Author: Ginny Gaylor

How to Debate: Respecting Different Viewpoints

No doubt there is an art to debating. Learning how to debate effectively and still respect others’ different viewpoints is a skill that can serve you well as a college student and beyond. Learn more about tips for debating without belittling that will make you a more effective and empathetic communicator.

Debate is everywhere

During the recent political season, there were plenty of strong and different viewpoints about the candidates. As a result, learning how to debate and respect others who you disagreed with could have been a constant challenge. But debate happens every day about a multitude of issues. Austin Read More…


Tips for Students: When Your Final Grade Depends on Group Work

Working in a group is a challenge, sometimes, whether you are a college student or an adult in the workforce. Not to put even more pressure on you, but what if your final grade depends on that group work? You can handle it and even do well if you use these tips for working on a group project.

Why group work?

If your instructor has assigned a group project, most likely it is because they want to reinforce communication and collaboration—both are valuable skills for college students to take out into the real world. But what if your fellow students Read More…


Tips for Students: Top Study Habits

For every college student that has established good study habits, there is another who needs help with how to study in college. We’ve compiled some study strategies that should assist you in achieving your goals and objectives, no matter the course.

Assessing your study habits

A key area for any college student in the quest to obtain good study habits is time management and motivation. If these are areas that you struggle in, they should be at the top of your goals and objectives list to tackle. After all, how to study in college really begins with the understanding of Read More…


Tips for College Students: Success Through Time Management

As a college student, you quickly learn that there are good habits and bad ones. Unfortunately, sometimes you may need help learning how to translate tips for success into your study habits. Read on for help setting priorities along with other tactics to improve your college experience.

Good habits for college students

When setting priorities, there are three main things all college students should remember: Don’t put yourself in an impossible situation. Prioritize which classes are most important, use your time wisely to create success, and plan for two hours of studying for every hour of class.
Be sure to define priorities. Read More…


How to Improve Learning Outcomes with Data-Driven Decisions

Instructors of college students, or any students for that matter, want to create the best possible learning outcomes for those they are teaching. But ideas on how to improve results have changed over the years. The latest trend focuses on data-driven decisions to better educate college students. Read on to learn tips for improving learning outcomes in your classroom.

Using student data

Data-driven decisions have been a part of education since education was first formalized in the United States. Teachers used information about how students did in certain areas and what techniques worked best to adapt their methods to create Read More…


Tips for College Students: Your Future Career in STEM

Have you considered a future career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)? As employment trends change in the U.S., there are more and more opportunities in these four areas for all college students, but especially for female students. Another take on this path is “STEAM.” STEAM encompasses the STEM subjects, but also incorporates the arts. Take a look at these helpful tips to consider if you’re interested in a STEM career.

The job outlook for STEM

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, college students need to put some serious thought into pursuing a STEM degree. Job opportunities in fields related Read More…


Teaching Tips to Help with Student Motivation and Struggling Students

Midterm exam time has passed, and now as a college instructor you may be left wondering how to assist your struggling students. Another concern may be student motivation for those college students that are breezing through the class and starting to seem disengaged. Both are issues that can be addressed with some innovative teaching tips.

What are college students thinking?

Author Peter Filene discussed the importance of listening to students prior to starting class to discover their preconceptions in The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors. Filene recommended college instructors ask what students think about Read More…


How to Prepare College Students for Midterm Exams

The goal of any educator is to impart new knowledge to students and have them retain that information. For college students about to take midterm exams, that is especially important. Try these simple teaching strategies to help prepare your students for success.

Types of tests

When it comes to midterm exams or any test, there are two basic styles to choose from for your college students. Which you select will depend on the course you are teaching and the goals you have for your class. The first option is an objective test, including true/false, multiple-choice, fill-in-the- blank, and matching questions. With an Read More…


5 Teaching Strategies for Struggling Students

It can be challenging to spot struggling students in your classroom. And even if you realize a student is having issues, figuring out how to help them achieve academic success before it is too late is yet another challenge. Having some basic teaching strategies on hand to not only recognize students who are falling behind, but also to help them catch up before it’s too late, is essential.

Identify struggling students

Struggling students come in a variety of forms, from the troublemaker to the quiet type. Figuring out who needs help achieving academic success is not always easy. “Swimming Read More…


Insights and Challenges as an Adjunct Instructor

According to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), more than 50 percent of those teaching at a college level are part- and full-time non-tenure track faculty, otherwise known as an adjunct instructor or contingent faculty. What are the issues these instructors face since they are not afforded the same security and academic freedom that full-time college professors enjoy? What efforts are being made to help in overcoming challenges faced by adjuncts?

Changing face of college instructors

There are many different names used to describe an adjunct instructor, according to the AAUP such as adjuncts, postdocs, non-tenure-track faculty, clinical faculty, part-timers, Read More…