Discuss two of the most valuable tools that you will use as you continue your academic career at CSU: goal and priority management; time management, test taking management, or study strategies.

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SLS 1000, Student Learning Success 1

Reflection Paper Instructions Every student studies, learns and recalls information differently. Every student will have a unique experience as they progress through their course of study. As a result, your last assignment in SLS will be a Reflection paper in which you take time to reflect upon your learning experiences over the past 8 units of material and connect them to your future progress at Columbia Southern University. Reflection involves critical thinking to examine the significance of your learning experience through insightful analysis. This assignment requires you to add an outside source of information relevant to your topic of choice and your personal reflection. In order to support your personal opinion, select content from professional, published works or you may use a quotation from a famous orator or writer. Any content or quotes require appropriate APA citation. Once you have completed your Reflection Paper, submit by uploading it through the “View/Complete” link located in Unit VIII. Do not e-mail your paper directly to your professor. By using the link, your university record will automatically be updated to indicate you have submitted your paper and the paper will be provided to your professor for grading. Below are four questions. Select one and provide your response in a minimum of 500 words. Remember to include one reference source with proper APA in-text and reference citation. A grading rubric has been placed on the last page as a guide for you when developing your paper.

Questions Select ONE of the following questions:

What are you most interested in and passionate about? How does that fit with what you are pursuing here at Columbia Southern University?

The struggles of life and college require planning, effort and execution. What did you do to accomplish your goals throughout this course?

Discuss two of the most valuable tools that you will use as you continue your academic career at CSU: goal and priority management; time management, test taking management, or study strategies.

Review the On the Road to Graduation: Characteristics of Success Online Students. What two items have you solidified in your academic life and what two items have you yet to accomplish in your academic career? What steps will you take to ensure that you accomplish these two „missing‟ items?

Reflection Paper

SLS 1000, Student Learning Success 2

Components Highly Competent Competent Satisfactory Not yet Satisfactory Score

Content

50 points

35-50 points

Captivates the reader. The writer carefully selected words for maximum effect and interest. The reader learns something about the writer from the essay.

20-34 points

Essay is interesting and well organized. There is some description and detail to support the key points.

19-10 points

Essay contains ideas written in a simple way. The reader may have trouble determining what the writer is trying to say.

0-9 points

The essay may not be clear to the reader and the ideas may not make sense. The writing has so many errors that the reader cannot figure out what it says.

Structure

20 points

15-20 points

Evident, understandable, appropriate for thesis. Excellent transitions from point to point. Work displays critical thinking and avoids simplistic description or summary of information.

10-14 points

Generally clear and appropriate, though may wander occasionally. May have a few unclear transitions, or a few paragraphs without strong topic sentences.

5-9 points

Generally unclear, often wanders or jumps around. Few or weak transitions, many paragraphs without topic sentences.

0-4 points

Unclear, often because thesis is weak or non- existent. Transitions confusing and unclear.

Mechanics

20 points

15-20 points

Sentence structure, grammar, and diction excellent; correct use of punctuation; minimal to no spelling errors; absolutely no run-on sentences or comma splices.

10-14 points

Sentence structure, grammar, and diction strong; punctuation often used correctly. Some (minor) spelling errors; may have one run-on sentence or comma splice.

5-9 points

Problems in sentence structure, grammar, and diction (usually not major). Some errors in punctuation and spelling. May have some run-on sentences or comma splices.

0-4 points

Serious problems in sentence structure, grammar, and diction. Frequent major errors in punctuation and spelling. May have many run-on sentences and comma splices.

SLS 1000, Student Learning Success 3

Use of APA: In- text citation(s), reference citation(s)

10 points

8-10 points

The ideas from source fluidly integrated by direct quote, paraphrase, and in- text citations, which add to the effectiveness of the essay. Both the in-text and the reference citation(s) are in appropriate APA format.

5-7 points

Minimal errors present in citation style including one to three of the following elements: author's name, date of publication, capitalization of article title, italics of journal, identification of volume and issue, page numbers, and punctuation. Direct quote(s) or paraphrasing used and the in-text citation(s) are identified in correct APA format.

3-4 points

The basic elements of referencing are included: the author‟s last name, year, and/or title is included within the essay; but is missing three or more of the following elements: capitalization of article title, italics of journal, identification of volume and issue, page numbers, and punctuation. Direct quote(s) or paraphrasing used but either the identification of the in-text citation(s) is missing or the in- text citation(s) contains formatting errors.

0-2 points

The ideas from the source are present, but are not identifiable. Many standards of APA format not observed; frequent errors in citation style; incomplete or not present.