still have tons to do, but I think I got a pretty good start this week. I have also been thinking about different ways to gather data and information since I’m always at work when students are on campus. I know that sometimes you can get a survey sent out to the student body, I want to see what I need to get that going this week. The survey will ask information about study habits, as well as familiarity with the 7 habits of Highly Effective People. I would then also send the survey to a bunch of my friends at other colleges.
Also, we updated our schedule a little bit, so here is the new one that Katie made for us:
Here it is, Project 3 is finished, finally. I did like this app, but had a really hard time with it as well. I felt like I spun my wheels a lot not knowing what to do with it, or what direction to go. I also ran into a problem with time, as it seems I always do. However, I am a firm believer that when you put your best effort in, and trust God to help make up for the rest, somehow, someway, things have a tendency to work out. I also know that when you put others first, and don’t get so worried about your own projects, worries, and fears, and keep an eye open for those around you that need your help, you will find the time, energy, and inspiration needed to accomplish the tasks required of you.
Project 4, our Information Exhibit, is coming just around the corner, and so we are starting to gather research and information. My topic is on study habits of successful college students, paired with the 7 habits of highly effective teens (or successful people, really they are the same). I spent a lot of time researching, reading articles, and finding material related to those topics. For those who don’t know, the 7 habits referred to are:
- Be Proactive
- Begin With the End in Mind
- Put First Things First
- Think Win-Win
- Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
- Sharpen The Saw
These will be the base, but since I will be focusing mostly on Study Habits, The first three habits, which are grouped by the Covey’s into being focused on Self Mastery and moving from dependence to independence, will be covered most, while touching on the other four.
I decided that each article had it’s own insights, and although a lot of them are similar, they each present it in a little bit of a different way. So the following list is the Sources I read, and the main focus/insight from each source.
- A study of 163 business students looking for a relationship between study habits, study time, and the student’s Cumulative GPA and Semester GPA
- Found that “Although study time did not show any direct relationship with SGPA or CGPA, time at work showed significant negative correlations with SGPA and CGPA. Also, the study habits of access to notes and ability to concentrate demonstrated significant and positive relationships. However, the study habit of scheduling did not show a significant relationship with SGPA or CGPA.”
- A study of community college graduates and what makes them different from those who didn’t graduate
- “As we reviewed our observational data, several themes regarding successful community college students began to emerge. Successful graduates have (a) clear goals, (b) strong motivation, (c) the ability to manage external demands, and (d) self-empowerment.”
- Observations based on the time matrix presented by Stephen Covey about priorities, and where we spend our time. This article talks about how naturally people spend more time doing things in Quadrant 1 (Important and urgent, solving the crisis), especially students. We are driven by a deadline, which is what motivates us to accomplish tasks. However, we will find more success if we will take the time to complete activities in Quadrant 2 (important but not urgent, preparing for the crisis), we will be more successful.
- “This article evaluates previously published literature regarding variation in study patterns among graduate and undergraduate college students, with a recommendation of preferred studying times and locations from genuinely high-ability students.”
- “Time management is extremely crucial and imperative. By taking an advantage of daytime study pockets, studentsare freeing up valuable nighttime hours to go out and have fun that defines the college experience (Newport, 2007).”
- “Although most collegeclasses are scheduled between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm, some students do their best work before the sun rises, some after sunsets (Dividing Your Argument, 2014). Weekends and holidays are great times for studying and reviewing new course materials (Table 1). Unfortunately, poor time management and lack of flexibility are two major reasons why studies fail because students tend to over-schedule themselves (Time Scheduling, 2014).”
- Study skills cover a variety of activities including setting realistic goals, employing appropriate note-taking and test-taking strategies, self-testing, managing time and anxiety, as well as selecting appropriate study habits and environments (Proctor et al., 2006).
- An overview of how “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” can be used to create powerful results in business, focusing on priorities, and the difficulty, yet necessity to spend time on those things that are not urgent, but very important – planning for the crisis, instead of just reacting to them.
- Short article, really just an overview
- Tips in achieving better grades in school by unlocking 4 secrets to successful students – Sharpening School Skills, tuning in to the study, setting an A+ example, Unstuff the schedule, praising effort not intellect – based more on high school aged kids, but can be applied to all ages
- And investigation of the relationship between test scores and study time in a course on learning principles for college education majors. They found a weak relationship between test scores and the total amount of study time, but a much stronger correlation between those who spent time organizing the course content and those who didn’t. “An extreme groups analysis revealed that students with high test scores spent 40 min. per week organizing compared with 10 min per week for students with low test scores.”
College success strategies / Sherrie L. Nist, Jodi Patrick Holschu:
- This concise and affordable book teaches students the skills and strategies that will enable them to be lifelong learners capable of knowing how to approach new and challenging material in college and beyond.
- Need to pick up from Library and read
Project 4 Group Schedule
I plan on inserting this schedule here once my group gets it solid. Until then, here is a link to our Google Doc, where you can see our working schedule.
This week is a combination between two different projects. We were supposed to turn in 2 wireframes and a draft of our final app for the lego data project, and then 3 ideas for our final information exhibit.
My ideas for the exhibit include:
- The 5 Love Languages
- Everyone feels love in a different way, but there are 5 main categories that they will fall into. This exhibit will include a short survey to help them find their dominant personality type, and then information on each of the languages and how they will affect your life.
- Introverted, Extroverted, or somewhere Inbetween.
- This seems to be a big topic in the recent years as I have followed some of my friends struggle and overcome different social difficulties that would come with being each type or personality.
- George Gershwin
- Musical composer in the 1920’s, Gershwin helped bring in a new era of music. With humble beginnings as the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, his family got their first piano when he was 11. By the time he was 16 he had dropped out of school and was playing professionally. Gershwin went on to be a composer of classical/jazz instrumental pieces, as well as a composer for Broadway.
I’ve struggled with layouts for this app, but here are my 2 drafts as of now… Not perfect, but I think it is coming…
Well, with the finishing of one project, brings the start of another. This time we are focusing on data mapping. I haven’t caught the vision of this project quite yet, but I’m excited to see where it goes. I didn’t get all of this weeks work done, but I will have some updates in a few days to add to this post later. My focus is going to be on showing the data set showing how much honey about 20 countries consume around the world. I am using the data set found here.
Well, we made it to the final project time! This was a really fun project, one that I enjoyed. There was lots of different versions that I created, and lots of things that I learned about the importance of trying new things and not getting stuck on one design (yet again…) I like how it turned out in the end. I’ll come back and write more about it later, but right now, it’s time for bed….
This week went way to fast! I’m not exactly sure where it went, but such is life:) The project this week was actually pretty fun, we got to see if our projects were working with people who don’t know what we were doing. It was interesting to see different people’s reactions. Some didn’t seem to have any problem following the directions, and others really struggled. Most had a difficult time knowing which way to fold step 5 and 6, so I am still working on it. The problem is, as soon as I told them, they said it made perfect sense and didn’t know how to make it more clear…. So I guess we will see what happens with it!
Anyway, here are my user tests and the process book for this week.
I get to work on a new project! I think its going to be fun. For this poster, I’m making a How To infographic on making paper airplanes without using words. It’s for my Information design class, which comes with requirements of posting my process book as images. I’m excited to see where it goes. It’s already come with lots of paper airplanes being flown around my apartment, creating some fun.