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Investigating Stress in College Students

A WebQuest for College Freshman ESL Students

Designed by

Kent Trickel
ktrickel@eslwonderland.com

IntroductionTaskProcessEvaluationConclusion


jutranja erekcija Introduction

It may not surprise you to find out that college students often suffer from extreme stress for a variety of reasons. There are so many demands made on you in college that it can sometimes be overwhelming. Unfortunately, this stress too often leads some students to consider dropping out of school. In fact, less than half of the students who start college end up graduating.

Don't be a statistic! Know what to expect and how to make the most of your college experience without getting too stressed out.

In this WebQuest, you will be a part of the Freshman Orientation committee that helps incoming freshman students get accustomed to college life and avoid the "burnout" that the stress of college can cause. You will investigate the causes of stress for college students, the symptoms of that stress, and how to avoid it or reduce it. You will learn about the physical and psychological processes involved with stress along with strategies that will help you get the most out of your college career. In addition, you will discuss your ideas with your classmates, and at the end of the WebQuest, you and your classmates will work together to produce a pamphlet for incoming freshmen and high school students planning to go to college.

mictie The Big Question: How can you get the most out of your college experience by learning more about stress?

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donne mature in cerca di uomini The Task

By following the process outlined below, you will complete the following tasks.

  1. You will work independently to research one of the following topics (Your topic will be assigned at the beginning of the WebQuest.):
    • The Causes of Stress in First-Year College Students
    • The Symptoms of Stress in First-Year College Students
    • Treatment and Prevention of Stress in First-Year College Students
  2. You will then discuss your findings with a small group who researched the same topic using the online discussion board.
  3. Finally, you will produce an information pamphlet for incoming freshmen and high school students planning to attend college. You will use tiina jylhän kauneusklinikka Microsoft Word to create your pamphlets. The finished products will be printed and distributed as part of a college orientation for incoming freshmen.

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μεγεθοσ πεουσ γυναικεσ The Process

Follow these steps to complete this WebQuest:

Getting Background Information about Stress

  1. Go to Webster's Dictionary online and look up the definition of stress. Take notes on the definition.
  2. Go to Encarta Online and look up the article on stress. Take notes on the contents.

Researching and Discussing one Aspect of Stress in College Students

  1. You will be assigned a group of classmates to work with. Each member of your group will research one of the following topics independently:
    • Group A
      Topic: Causes of Stress in First-Year College Students
      Follow the links in the Resources section below to find information about the causes of stress in first-year college students. You will have to scan the resources for the information you need. Take notes on your findings using the causes of stress note taking template.
    • Group B
      Topic: Symptoms of Stress in First-Year College Students
      Follow the links in the Resources section below to find information about the symptoms (effects) of stress in first-year college students. You will have to scan the resources for the information you need. Take notes on your findings using the symptoms/effects of stress note taking template.
    • Group C
      Topic: Treatment and Prevention of Stress in First-Year College Students
      Follow the links in the Resources section below to find information about preventing, reducing, and treating stress in first-year college students. You will have to scan the resources for the information you need. Take notes on your findings using the treatment/prevention note taking template.
Resources:
For more information about your topic, try a Google search using specific keywords.
  1. Next, you will discuss your research findings with your group using the online discussion topic for your group. Click on the link for your group's discussion and follow the instructions below to complete the discussion in a new browser window.

    Group A Discussion: Post one message naming and describing at least two causes of stress. In your message, relate any personal experiences you have had with the causes you describe.  Read your group members' messages and reply to the content of at least two of them.

    Group B Discussion: Post one message naming and describing at least two effects or symptoms of stress. In your message, relate any personal experiences you have had with the effects or symptoms you describe.  Read your group members' messages and reply to the content of at least two of them.

    Group C Discussion: Post one message naming and describing at least two ways to prevent, reduce, or treat stress. In your message, relate any personal experiences you have had with the strategies you describe.  Read your group members' messages and reply to the content of at least two of them.

Organizing your Ideas and Producing an Information Pamphlet

  1. Now that you have gathered information about your topic and discussed your ideas with your group, you will now work together with your group to produce a tri-fold information pamphlet aimed at helping college freshmen and high school seniors planning to attend college.

    Begin by organizing your group's information into an outline. Use the information from your research and your online discussion. Click here to download a Microsoft Word template to create a tri-fold pamphlet. Replace the text and images in the template with your own text and images. Your text should be written in paragraph/essay form. You can find images in the Microsoft Word clipart gallery. You may make any layout changes you wish, but keep the publication as a tri-fold pamphlet. Your pamphlet should contain mostly text. Images used should complement your text. Since you are working as a group, you may want to divide the pamphlet into sections and assign writing or design tasks to each group member. Text can be drafted as separate documents and then copied and pasted into the main document.

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Evaluation
 

 
Beginning

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Developing

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Accomplished

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Exemplary

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Research a topic and take notes Notes on research lack detail and include information from only one or two sources. Notes on research lack detail or may include information from only one or two sources. Notes on research are detailed and specific and include information that is synthesized from multiple sources. Notes on research are detailed and specific and include information that is synthesized from multiple sources, including sources found by searching the Internet and those listed on the WebQuest.

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Discuss research results in writing with a small group Original posting does not answer the questions posed and lacks detail and reference to personal experience or knowledge. Reply postings do not refer to the content of the original message and do not contribute meaningful commentary or questions to the discussion. Original posting answers the questions posed but lacks detail or does not reference personal experience or knowledge. Reply postings do not refer to the content of the original message or do not contribute meaningful commentary or questions to the discussion. Original posting answers the questions posed in a detailed message that includes reference to personal experience or knowledge. Reply postings refer to the content of the original message and contribute meaningful commentary or questions to the discussion. Original posting answers the questions posed in a detailed message that includes reference to personal experience or knowledge. Ideas posted are particularly insightful and articulate. Reply postings refer to the content of the original message and contribute meaningful commentary or questions to the discussion.

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Write the text for a collaborative information pamphlet Information pamphlet lacks detail or is off-topic. Information pamphlet contains information about the topic but lacks detail or is not written in paragraph/essay form. Information pamphlet contains detailed information about the topic  in paragraph/essay form that is useful to new college students adapting to college stress. Information pamphlet contains exceptionally detailed information about the topic  in paragraph/essay form that is insightful and useful to new college students adapting to college stress.

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(assigned by group)

Design a collaborative information pamphlet Design of the pamphlet is unappealing and contains no graphical elements. Design of the pamphlet is somewhat appealing and contains limited graphical elements. Design of the pamphlet is appealing and contains some graphical elements. Design of the pamphlet is appealing and contains graphical elements that enhance the written material.

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(assigned by group)

 
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Conclusion

During this WebQuest, you have researched and discussed one aspect of stress for college students. You have also collaborated with your classmates to produce an information pamphlet for incoming freshmen at your college. All three groups' pamphlets together will give you and incoming freshmen the information needed to adapt to college life and expectations while minimizing the negative effects of stress.
 

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Based on a template from The WebQuest Page

This WebQuest and Electronic Portfolio developed by Kent Trickel for ETAP 526-4585, SUNY Albany, Spring 2005.
Last updated 04/25/2005

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