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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for STDEV 51. This course is designed to be taken before or with any other online course to help you get the most out of your online learning experience.

Learning Outcomes

The main purpose of this course is to help you become an effective learner in an online learning course. This course will help you improve your study habits and help you get the most out of your online courses.

Here are some of the main things you will learn to do:

  1. Explore the Independent Study online platform and identify how to get the most out of the tools provided.
  2. Explore different types of independent learning and how such learning can be effective.
  3. Use effective organization to promote success in independent learning.
  4. Examine various online educational resources that can enhance the online learning experience.
  5. Use reading strategies to read and study discussion material and textbooks effectively.
  6. Apply note-taking skills to focus study on the most important concepts.
  7. Identify various types of questions (including multiple choice, true/false, matching, and essay) and identify how to answer each question effectively; review basic writing skills for essay questions.
  8. Apply multiple intelligences and examine how different approaches to learning can improve learning and retention of information.
  9. Examine various studying techniques to learn, study, and remember information effectively.

These outcomes will help you in every situation throughout your life as you learn to study carefully, learn tips to help you tackle all types of test questions, and discover your own personal learning style and how you learn best.

Course Materials

You will not need any outside resources for this course; however, you will need access to the Internet.

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There are six units in this course and a final comprehensive exam. Also, there are two comprehensive review assignments to help you review your understanding of the concepts learned in the units.

Self Check Assessments

At the end of each lesson in a unit, you will have the opportunity to complete a few Self Check questions. These questions are designed to prepare you for your unit quiz assignments and your final exam. The Self Check questions do not count on your final grade; however, if you miss several of these questions, make sure you review the course material before continuing to the next lesson in the unit.

Unit Quizzes

You will submit computer-graded quizzes at the end of each unit. These assignments consist of multiple-choice questions that will test your understanding of the concepts learned in each lesson. These assignments count toward your final grade.

Cumulative Review Assignments

There are two cumulative review assignments. Like the unit quizzes, these computer-graded assignments consist of multiple-choice questions that will test your understanding of the concepts learned in the course. The first covers the concepts learned in units 1–3; the second covers the concepts learned in units 1–6. Because these assignments cover concepts from several different units, they are longer than the normal unit quizzes.

To prepare for these cumulative review assignments, review all of the Self Check and unit quiz questions from the previous units, and make sure you review the readings from each lesson. These assignments do count toward your final grade.

Portfolio Assignments

You will submit all of the written instructor-graded assignments for each unit together at the end of the unit. You will find a checklist that lists all of the assignments needed for the submission.

Please make sure that you follow the instructions for submitting your portfolio assignments, and check the assignments carefully before you submit them to make sure you have all of the necessary pieces. See the “Portfolio Submission” modules for detailed instructions. The following chart lists the assignments you will submit in the portfolios and the value of each assignment:

Unit 1 Portfolio
Portfolio Assignment 1: STDEV51 Tools 25
Portfolio Assignment 2: About You 25
50 Points
Unit 2 Portfolio
Portfolio Assignment 3: Planning for Success—Part 1 15
Portfolio Assignment 4: Planning for Success—Part 2 15
Portfolio Assignment 5: Studying, Planning, and Organizing 20
50 Points
Unit 3 Portfolio
Portfolio Assignment 6: Reliable Sources 25
Portfolio Assignment 7: Creating a Google Document 25
50 Points
Unit 4 Portfolio
Portfolio Assignment 8: Cornell Method 25
Portfolio Assignment 9: Reflecting on Unit 4 25
50 Points
Unit 5 Portfolio
Portfolio Assignment 10: Short Answer & Essay Questions 50
50 Points
Unit 6 Portfolio
Portfolio Assignment 11: Learning Styles 15
Portfolio Assignment 12: Applying Study Techniques 50
65 Points

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The final exam consists of about eighty questions that cover all of the concepts taught in the course.

To prepare for the final exam, review all of the Self Check, unit quiz, and cumulative review questions. Questions on the final exam will cover all of the discussion material in the course.

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Your final grade will automatically be calculated based on your grade for each assignment and how each assignment is weighted in the course. The following chart shows how much each assignment is worth.

Grade Percentage Breakdown
Assignment Type Percentage of Final Grade
Unit 1 Quiz 5%
Unit 1 Portfolio 7%
Unit 2 Quiz 5%
Unit 2 Portfolio 7%
Unit 3 Quiz 5%
Unit 3 Portfolio 7%
Cumulative Review 1 3%
Unit 4 Quiz 5%
Unit 4 Portfolio 7%
Unit 5 Quiz 5%
Unit 5 Portfolio 7%
Unit 6 Quiz 5%
Unit 6 Portfolio 8%
Cumulative Review 2 4%
Final Exam 20%

Your grade will come from the combined percentage of your assignments and final exam according to this scale:

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% and 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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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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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.


8 computer-graded assignments; 6 instructor-graded submissions; may be resubmitted once for a fee.

A NOTE ABOUT PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking the work of someone else and claiming it as your own. To simply copy and paste ideas, words, or stories from the internet is stealing. This will NOT be tolerated at BYU Independent Study. If you plagiarize, you will receive an incomplete on the portfolio and must pay a fee to resubmit your own work. If you plagiarize twice, you will automatically fail the course.


1 proctored, computer-graded exam; may retake once for a fee; must pass in order to pass the course.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor.

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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