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Distance Education at Mendocino College

Fall 2013    CCS 221 Becoming a Master Student (3 units)

Section 0460     Late-Start Class Begins 09/03/13

Course Description

This course will provide an exploration of intellectual, psychological, social and physical factors that impact college learning, well-being and success. Students will learn critical college-level skills and strategies for motivation and stress management and build a community for academic and personal support. Topics include learning styles, note and test taking, conflict resolution, time management and the power of affirmations.

Recommended Prep: English 80 or placement into English 200 through assessment process.

  • Instructor:  Riba Taylor
  • Email:
    After the class has started, please use Etudes Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information: Becoming a Master Student—Concise by Dave Ellis, 12th (!!) edition, ISBN-13: 978-0-547-12659-3, ISBN-10: 0-547-12659-X.
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 9 hours per week reading, working on research assignments, taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions. This class is not self-paced. Specific assignments and discussions are meant to be completed for the whole class at the same time.  
  • Special Requirements: Log into Etudes by the first day of class (9/3) and begin working on the first week’s assignments and discussions.
  • Additional Information: Please visit my faculty webpage to take a look at the course syllabus and the assignment calendar, as well as other information. Click here to read what students say about the class.
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the Etudes course management system. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails and private messages, and work independently.
  • New to ETUDES: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use ETUDES. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with ETUDES. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through ETUDES.
  • ETUDES Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Log in to your course on the first day of the class. Here's how:
Go to the ETUDES portal at

Log-in ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
Jose A. Garcia
Student ID: 1021945
Username = joga21945

Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411