Archive for July, 2012

Improve Your Reading Comprehension with Speed Reading Strategies

Improve Your Reading Comprehension with Speed Reading Strategies

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 […]

Three Important Forms of Intelligence and Their Influence on Your Performance

Three Important Forms of Intelligence and Their Influence on Your Performance

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 […]

Tips for Talking to Your College Instructor

Tips for Talking to Your College Instructor

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 […]

Learn How to Develop Grace Under Pressure

Learn How to Develop Grace Under Pressure

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 […]

The Student’s Toolbox for Coping With Frustration

The Student’s Toolbox for Coping With Frustration

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 […]

Why Charisma Matters in College and Your Career

Why Charisma Matters in College and Your Career

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 […]

Digital Citizenship Basics for College Students

Digital Citizenship Basics for College Students

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 […]

10 Signs Your Desk Sucks

10 Signs Your Desk Sucks

Your desk just might be making you sick, tired, and unproductive, and chances are you don’t even know about it.

How You Can Avoid Getting Stuck in a Rut

How You Can Avoid Getting Stuck in a Rut

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 […]

A Look Into Higher Education, Ethnicity, and Race

A Look Into Higher Education, Ethnicity, and Race

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.

Improve Your Self-Confidence and Become a Better Student

Improve Your Self-Confidence and Become a Better Student

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 […]

Don’t Let Stress and Anxiety Get the Best of You

Don’t Let Stress and Anxiety Get the Best of You

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. […]

Why Managing Change Is an Essential 21st Century Skill

Why Managing Change Is an Essential 21st Century Skill

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 […]

The Meaning of Mastery: How to Identify and Learn a New Skill

The Meaning of Mastery: How to Identify and Learn a New Skill

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 […]

Characteristics of Highly Successful College Students

Characteristics of Highly Successful College Students

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 […]

Goal-Setting is an Often Forgotten but Powerful Work/Life Skill

Goal-Setting is an Often Forgotten but Powerful Work/Life Skill

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 […]

Instructors Must Bring Critical Thinking to the Classroom

Instructors Must Bring Critical Thinking to the Classroom

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, […]

Quick and Easy Steps to Improve Your Personal Productivity

Quick and Easy Steps to Improve Your Personal Productivity

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 […]

Your Next Presentation Could Be Your Best – Here’s How

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 […]

Why Negative Feedback Will Make You a Better Student

Why Negative Feedback Will Make You a Better Student

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 […]

Thinking Critically: The Most Important Skill for Student Success

Thinking Critically: The Most Important Skill for Student Success

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 […]