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COLS 1010 Class: SOS (Study – Organize – Succeed)

Catalog Description:

COLS 1010
"SOS – Study, Organize, Succeed"
Credits:  3

This course is designed to help students become more efficient, proficient, and self-aware learners.  It focuses on research-based learning strategies which can improve student performance in all courses. This course is offered as part of Roane State’s SAILS (Students Achieving Improved Learning Strategies) initiative and is part of Roane State’s Smart Start curriculum. (The course is offered in fall and spring semesters.)

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COLS 1010 class schedule: courses are offered at every campus

Note: most courses have a delayed start date. Those will have a "meeting dates" link.

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“Is this class for any student?”

Yes. The class is for any student who would like to become a more efficient learner and who is willing to put forth the effort to make it happen. The class is also part of Roane State’s Smart Start curriculum for students who are undecided about their majors.

“Will this class count toward my degree?”

For AS and AA degree seekers—Yes, but read on!  The class can count as a general elective from within the 19 general elective hours that the AS and AA degrees require.  Note that the class will NOT fulfill any of the 41 hours of general education course requirements.  In particular, COLS 1010 will NOT fulfill a Humanities Elective requirement.  However, if you are following an articulation agreement or transfer path that specifies all of the courses you must take, COLS 1010 would be an additional three credits above your graduation requirements.

For AAS degree seekers—Maybe!  Most of the AAS degree programs specify courses that will satisfy their elective requirements.  However, a few do not.  For example, those who are seeking an AAS in Contemporary Management, Criminal Justice, or Early Childhood Education can use COLS 1010 to satisfy 3-hours of elective credit.

For certificate seekers—No!  Your curriculum specifies all of the courses you need to take.

“Why do some sections of the class not start until five or six weeks into the semester?”

Former students told us that if they had been given the opportunity to take the class, they probably would not have signed up for it because they didn’t think they would need it.  It was not until they had experienced college for a few weeks that they realized the class could have helped them.

We’ve structured the class in such a way that, as long as spaces are still available, some students can register for the class during the first few weeks of the semester. 

Due to student feedback, we are also offering the class at the beginning of the semester.  When you register, be sure to pick the hybrid section if you want the late-start ten week version of the class (it will start with an H such as H25) or the traditional section number if you want the 15-week format.  Some sections may be in an accelerated format.  They last for five weeks and the section number will start with a Z such as Z25. Section numbers that begin with a T, such as T25, meet in the Idea room at the designated campuses. The content is the same regardless and students earn 3-credit hours in each format.

“How will I be graded if there are no tests?”

Grades will definitely be assigned and you will have to do your part to earn your grade. Rather than tests, however, grades will be determined based upon your level of class participation and the completion of a number of assignments.  If the assignments are not completed, your grade will definitely suffer. It is important for you to realize going into the class that you must take your assignments seriously in order to earn your grade and to benefit from the class.  You may experience some stress in meeting the deadlines for your assignments, but you will not have the stress of having to pass tests.

Some of the class assignments are based upon work you do in other classes you are taking. You see, we want you to apply what you learn in the SOS class in your other classes. Doing so will help you to perform better in those classes while also helping you to develop improved study habits. We think that is a win-win situation.