When students are first taught to read, it is usually done with a very thorough, methodical approach that requires reading each word carefully and sounding out any words that are unfamiliar. Fast forward to college and all of a sudden that approach becomes cumbersome when time is of the essence. It also doesn’t guarantee you’ll […]
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When students are asked about the outcome they may expect to receive upon completion of a degree program, they often talk about the knowledge they’ll acquire, the specialization obtained for a new job or career, improved skill sets, and many conclude by saying that they will become “smarter”. While the concept of “getting smarter” in […]
These are some of a handful of language enthusiasts who have taken on the challenge of learning not one or two but dozens of languages.
Whether you are a student attending a traditional college or online school, it is important to utilize your instructor as a resource, mentor, and coach. They will evaluate your assignments so they are your best contact when you feel uncertain about what is expected from you. Over time they gain insight about your academic strengths […]
Going to college can be exciting, rewarding, life-changing, challenging, stressful, and demanding all at the same time. Students will feel pressure to perform, get good grades, choose a major, decide on a career, compete with their peers, write well, and communicate effectively. As a student, how you react to these demands often determines how well […]
Frustration is a common reaction to situations in which we feel (or perceive) that circumstances and events are beyond our immediate control or there are roadblocks that prevent us from accomplishing a task or goal. Occasional periods of frustration can be productive if they prompt new ideas and solutions. But continued frustration can have an […]
When you consider the word “˜charisma’ – what comes to mind? Do you think of a particular world leader, a manager at work, or a professor who was a dynamic speaker? It is a word that denotes a positive quality, a sense of self-confidence and resilience. But for many, it is also a quality that […]
Here are the 10 best games to simulate the experience of stock market investing first, to learn what to do with your hard-earned cash.
If you have developed an awareness of your online presence and learned to behave appropriately when utilizing technology, you are maintaining proper digital citizenship – a crucial skill set that many of your college peers lack. Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, believes that “for the most part, kids who are in […]
Your desk just might be making you sick, tired, and unproductive, and chances are you don’t even know about it.
Are there times when you feel uninspired or unable to come up with new ideas, innovative solutions, or creative answers? Do you ever think that you are just going through the motions but not making progress because your school work seems like a struggle? If you believe that something is holding you back from doing […]
When it comes to a person’s well being, educational attainment plays a significant role. As the country becomes more ethnically diverse, it’s important to examine the levels of education different racial groups are attaining.
How do you feel about your progress in college now? Do you approach each day with a confident feeling that you know you’ll accomplish all of the required tasks, develop the academic skills needed, and know that you have the capacity to learn new skills and be involved in the learning process? This is probably […]
Stress is a part of college life. This is nothing new. But the level of stress, poor mental health, and overwhelming anxiety is growing amount students. Anxiety not only makes every day life difficult, but it can also lead to poor physical health, which in turn can lead to expensive visits to nurses and doctors. […]
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You can learn and practice many of the essential public speaking skills on your own, with the help of some really great web tools.
College students need to be expert multitaskers – balancing competing demands, approaching deadlines, and personal responsibilities in a limited amount of time. Many react by establishing a set routine so they can feel a sense of control. But then a new assignment or forgotten deadline threatens their equilibrium. Over time students probably get used to […]
As a successful college student there are many skill sets you need to perform your best in class. Though you may be aware of skills you possess that are well-developed or skills that you want to learn, there may be other areas you discover through feedback that you will need to develop. It is important […]
While the number of American college students – online and offline — continues to rise, not all students will successfully complete their degree program. In fact, the United States has the lowest completion rate – a dismal 46% — among 18 nations tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. That’s despite the initiatives […]
If I told you that goal setting is an important success strategy for your work as a student, I doubt you would be surprised by that statement. And yet, many students simply do not have their formal goal statements written down. Sure, some will tell me they know what they ultimately want to accomplish once […]
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In a post last week, I explored how students can train themselves to become critical thinkers to supercharge their learning. In that piece, there was a silent partner, the course instructor. Teachers – at every level – can help students to acquire a thoughtful mindset that can pay dividends in student motivation, class participation, and, […]
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Every student has the same amount of time – 24 hours per day and 168 hours per week. Yet the amount of hours available for school work can vary widely amount students because of professional responsibilities and personal commitments. Students are required to complete their assignments on time regardless of their personal schedules – there […]
Preparing for a class presentation may cause sweaty palms and butterflies, but sharing your ideas in front of a group need not fill you with feelings of terror or force you to rely on overloaded PowerPoint slides that put an entire class to sleep. The key to creating a class presentation is to approach it […]
What is your initial reaction when you receive feedback from your instructor? Many students feel apprehension and they often focus on any form of constructive criticism. Some students get so discouraged by negative feedback that they get upset, respond emotionally, or disregard it all together. If that has happened to you, you are missing out […]
There are many personal stories surfacing of people whose lives have been changed for the better thanks to open education.
Despite being immersed in college classes that demand reading and writing about required topical material, students are often ill equipped to tackle higher cognitive thinking about their courses. Critical thinking – a learnable skill with educational and workplace implications – requires focused effort and conscious practice, yet it seems that they aren’t being taught to […]
With these 20 apps, your kids can learn how to write letters, develop phonics, and even write their own books.