Author: Lorraine Savage

Teaching Strategies: Students with Learning Disabilities

By now, you know that all students are unique and have their own learning preferences and strengths. You can adapt your teaching strategies to meet these needs, including the needs of students with learning disabilities. It’s vital for all instructors to become familiar with the types of learning disabilities in order to help facilitate a positive learning experience. Try these tips for expanding your teaching methods to be inclusive of all learning types.

Approach each student as an individual

Students with learning disabilities are the largest group of students with disabilities. Some of the many disabilities include difficulty in writing or reading, Read More…

How to Make Your College Lectures More Meaningful

Do you work toward facilitating active learning strategies in your college lectures? College students may feel disengaged in a large lecture hall, so rather than lose your audience, consider using active learning methods, which are more effective in helping students retain material than straight lectures. Here are some tips for college and university lecturers to keep students engaged.

Use active learning during lectures

Active learning helps develop problem solving, motivation for learning, and attitude for learning. According to Wilbert J. McKeachie and Marilla Svinicki in the book McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, 14th Edition: “The way students process verbal material Read More…

6 Ways to Help College Students Prepare for Final Exams

College instructors play a significant role in preparing their students for final exams. For example, before finals week, teachers can conduct a review session, go over questions from the midterm exam, and set up a study room. Read on to learn what review strategies might work best for your students.

Conduct a review session

A review class before the final exam is a good time to make sure students are on track and concentrating on the right material. Let the students know what is important information they should retain from this course. You could go over pertinent presentations and can also Read More…

Tips for Students: Apply Critical Thinking Skills During Final Exams

Critical thinking skills help college students reason through content. Final exams are conducted primarily to assess this reasoning process and your overall knowledge and retention of important facts and processes from the course studied. However, exams are filled not only with memorization of facts and figures, but also of thought processes, problem-solving, deductions, and inferences based on previously presented or known information. During finals week, make sure to utilize your critical thinking skills to prove that you’ve mastered the concepts.

Students can practice critical thinking

Critical thinking involves developing the ability to understand and articulate concepts that describe how the world works. Students Read More…

Tips for College Students: How to Begin Searching for Scholarships

College students are always looking for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and other help paying for college. Scholarships are popular because the monetary gift is free and does not have to be paid back, and because there are so many scholarship programs to choose from. But where to start searching and how to get a scholarship? Students can search their local community and visit scholarship websites to find information on federal, state, local, individuals, businesses, companies, religious groups, nonprofit organizations, etc. that offer undergraduate scholarships. Students usually have to qualify for specific scholarships, such as having a certain income, grade Read More…

College Instructors: Quick Tips for Improving Time Management

It often seems that there is never enough time in a semester to achieve everything you intended — and managing time on a day-to-day level is even trickier. Effective time management is essential for presenting well-planned classes and keeping your college students engaged in your lesson plan from the start to the end of class. In your continued professional development, try these tips for mastering your schedule, prioritizing, and making this a stress-free semester! (Or as much as possible, that is.)

The need for time management

The teaching profession is getting more complicated with tech-savvy students, more complex subject matter and new regulations. Time management Read More…

5 Tips for Assigning the First Research Paper of the Year

Many college students dread the research paper: the time involved, researching topics and material, writing coherently, and being tempted by plagiarism. In your curriculum, when assigning the first paper of the course, it’s important to explain the goal of the paper, describe the research paper format, offer viable research paper topics, and provide an example of research paper technique that meets their requirements.

Place the research in the context of the course

Instructors know the value in the research paper, which teaches academic research, library navigation, organizational thought processes, and presentation. Teachers should be aware of the challenges students face in writing papers. Read More…

Top 4 Back-to-School Stress Management Techniques

Back-to-school stress affects college students and instructors alike. Simply being mindful of stress management techniques can work wonders to help you feel better and learn to concentrate on the school year. Try our top four tips for managing stress as you return to another busy school year this fall.

Power of positive thinking

Think happy thoughts. It sounds simplistic but most stress comes from worry, frustration, and anxiety, usually about things you can’t control. Going back to school presents challenges, uncertainty, and awkward social situations—all of which can suck your emotional energy and cause stress. Instead, focus on all the positive experiences Read More…

Curriculum Development: Assigning Homework on the First Day

College instructors often debate the value (or harm) of assigning homework to college students on the first day of class. The general consensus is that it depends on the teacher and the subject matter. There is no right or wrong answer. Some teachers present an overview of the class syllabus, while others assign homework online due for the first day or assigned on the first day. In her book Curriculum in Context, 1st ed., Leigh Chiarelott said, “Many educators and parents argue that homework teaches students responsibility, time management skills, goal-setting strategies, and study skills, and these arguments are Read More…

Tips for College Students: Academic Advancement Opportunities

Students with no time to lose know that summer can provide the perfect time for academic advancement. College students can take advantage of summer break by enrolling in educational activities such as summer classes, summer internships, travel abroad programs, online classes, or volunteer work.

Finish your degree sooner

One option during the summer is to continue your college education by taking summer courses that count toward attaining your degree. As a typical bachelor’s degree is completed in four years and on rare occasions, five years, Jane S. Halonen explains in her book Your Guide to College Success: Strategies for Read More…