Welcome to the Financial Literacy and Student Success Wiki

Students at WVNCC taking financial literacy and student success will be using this wiki to access the Student Success content. This content will include links, PowerPoints, and other resources that will help students with the content.

Course Content:

The syllabus from the course can be accessed here:

Journal Topics

Due Date
What do you hope to learn from this course? This could include topics in financial literacy and/or student success.
Discuss three to four study tips you would give to another student.
In one paragraph, write at least one of each of the following:
  • short-term
  • intermediate-term, and
  • long-term
personal financial goal using the SMART goals system.
In a second paragraph, list the classes you are taking this semester, the grades you hope to get in each course, and at least one goal related to promoting your success (i.e., study at least one hour per day). The grades you hope to get are goals you are working towards, and your student success goal, if you follow it, will help you achieve those grades.
EXTRA CREDIT: What is your preferred method for managing your time (i.e., calendaring, day planner, iPhone app, etc.)? Why?
Discuss the difference between federal and private loans.
Discuss one way that you can change your credit practices to have a positive impact on your credit score.
Option1 : Using the college Catalog, pick a degree (it could be yours) and review the classes required for the first semester. Discuss whether you agree with the classes listed to be taken in the first semester and explain any changes you would recommend (i.e., do you think the change would allow the student to be less stressed and more successful?).
Option 2: What is your goal for graduation (stated as a SMART goal)? How many hours have you completed towards your major? How many more do you need to complete? How many credit hours do you plan to take per term? Considering all of the previous questions, will you be able to graduate when you intended (based on your response to the first question)? If not, how might you reassess your goal for graduation or plan out your schedule to graduate on time?
Write about 3-4 topics you learned from the presentation on mortgages and real estate.
Discuss why it is important to know how money works.
Highlight 5 financial literacy topics/points you learned and will use, and then highlight 5 student success topics/points you learned and will use. (Tip: use this journal as an opportunity to practice/review for the final.) DUE THE DAY OF YOUR FINAL EXAM

Small Project Feature Assignment

This project will be due March 20. You can use the class PowerPoints, your notes, text, and online resources to create the content. Below are sections that explain different aspects of the project.

Section 1: Topics
You can choose from any topic that we have covered/will cover in this course, including active listening, note-taking, memory and information processing, study skills strategies, time management, goal setting, budgeting, student loans, credit cards and credit reports, Satisfactory Academic Progress, academic advising and college policies, critical thinking, mortgages and real estate, identity theft, insurance, stress management, conflict management, and bargain shopping. You will present material on this topic in a creative way by putting together a brochure or PowerPoint.

Section 2: Your Audience and “Stage”
Your audience includes:
  • Your instructors
  • Other students and college members (staff, faculty, etc.)
You should do the best you can to present this project with high regard for quality.

Section 3: Display How to Apply Material
Make sure that you provide examples or demonstrations of how your topic could apply in someone’s real life. For example, if the topic you were to cover was “Study Skills,” you might explain how using flashcards for a test including key words, names, and concepts can help one study information, or you could show how calendaring one’s time can help one develop a study plan by providing a calendar or chart that your audience could use for themselves.

Section 4: Picking Your Format and Materials
You can determine which format you will use to present your material. You can do one of the following (CIRCLE THE ONE YOU WILL USE):
  • A brochure created a program like Microsoft Publisher
  • A PowerPoint presentation

The following document includes the above instructions as well as a grading rubric:

Captstone Project: .

The Capstone Project is a culmination of what you have learned in this class. This assignment is a significant portion of your grade, so be sure to spend the needed time to do a professional job on this project.

Using the topic you had for your small project feature, expand on this topic in more detail. You have the following options for your capstone (you only need to choose one):

1. Create a game (web-based, using PowerPoint, board game, etc.) centered on your topic. This game should include a set of rules, a point system, and a reward system. An example may be a game of Jeopardy or Family Feud covering your topics. Another example would be creating a Trivial Pursuit-type of game about your topic.

