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May 3, 2007

Course to help boost college study skills

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University is offering a summer class to help current and future college students excel in the classroom.

The College of Liberal Arts will offer the eight-week class, called GS290X, that takes place from 6-8:50 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 11. The class is open to anyone, including adults returning to school, incoming college students and college seniors preparing for graduate school.

"Too many students spin their wheels when they study," said Sara Jane Coffman, instructional development specialist and course instructor. "Putting information into their brains is like trying to put sticky notes on their foreheads, but the sticky notes don't have enough glue on them. In this course, students learn to input and retrieve information so it sticks."

Working in small groups, students practice how to take multiple-choice tests, take notes and read a college textbook.

Students also will apply speaking, comprehension, and writing skills by reading the novel "Dances with Wolves" and comparing it to the movie.

"Even if a recent high school graduate will not attend Purdue this fall, they can still pick up skills that will help them adjust and prepare for studying at the college level," Coffman said.

For more information, contact Coffman at (765) 494-5110, sjcoffman@purdue.edu.

Current and incoming Purdue students can register for the class through their academic adviser. Others should contact the Office of Admissions at (765) 494-1776 for fee and course information. Students can register until the first day of class to avoid a late fee.

Media contact: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Sara Jane Coffman, (765) 494-5110, sjcoffman@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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