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Learning Tools - Political Science: Overview

This Learning Tool contains resources for students in Political Science during tutoring sessions

Purpose

Welcome to the Learning Tool for Political Science (PLS). The purpose of this guide is to collect helpful resources for use during study help, as suggested by students, peer tutors, & instructors. Find links to helpful websites, study guides, and other helpful content.

Please contact Arwa Malaibari (Lead Tutor for HSSA) with suggestions at amalaiba@wccnet.edu or to learn about how to use these tools in a study session.

Currently we have Learning Tools for the following classes:

  • PLS 112
  • PLS 241

Study Tips

  • Focus on Terminology
  • Try to connect present policy with historical origins
  • Try to argue both sides of a policy to figure out why people might feel passionately about it
  • If you are triggered by arguments of an opposing side
    • switch to active listening
    • take notes on what you are feeling
    • take notes on what you think they are saying & why
    • ask open-ended questions instead of arguing
    • find an appropriate place to share your opinion, like a class assignment
    • don't just disagree--explain why
    • try not to use logical fallacies

Developing Study Skills for this Subject

Here are Study Skills Workshops that might help students in Political Science:

  • How to Study
  • Reading Strategies
  • Note-taking Strategies
  • Test-Taking Tips
  • Project Planning
  • Communicating with Instructors