Could you please explain what is the university extensions and does it have any requirement to join the extension?
Utah State University Extension is part of Utah State University, the land-grant college of Utah. Every state in the United States has a similar system, often called the Cooperative Extension Service. Throughout the state, counties cooperate in funding state employees who work to disseminate the science-backed knowledge generated at the university. County Agents often teach and consult with their county's farmers and ranchers to help them produce food in a sustainable and profitable way.
Although Extension is part of the university, the classes and workshops we teach are not for college credit. These classes teach skills and knowledge people can use to improve their daily lives.
Cooperative Extension publishes Fact Sheets on many topics, including horticulture, agriculture, nutrition, cooking, food safety, home economics, and more.
Another large component of Cooperative Extension across the U.S. is the 4-H program, leading youth to personal growth and leadership abilities.
There is no "entrance fee" or any need to "join" the Cooperative Extension in your state. Simply look for your state's Cooperative Extension service and find the nearest office to check it out!
Posted on 3 May 2007
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County
How can I be a more successful student?
Some tips that may help you be a successful student can be divided into three areas:
1. What you do before class.
2. What you do during class.
3. What you do after class.
- What can you do before classes begin? Do you have a plan for your education? It is important to know where you are going even in the short term. Every student ought to have an outline of classes and/or potential classes, a result of contacting and discussing a plan with an academic counselor.
- Next, do you know your learning style? Some people are visual learners who need charts and pictures and to put class notes in an outline form. Others are auditory learners who need study groups, lectures or taped notes. A third learning style is kinesthetic. This type of learning takes place when you study with another person, use note cards, stand up and walk around or create a model of the information. Almost all courses can be converted into one of these learning styles. Having a good attitude, even about a subject that you have little interest in, will improve your chance of success in a class.
- Prepare for every class. Most instructors hand out a syllabus in the first class meeting to help you be prepared for class. I suggest that the reading material should be read with the idea of becoming familiar with the vocabulary or concepts -- do not try to memorize the book. Some instructors may not even refer to the book. Some may follow the book very closely. Be prepared before you enter class. Have a notebook, pen or pencil and calculator, if needed. Do you need a laptop computer? Most research indicates no.
- What happens in class? A critical skill to develop is listening strategy. To be successful, a student must be present physically and regularly. It also means being in a position to hear and see the speaker, focusing on the speaker and maintaining eye contact. Sitting close to the speaker helps maintain concentration. Listening also means being mentally alert: avoiding mental distractions such as daydreaming, talking and thinking about family problems and everything else going on.
- Usually everyone takes notes during class. Note taking is different than listening. Note taking forces you to listen and actively participate in class. Have a notebook for each class; develop a note-taking style that is suited for you. There are many different formats that can help you as well as common abbreviations and symbols that can be developed. Do not try to take down every word but the general concept or essential points. If something is written on a board, an overhead or a computer presentation, then it is important. Often instructors use signal or key words, such as, "The four parts of this concept are..." When another concept is introduced start the process over.
- What to do after class? Review notes soon to correct mistakes, fill in information, emphasize key concepts and review, review, review and review. If your learning style demands a study group, then form or join one. Meet your instructor after class for clarification or just get to know him or her. Ask the instructor if you can tape the class if that is your style. You may wish to get tutoring help from other students. It is also a good idea to develop some memory strategies such as review, rehearse, associate or organize.
- Time management is always a key. If you are a working adult or have family obligations, it becomes crucial to manage your time carefully. What is the best method? Some students treat school like a job and spend the appropriate amount of time. Others like to be active in many different parts of life and can concentrate better that way.
Posted on 4 Jan 2001
How can I improve my memory and concentration skills?
With school bells ringing, now is the time to develop proper study habits. Consider these tips to improve memory and concentration skills.
- Reduce external distractions by taking the phone off the hook or turning off the cell phone, getting away from background noise and telling others to take time out from talking to you. Accept responsibility for your study activities. Avoid daydreaming. Put a paper next to you to record distracting ideas that can be taken care of later. Set aside a location that is only for studying, and if possible, study at the same time each day.
- Take sides on issues you read about to help create interest in what you're studying. Find relationships between old interests and new materials.
- Study small sections at a time to master specific ideas rather than trying to master large sections of material in a short time. Take planned, short breaks as a relief and reward. Give yourself long-term and short-term rewards as incentives for accomplishing a specific learning activity.
- Study the most difficult material when you are the freshest. Eat appropriately and sleep enough so your study time is focused and used most profitably. When possible, study with others in small, focused groups.
- Learn proper memorization techniques. There are two ways to memorize: by rote (mechanically) and by understanding. Multiplication tables and telephone numbers are learned by rote. Ideas, concepts and theories are best learned by understanding. Never be satisfied with a hazy idea of what you are reading. If you are not able to follow the thought, review the reading. Relate new ideas to your current knowledge.
- Survey the reading. When studying, break the material into parts, but keep the whole in mind. Experiments indicate that a quick survey of the material headings and summaries before reading gives an orientation that increases retention.
- Recite the material. Rapid forgetting is common after a reading session (up to 60 percent), but can be significantly reduced by spaced verbal or written reciting of the material. Reciting can take place as you read each section or paragraph and should be in your own words. Read aloud passages you find difficult.
- Make up illustrations of the material you've studied. Your own examples will be easier to remember at exam time. Flash cards are useful when studying languages. Outline a chapter or lecture and fill in key words, concepts or write in examples. As you write the material, you will know immediately whether you have learned the information.
- Review information immediately. The best review time is soon after learning has taken place. The beginning and the end of material studied is the best remembered, so pay close attention to the middle as you study. Review the material to refresh your memory before going to bed, unless you are physically or mentally overtired. Freshly learned information is better remembered after a period of sleep rather than after an equal period of daytime activity.
Posted on 10 Aug 2006
Director of Ogden-Davis Area Center
How do I register or the up coming fall semester?
If you are asking how to register for an Extension program or workshop, please provide the name of the event and I will find the information for you.
If you are asking how to register for a class provided through USU Distance Learning at Snow College, please Whitney Fonville (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are asking how to register for a class provided through Utah State University on the Logan campus, please go to http://www.usu.edu/admissions/
Hopefully this information is helpful; if not please give me a call at 435 283 7596.
Posted on 2 Jun 2009
Family and Consumer Science/ 4-H & Youth Agent
I want to teach a group of young women to cook using your recipes for mixes. How do I get permission to print your recipes for my class?
If the recipes are from my cooking classes, you are free to copy anything you would like to copy. All of Extension materials are public domain - which means you have access to do anything you want to them including make copies.
Posted on 25 Apr 2008
County Director, Family & Consumer Science Agent, Cache County