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Spring B, Quarter 1 {Quarterly Class Review}

Spring B, Quarter 1 {Quarterly Class Review}

With my first quarter completed at Arizona State University (ASU), I want to kick off my Quarterly Class Review Series. Each quarter, I’ll add a review of what came up and how the classes went.

As soon as I graduated from High School, I went to the Art Institute of Charleston (AI) for Web Design and Interactive Media. Receiving an Associate’s Degree allowed me to have quite a few transfer credits. This allowed me to get right into the psychology classes, the whole reason I’m going back to school. AI even gave me credit for Psychology 101, so even that class was taken care of.

Why I chose Arizona State University Online

I looked at about 10 schools prior to choosing one. I did research on the schools’ websites and finding reviews from students, and spoke with admissions counselors. I finally decided upon ASU because it was ranked really well on so many college lists.

 #1 in the US for Innovation from US News and World Report.

While I wasn’t able to take a sample course like some other schools allowed, I am very happy with my decision. The online classroom is every bit as innovative as told. Not to mention that you can read library books, and articles online, connect with students and teachers through the classroom just like you would in person.

Class this Quarter

I began classes at ASU with Psychology of Gender and Social Psychology. Two classes that I feel really begin to encompass the work that I want to do. Psychology of Gender covered topics on women, physical and mental health and differences in gender. Social Psychology went into how the world around someone effects them.

While I learned a lot about psychology, you can’t help but also be learning about yourself as well. When you read the books, you see your own patterns, strengths, and weaknesses. Homework assignments make you think about your past experiences. When combine with analysis of those behaviors, you really begin to see how and why you act the way you do.

Organizing my Schedule

My biggest worry about going to school online was being motivated to stay organized and on top of my assignments. I was surprised at how easily I was able to stay on track this quarter. The material was well organized and due dates made clear in the virtual classrooms. In the past I have needed an extreme amount of accountability. I may start out strong when first setting a goal, but after a while I just get bored and stop trying. Having due dates and deadlines like a regular in-person class was a huge help for me.

I used my Passion Planner to see when quizzes, and homework assignments were due. I was able to lay out my weeks for when I was going to work on what part of class. While the classes were well organized, having everything I needed organized on one sheet of paper made it much easier to stay on track.

With how well this quarter went, I feel as though this truly is my calling. I never got bored with the material and never needed any more accountability than the due dates. Everything was turned in on time and I didn’t feel rushed.

Passion Planner

My Passion Planner filled with school work and life

Learning Methods

I did have some trouble learning all of the material. It’s been 5 years since I was in school, and I really want to learn this content. I don’t want to go through school and only ‘get by’. ASU provides each student with a Success Coach, so on our weekly calls, I brought up study habits one day.

She gave me some great tips on how to takes notes and study more efficiently. I started off by trying the Cornell Method. This involved dividing a page in half to write a term or idea on one side and filling the other side with notes on that topic. After a couple of weeks of trying that method, I made my own variation. Instead of using sheets of paper, I used notecards. Each notecard is dedicated to one term or topic, and on the back, all notes regarding that topic are written. This makes studying much easier, all the information I need on each topic is in one spot and I can study without seeing the term.


I used 4×6 notecards to document all of my notes from the text and lectures.


The choice to go back to school is one of the best choices I’ve made for myself and I am thrilled to be attending Arizona State University. I look forward to continuing my education here. In three weeks I’ll be back in school with my next two classes for the Summer A quarter.


Posted by Ashley J King in Quarterly Class Review, 0 comments