2. Create an informational website through wikispaces.com. This website should include:
Explanation of the content.
Helpful links.
Practice tools (i.e., worksheets or other homework).

3. Interview EITHER your academic advisor OR a financial literacy expert (i.e., a loan officer) about your topic. You must devise the questions, have the questions preapproved by your instructors, and set up the interview with the individual. After the interview, type a 2-page report on what you learned.

4. Create a lesson plan on your topic. This would include:
3-5 learning objectives (i.e., “To appreciate the importance of a good credit record” is an example of a learning objective)
Lecture notes (or a PowerPoint) originally devised by you for a 45 minute presentation
Homework assignments (for example, if you want your students to complete a worksheet, you need to create the worksheet)
5-10 question quiz

5. Read a book or magazine about your topic and write a four-page summary and a one-page application of a specific part of the material to real life (apply the content to yourself or another individual).

6. Other assignment as preapproved by your instructors.

Due Dates:
First Draft due: April 3
Final Draft due: April 10


Be sure to study from your notes, texts, and the PowerPoints provided on this site. To further help you study, here is the slideshow covering topics that will help you with the final: .

Student Success Lessons

PowerPoints & Notes
Note-Taking: Top 5 Tips
Student Tips

Go to www.kuderjourney.com to create an account and complete the available assessments in time for our next class meeting on January 31. Bring your assessment results with you on 1/31. Also, go to www.collegecentral.com to register or update your profile. Print a copy of your homepage in your account to receive credit for this portion of the assignment.
Study Skills and Test Taking

See attachment: . Also, for extra credit (5 points) go to
http://www.emporia.edu/sac/academic-success-program/study-skills-inventory.html to assess your study skills. Write down your results for Textbooks, notetaking, memory, test prep, concentration, and time management on a sheet of paper. Complete and bring all required assignments to class the week of 2/7. Extra credit can be submitted by 2/14.
2/7 & 2/14
Time Management
http://www.43things.com/ (goal setting) http://www.rememberthemilk.com/
(task lists)
(multifunctional: create documents, spreadsheets, etc.)

Use Excel or draw a chart of the remaining weeks in the semester to create a semester-long calendar of when major assignments, projects, and tests will be due or occur. An example is at the end of the PowerPoint. Bring this to class on 2/21.
If you need a template for your calendar, here is one you can use:
Advising & College Policies

Run a degree evaluation on Northern on the Web and bring to class on 3/20.
Critical Thinking

No homework.
Conflict Management

No homework.
Stress Management &
Conflict Management

RELAX! But also be sure to keep working on your Capstone project.

Review the list above for the final journal topic. Journals assigned since the midterm (March 27-May 1) can be submitted the day of the final. Late journals will receive partial credit if turned in on this day.

Financial Literacy Lessons

Power Points & Notes
Budgeting and Savings

Review Lessons One and Two in NEFE book.
Create a Personal budget and bring to class the week of 2/14.
Online Resources

Student Loans

Go to https://www.nslds.ed.gov to look up your loan or Pell history and bring a copy to class the week of 2/21.
Credit Cards
(Run your credit reports for free)

Read Unit 4 in NEFE (blue) book. The week we discuss credit cards and credit reports.
EXTRA CREDIT: Run your credit report for free at www.annualcreditreport.com. Bring a copy of at least one credit report (Experian, TransUnion, or Equifax). You can black out all personal information but be sure your name and the date of the report are visable.
Satisfactory Academic Progress & Academic Plans

Run a degree evaluation on Northern on the Web and bring to class the week of 3/20.
Retirement and Investments

Read Unit 3 in NEFE (blue) book. This week, you will have a presenter on retirement and investments.

Identity Theft

Before class, Read 72-76 in the blue Financial Planning book. This section covers identity theft, which will help with class on this day.
Bargain Shopping


Read Unit 6 before class to review information about insurance.