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Individual scores on the worksheets will vary based on the extent to which you follow these instructions and develop thorough, thoughtful, well-written responses to each of the worksheet prompts.
Tips for doing well on worksheets:
Prior to clicking into a worksheet, be sure you have carefully reviewed all of the content referenced on the Learning Materials page for each module.
Length and depth of responses: You may be wondering “how long should my responses be for each of the worksheet prompts?” You’ll find some of the worksheet prompts ask you for specific data (your results on a specific survey or instrument, for example). In these cases, just the data is fine. However, each of the worksheets will also have prompts that ask you more open-ended questions – designed for thoughtful elaboration and making connections between what you are learning and your own life. These types of questions require thoughtful writing and more in-depth responses if you are hoping to earn full credit on the worksheet. In responding to these types of prompts, remember my rule of thumb, “More is better in terms of thoughtful engagement and writing.” That said, you might also keep the “Goldilocks Rule” in mind for each of your responses – which is not too long, not too short but “just right.” That means answering the questions succinctly (not rambling) but thoroughly (that is, with sufficient content to demonstrate thoughtful engagement of the material). Generally, that means two to three well-constructed paragraphs per prompt / sub-prompt for the open-ended types of prompts.
Connecting with the course learning materials: I want to point out one other important consideration with respect to doing well (and scoring well) on the worksheets. Be sure to CONNECT WITH (and informally reference) applicable content from the module’s learning materials. Making connections to the learning materials is one way that I can determine the extent to which you have read and processed the weekly learning materials. It’s your responsibility to read / view actively, make connections between what you’re thinking about with respect to the worksheet prompts and the learning materials, and then illustrate those connections within your responses to applicable worksheet prompts. All other things being equal, this is what will separate the “A” scores from the “B” scores – I’m looking for the connections you’re making! You might take a moment to refer to the reading (from Module One Learning Materials) on active reading techniques. Developing the habit of reading actively (and keeping a learning log of some sort) will help you make these connections explicit. You may be amazed at how much more you remember by following these simple steps.
Written communication skills: Finally, I expect your worksheet responses to be well-written and thoughtfully composed, free of spelling and grammar errors. Hot Tip: Sometimes it’s better to type up your response in Word and then copy / paste them into the worksheets.
For this particular worksheet, question 2 is a multi-part, open-ended question, deserving of a well thought out response. Generally, that means two to three well-constructed paragraphs (about 150 words), and be sure to address ALL ASPECTS of the prompt!