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SOS-110 & Capstone | request for motivation
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I have completed all the courses except SOS-110 & Capstone.

I fear enrolling as I am from Asia(India), and all my school/college works are memory-based (write the same answer from the book). We get good marks only if we match the exact words from the book.

How can I strategize to pass these courses? Please guide.
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Look at previous completed capstones. Read about how to pick topics, do research, and write research papers. Have your topic chosen before you begin the course.
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This is the BSBA Capstone - there is no research, it's a project, it's basically a set of assignments and discussions - don't spend too much time on the case studies/reading - it's the assignment that counts, as I mentioned in many of my posts spend roughly 20/80 of your time on Cornerstone and Capstone.  Cornerstone is a little work compared to the Capstone, so take the bulk of your 3 months on the capstone itself.  Review the course details for BUS-421 here: https://www2.tesu.edu/course.php?CourseCode=BUS-421&sem=

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

Online discussions (11)—15 percent
Case study assignments (7)—35 percent
Midterm exam (proctored, online, Modules 1–4)—25 percent
Proficiency assessment—5 percent
Final project—20 percent
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(02-23-2021, 05:23 PM)akr680 Wrote: I have completed all the courses except SOS-110 & Capstone.

I fear enrolling as I am from Asia(India), and all my school/college works are memory-based (write the same answer from the book). We get good marks only if we match the exact words from the book.

How can I strategize to pass these courses? Please guide.

This is a big question! One issue is that you're asking a forum of people who have grown up with this Western-style of education - natives tend to be the worst to ask about these things because they can't recognise what they experience, because to them, it's just normal.
It's like a fish asking a human how to breathe air instead of water. I have no idea how, I just do it, because it's all I've ever known.

It may be more worthwhile to ask some other migrants who have experienced a similar situation, as they will not only understand what you're asking, but will have lived experience in how to adapt to the changed teaching styles.

I did teach for a few years in a similar environment (where the teacher was basically God, the fount of all knowledge, and students were just there to quietly write down whatever I wrote on the board, and then memorise it, regardless of whether they actually understood the content). So I know what you're talking about, having experienced the other side - even if I can't imagine it for myself.

I think the fact that you're self-aware is the first step, because it signifies that you have an ability to recognise that your own experience is not the only possibility. Being able to consider ideas as meritous, even if one doesn't hold them, is a major component of critical thinking.

One tactic I used to use with my students, to try to get them to think independently, is to continually ask them why they thought the way they did. Why do you believe that? What's your justification? Why do you disagree with the opposing view? What if you held the opposing view? How would you argue in favour of that view?
If you can do that stuff, really, you'll be fine. It's just about understanding there is no one true truth, but instead lots of different ideas and beliefs - very few of which are inherently superior.

The good news is, the American education system is rapidly moving away from this critical thinking model, and regurgitation of authorised ideas is becoming more and more prevalent. It may not be nearly the problem you're thinking it will be.
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(02-23-2021, 05:23 PM)akr680 Wrote: I have completed all the courses except SOS-110 & Capstone.

I fear enrolling as I am from Asia(India), and all my school/college works are memory-based (write the same answer from the book). We get good marks only if we match the exact words from the book.

How can I strategize to pass these courses? Please guide.

I wrote a guide on the S0S-100, that course you can't fail, you either will get an A or B.

The main thing is to be careful falling into the MyLab Black Hole.
https://www.degreeforum.net/mybb/Thread-...Experience
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I would practice writing research papers in advance if you have not done one in a while or ever. Perhaps on the same topic you plan to write about for your actual capstone. Do you have any experience making presentation slides and an oral presentation?
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You can think of SOS-110 as a course that can help prepare you for the Capstone. It will consist of small writing assignments that should be fairly managable as it's intended to prepare freshmen to succeed in their courses. If you are truly nervous, you may want to take them separately instead of concurrently.
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