Author: Claire Moore

Teach Your College Students to Read Critically

Although it can be a challenge to convince college students to complete their reading assignments, just reading them isn’t enough. To really get the benefit of reading, students need to employ critical thinking skills. We cannot expect that all of our students possess these skills and know how and when to use them. Reading requires skills that have to be learned, and college-level reading requires additional skills to create student success. Here are some teaching tips to help your college students improve their critical thinking skills.

Reading textbooks

What exactly is reading, and what does it mean to read a Read More…

Tips for College Students: How to Answer Common Exam Questions

Many students feel that one reason they are not top students is that they are poor test takers. These students may not realize that an understanding of different types of test questions can help them create successful test taking strategies. In addition to study skills that help students learn the course material, we need to help our students to demonstrate what they know when they take an exam. What test taking tips will benefit your students?

Types of exam questions

The University of Waterloo Centre for Teaching Excellence explained “Exam questions: types, characteristics, and suggestions.” Generally speaking, there are two Read More…

How to Help Students Overcome Writer’s Block

Even when students choose to write on a topic that interests them, they may still experience the frustration of writer’s block. They may deal with the frustration by spending too much time researching and then run out of time when it comes to writing and revising their work. As instructors with advanced degrees, we’ve written more papers than we care to count. It’s easy to forget that our students are still neophytes when it comes to academic writing. What can we do to help students complete their writing assignments more effectively?

Reasons for writer’s block

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Helping Adult Learners Get Comfortable with Ed Tech

Your millennial students may take to ed tech resources like fish to water but the same may not hold for your nontraditional learners. Adult learners who have not been inside a classroom for many years or even decades may feel the extra challenge of dealing with unfamiliar technology in addition to the fear of dealing with assignments and learning new information.

Qualities of adult learners

It’s a mistake to assume that all adult learners are familiar with newer technologies. Moreover, they tend to have different goals, motivations and challenges than the traditional student. Qualities of adult learners to keep in mind Read More…

Winter Break Book Recommendations for Your Reading List

Winter break is a good time to snuggle up with your favorite beverage and catch up on your reading list. Our reading list for this year includes traditional holiday favorites, gripping novels, and poetry for every mood.

December books

Publishers Weekly posted a list of novels to hit the stores in December 2016. You’re sure to find something of interest here. The list includes:
    Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance Stateby Barton Gellman
    Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Futureby Joi Ito and Jeff Howe
    The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of America’s Greatest Political Familyby William J. Mann
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How To Help: College Students’ Biggest Time Management Challenges

Time management is your ability to plan and control how you spend the hours in your day to accomplish your goals. It helps to have strategies to be successful in managing one’s time. The strategies that worked well for students in high school may, however, fall short in meeting the obligations of college life. Classes, group work, study, and jobs now compete for the limited hours in a semester. The sooner that college students learn to adjust their time management skills, the better their chances of success.

Understanding college students’ challenges

In the spring of 2015 Cengage issued its Read More…

3 Tips for Effective Communication with Your College Students

When communicating with your students do you sometimes feel as if you’re speaking different languages? It’s just possible that, to a certain extent, you are. Instructions that you think are crystal clear may elude your students. Praise or critiques may fall short of achieving their aim. Keys to more effective communication are based on gaining a better understanding of your learners. Here are a few ideas to help you foster better communication with your students.

Be available

In order to be a better communicator, one must be available. Your keys to success start with making sure that your students Read More…

Top Test-taking Tips for College Students

How many times has your lecture been interrupted by a student asking, “Will this be on the test?” Unnerving as the question may be, it does demonstrate that the student is thinking ahead to the test. Though their focus may be short-sighted, you can nonetheless use their motivation to teach your students how to prepare for the test and then deal with different testing formats such as objective or essay exams.

Preparing for exams

In her book, Orientation to College Learning, 7th Edition, Dianna L. Van Blerkom addressed how students can master necessary college skills such as preparing for Read More…

The Latest Anti-plagiarism Tools for Instructors

When students are pressed to meet a deadline for a term paper, they may become lax in following the proper procedures for writing and citing their papers. The Internet, a treasure trove of useful information, is also full of material that can be used by students to avoid their academic responsibility. Fortunately there are several online tools to check for plagiarism. Here is a look at a few of them.

Dealing with plagiarism

Sometimes the plagiarism is intentional. A student deliberately copies and pastes information from online sources and then passes it off as original work. But sometimes plagiarism occurs Read More…

How to Help Adult Learners Stay Motivated and Stress-Free

Most people think of college students as young, twenty-somethings who have few responsibilities beyond academics. As instructors we know that many of our students are over the age of 25, have a job and a family to support. They have returned to school driven by a motivation to change careers, advance in their profession or complete a degree that was begun years ago. However, despite a firm motivation to succeed, these students face incredible challenges and stresses. What can we do as instructors to smooth their way and help them stay on track with their goals?

The advantage of

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