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The Kolb Learning Style Inventory by David A. Kolb. Hay Group, Inc., Version 3.1 edition (1999).

In addition to this workbook that you will purchase separately, the course also includes several forms that you will use to complete assignments.These forms are available online in .PDF format. Simply click the Web links to download the forms, and save them to your computer.

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Of the eight total lessons, you are required to complete assignments for foundation lessons 1, 2, 3, and 8 and two of the four remaining skill development lessons (lessons 4, 5, 6, and 7). Since each BGS student enters the program with a unique set of academic skills and needs, you will be able to choose the skills that will benefit you most. Remember, you will complete only two of the four skills lessons. You will complete the Speedback and portfolio assignments for only two of lessons 4, 5, 6, and 7. Note: Computer-graded quizzes in lessons 4-7 may not be resubmitted, so please double-check your responses in the two quizzes you select from those lessons. Also note that Lesson 7 requires a minimum of three weeks to complete. Plan accordingly.

Each lesson has Self Check assignments which help you apply the material you learn throughout each lesson. Self Check assignments do not count toward your final grade. They are for your benefit only when it comes time to take the Final Exam.

Formatting Your Written Work

You will submit written assignments to Independent Study electronically through your course. To make sure I can open and read your papers, please save them as a .RTF (rich text format) files. Here’s how to do it:

Submitting Your Portfolio Assignments

It’s very important that you submit all of the assignments for a portfolio at the same time. Here’s how to submit your completed portfolio assignments:

Remember: Do not submit any assignment until you have completed all of the assignments for the portfolio!

Lesson Overviews

The following overview of each lesson will help you understand the required four foundation lessons and help you determine which two skills lessons you should complete:

The focus of this lesson is on the founding principles of a BYU education, teaches you about the purpose of a BYU education and the underlying design of the courses you will be taking. You will study, then learn to describe the Aims of a BYU Education. This will prepare you for the task of analyzing all of your coursework in the BGS program in light of the BYU Aims. As you complete each course, you will compile these analyses in a portfolio in preparation for the capstone course, Student Development 490.

Testing is the typical academic way to assess what you are learning. There are various types and forms of tests, and being successful in your studies will depend to some degree on your skill at taking tests—along with an adequate knowledge base. In this lesson, you will learn how to prepare for tests and develop general test-taking skills. You will also learn guidelines for various kinds of test questions.

Learning about your preferred learning style will help enhance your success by maximizing your learning strengths and developing your less-used learning styles. You will identify your own personal learning style and how to adapt to teachers and learning situations that employ different learning methods.

Since reading textbooks is different from pleasure reading, you will need to be able to identify main points, organize them, and retrieve them if you are to learn what you need to learn. In this lesson, you will explore how to increase your reading comprehension for text material, how to mark texts appropriately for effective study, and how to retrieve this material when you need it.

Analyzing texts and other forms of persuasion for supporting evidence is a large part of the learning experience and is one of the general skills necessary to make you an educated and informed citizen and a contributing employee. You will learn a specific process for meaningful thinking that will allow you to analyze your reading and evaluate the validity of the stated position in the paper. You will also develop a paper of your own, using the meaningful thinking techniques you have learned.

Most of you who are becoming BGS students already have other important roles as a parent, a spouse, an employee, a volunteer, etc. Learning how to manage the stresses of your life will help you succeed without causing undue difficulties; it will help you enjoy the journey of education. This lesson will help you recognize sources of stress in your own life, learn some strategies and techniques for managing stress, and develop a stress management plan.

None of us has an endless supply of time. If you are to complete the BGS degree, you will need to dedicate time to your academic efforts in a reasonable way. You will likely have to juggle your studies between other important time commitments. This lesson will help you find time in your already busy life to complete your worthy goal of earning a degree. You will learn to recognize the difference between goals and activities, schedule your activities in line with your goals, and budget your time. Note: This lesson requires a minimum of three weeks to complete. Plan accordingly.

