July 24, 2017

Summer Bridge 2017: Final Week on Classroom Experience


July 24, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2017 Summer Bridge Program directed by SASSO finished its final week on Thursday at the Younkin Success Center. The incoming Buckeyes wrapped up their final lessons on how to be successful at Ohio State, as a student-athlete, with all the many resources available.

Wednesday’s session began with an introduction of what was covered in week four and what would be covered throughout the session, professor communication and classroom etiquette. Nicole Kraft, Dr. Davidson, Ben Scragg and Dr. Brad Turner led the lessons and discussions. They began the session with a last week’s topic that covered how to beneficially use iPads for their education. The student-athletes were asked, “What is the most interesting and valuable lesson learned that you have used since the last session?” A handful of student-athletes referenced using Canvas to submit an assignment, the split screen to take notes and read at the same time and speech-to-text to type an assignment. Kraft emphasized how handwriting is known to be the most beneficial approach to study, but having the organization of an iPad can better all aspects of studying.

The presenters guided the next discussion on classroom behavior as a student-athlete. Camscanner is an iPad app that allows the student to take photos of class material, like a syllabus on the first day of class, and store it on the app in an organized folder. The student-athletes were encouraged to bring their iPads to classes so they can stay organized with handouts, assignments and to take notes. Notability is another iPad app that is used as a note-taking platform that color coordinates different courses the student are enrolled in, cut, copy and paste images through text, record professor’s lectures that evolves into writing, and allows collaboration with group members for a project. The last iPad app mentioned in the session was Explain Everything, which features an interactive whiteboard. Kraft, Dr. Davidson, Scragg and Dr. Turner emphasized how advantageous this app can be for learning and understanding, especially when working with a tutor. Some of the features on the iPad app Explain Everything include: recording while writing, being able to play back the recording so tutor can further explain, import projects, make annotations, attach a link to create movies and export into multiple dropboxes. Scragg highlighted how useful this app is “Explain Everything works best if you’re with a tutor and you’re working on something that takes a long complex process to understand and you need to practice while on the bus or plane for a game. You would be able to look it over multiple times and practice.” Scragg said.

The student-athletes were grouped off with a guest presenter to discuss the differences between high school classes and college curriculum classes. This was a prime opportunity for the student-athletes to ask questions regarding communication with professors, in and out of the classroom, how to approach a professor about a sport-related absence and how to develop. The guest speakers wrapped up the day’s session with intriguing insight on how to be successful in the classroom:

“Utilize your calendar,” Kraft said. “Plan ahead and put in the effort to talk to your professors before a game rather than after when you need to make something up.”

“Nonverbal communication says a lot,” Dr. Turner said. “If you are texting during class a professor can see that and takes note. When you sit up at the front of a classroom, you don’t see all the distractions of everyone else.”

“Those personal relationships with professors and faculty will help you later in life when applying to graduate/professional school and when receiving letters of recommendation for a job,” Scragg said.