We want to learn something about you and to get a sample of your writing. This will be accomplished by your submitting a brief personal autobiography. You also need to plan an organized and sequenced approach to completing your degree requirements. This lesson will guide you through the steps of creating your own graduation plan, outlining the courses you will take and the sequence in which you will take them to complete your BGS degree. You will finish the lesson with an approved plan for completing the requirements for your degree.

Self Evaluation for Selecting Two of the Skill Development Lessons

Before beginning the two skills lessons, complete the following self-assessment to help you decide which lessons best meet your individual needs. Remember that you will complete the Speedback and portfolio assignments for only two of lesson 4, 5, 6, and 7. Use this self-assessment to determine which lessons will help you the most and, therefore, which lessons you will submit. Only two of these lessons will be considered in your course grade. (The Speedback and portfolio assignment should be from the same lesson. For example, if you chose to do lesson 4, you should do the Speedback and the portfolio assignment for that lesson.)

Enhancing Basic Study Skills

Read the following statements. If more than four of them apply to you, completing lesson 4 on study skills would be beneficial to you.

Developing Meaningful Thinking Techniques

Read the following statements. If more than four of them apply to you, completing lesson 5 will help you understand the process of meaningful thinking.

Understanding and Managing Stress

Read the following statements. If more than four of them apply to you, completing lesson 6 on stress management would help you learn how to recognize and deal with stress so that you can successfully complete online courses.

Investigating Time Management and Self-Motivation

Read the following statements. If more than four of them apply to you, completing lesson 7 on time management and self-motivation will help you to identify your strengths and then help you improve your time management and self-motivation skills.

We hope this brief overview will help you see the content and rationale for this course. We have great confidence in your ability to succeed. We hope the course will help sharpen some of the study skills you may not have used for some time. At the same time, we hope that if you are wavering in your confidence, this course will help give you the boost to move ahead. BYU is a university with a mission calculated to inspire, to lift your ambitions, and to develop the best in you. We look forward to serving you in your pursuit of the BGS degree. We hope your experience in this course will be positive and will help you gain confidence and a plan for how to succeed in your efforts to complete the BGS degree.

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This exam consists of approximately thirty-five questions and is about 20% of your final course grade. It is closed book and notes.

Note: Your portfolio assignment will need to be graded by your instructor (and the grade must be recorded) before you will be able to request and complete the final exam.

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Here is the assignment and exam breakdown for St Dev 100:

Lesson 1 (Aims) 12%
Lesson 2 (Test Taking Strategies) 12%
Lesson 3 (Learning Styles) 12%
Choose two of lessons 4 through 7 @ 12% each for total of 24%
  • Lesson 4 Speedback (Enhancing Basic Study Skills - Notetaking/Reading Comprehension)
  • Lesson 5 Speedback (Developing Meaningful Thinking Techniques)
  • Lesson 6 Speedback (Understanding and Managing Stress)
  • Lesson 7 Speedback (Investigating Time Management and Self-Motivation)
Lesson 8 (Autobiography, Graduation Plan, 4 Portfolio Assignments) 20%
Proctored Final Exam (Computer-graded) 20%

Note: Submit only 2 of the skills lessons for grading; if you want to complete the remaining lessons on your own, you may do so but the portfolio assignments should not be submitted. The proctored final exam will contain questions covering all of the lessons. However, you will answer only the questions from the sections of the final that pertain to the lessons that you turned in (lessons 1, 2, 3, and the two optional lessons you submitted). Keep an accurate record of which lessons you completed so that you will know at the time you take the final exactly which sections you need to complete.

Grading Scale

A 100–93
A- 92–90
B+ 89–87
B 86–83
B- 82–80
C+ 79–77
C 76–73
C- 72–70
D+ 69–67
D 66–63
D- 62–60
E(fail) 59 or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


5 computer-graded assignments, 1 instructor-graded portfolio assignment; computer-graded assignments in lessons 1-3 and the portfolio may be resubmitted once for a fee; no resubmissions for selected computer-graded assignments in lessons 4-7.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


1 proctored computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course.

Retake an exam for a fee.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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